O+ 8.12 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Specs Comparison : Midrange Android Smartphone Battle!

As I've shared in a previous post, one of O+'s main goals in bringing their handset and tablet business to the Philippines is to be able to offer Pinoy consumers a viable alternative to far more expensive brands that are currently dominating the market.

According to our friends from the American electronics company, "We studied the Asia Pacific market and we learned that the Philippines is the most lucrative location for our business in this region because of Pinoys' rising interest in gadgets. We understand that the latest smartphone and tablet technology can come with a hefty price so our main objective is to make those more accessible to consumers by keeping the prices of our devices very affordable."

They also told me that a large part of achieving their goal is making sure that the power and quality of their products can match if not surpass that of their direct competitors from other brands. After all, low price tag is just one of the many factors that Pinoys consider when making a gadget purchase. "O+ is an OEM. We don't just rebrand phones. We make them ourselves and we always make sure that their design, specs, and features are up to par," they shared.

O+ 8.12 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Specs Fight : Can O+ Win?

One of the most successful Android smartphones that O+ has released thus far is its flagship handset from December 2012 to April 2013, the O+ 8.12 -- and for good reason. The device sports the very best design, construction, and technical specifications that O+ could have given it during the time of its release.

"The phone comes with a durable body highlighted by a scratch-resistant touchscreen protecting the 4.5-inch QVGA IPS display. It is powered by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 based MediaTek chipset and handles multitasking with 1 GB of RAM. At the back, you'll find an 8 MegaPixel camera with LED flash, which also works as an HD video recorder. But the best part is that it now ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed as opposed to ICS, which it had when we introduced it back in December," shares O+'s marketing team.

Looking at the handset's specs and Php 11,990 midrange price point, I would say that O+ 8.12's main competitor in the market right now is the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini.

Upon release around November last year, the smaller version of the Korean company's 2012 flagship smartphone donned an SRP of Php 14,999 and had technical specifications, which include a 4-inch WVGA SuperAMOLED display, a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 based NovaThor chipset, 1 GB of RAM, 5 MegaPixel main camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

As you might have noticed, there are overlaps in the specs of the two handsets - like the processor, RAM, and the OS - and I believe this serves as proof that O+ has already delivered on its promise of providing a viable alternative to more expensive models. Also, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini arrived just a month ahead of O+ 8.12 and it's amazing that despite the proximity of their release dates, O+ was able to price their stellar 'alternative' Php 3,000 less than the Korean company's handset.

But what's even cooler is that, studying this comparison table between the two smartphones, it appears that in terms of technical specifications - at least, O+ 8.12 runs circles around Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini.

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Looking at the table, it's clear that O+ 8.12 has a higher resolution main camera and a bigger battery pack, plus it comes replete with more value-added features including a scratch-resistant touchscreen and O+'s patented Air Shuffle technology for the Camera, Photo Album, FM radio and Music, allowing you to take photos and browse content simply by waving your hand in front of the handset's display. You can argue that Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has a SuperAMOLED screen, which looks better than the IPS panel on O+ 8.15 but you should also note that the latter's display is 0.5 inch larger.

As for the phones' innards, since they're largely the same, I opted to run Antutu Benchmark Test on both handsets to measure the overall power of their CPU, RAM, 2D and 3D graphics, and I/O. SGS3 Mini got a score of 6897 while O+ 8.12 scored 6,848. Based on the figures, I'd say that in terms of performance, the two phones are almost the same with SGS3 Mini having a very, very slight edge.

Again, I want to remind you that this is just a specs comparison between the two phones. There are, of course, other factors that I didn't touch like design, ecosystem, and after-sales support, which you should consider when making a gadget purchase. To those who are wondering about what O+ can deliver in the Android smartphone category, I hope I was able to give you an idea of how competitive the company is in the specs department. If you have further questions and clarifications (or if you're an O+ 8.12 or Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini owner), kindly share your thoughts below.