Comparison - Huawei Ideos X3 vs Samsung Galaxy Mini
Written by Wahyudhi
Both are touchscreen slates, and comes in slightly different screen sizes – the Huawei Ideos X3 has a 3.2-inch touchscreen displaying 320 x 480 pixels which is a bit bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Mini's 3.14-inch touchscreen displaying 240 x 320 pixels. Huawei's button arrangement is noticeably different, having three front-facing buttons + a home button, in contrast to the Samsung Galaxy Mini's two button format + a home button.
They weigh almost the same – a tad more than 100 grams. Same goes for the thickness the Samsung Galaxy Mini is just 1mm thicker than the Huawei Ideos X3.
Not all Android smartphones are built alike, and the Huawei Ideos X3 comes with the newer Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) build, while the Samsung Galaxy Mini has comes with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and is skinned with Samsung TouchWiz 3.0 UI.
Under the hood, both smartphones are powered by a 600MHz processor, they are separated by their RAM – the Samsung Galaxy Mini has a 384MB RAM, in contrast to the 256MB RAM on the Huawei Ideos X3. On the Huawei Ideos X3 there is 150MB internal memory with a microSD slot that is able to support up to 32GB. There is 150MB internal memory onboard the Samsung Galaxy Mini, and it comes with a microSD card slot as well.
Despite their entry-level point, both the Huawei Ideos X3 and Samsung Galaxy Mini come with a decent 3.15-megapixel camera that shoots 2048x1536 pixels. Both cameras are capable of recording video as well. The Huawei Ideos X3 comes with a front-facing camera but the Samsung Galaxy Mini does not. However, the Samsung Galaxy Mini's camera is capable of geotagging.
Connectivity-wise, both smartphones share HSDPA, WiFi and WiFi hotspot support. They share Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity as well.
They are both priced at a budget RM599. So when it comes down to choosing a device, we suggest looking at the hardware and software as the deciding factor. On that note, we felt that the Samsung Galaxy Mini is edged out by Huawei Ideos X3's with its better display, a tad more performance and is powered by the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
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Huawei Ideos X3 (RM599)
Priced at RM599, the affordable Huawei Ideos X3 is no slouch and is powered by the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform. The 11.2mm device boasts a 3.2-inch capacitive HVGA touchscreen, 600MHz CPU, 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera, front-facing camera, 256MB of RAM. All powered by a 1200mAh Li-ion battery. It is designed to support Bluetooth 2.1, A2DP, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, FM Radio, GPS and external micro USB of up to 32GB. The X3 was released back in late June, for the price of RM599.
Samsung Galaxy Mini (RM599)
The Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 is an Android-based smartphone powered by a 600 MHz processor. It has a 3.14-inch capacitive display which supports Swype. The Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 has the measurements of 110.4 x 60.8 x 12.1mm weighing a mere 105 grams. It comes equipped with a 3.15-megapixel camera, 160MB of internal memory, FM Radio, GPS, Bluetooth, HSDPA, WiFi and a MicroSD slot capable of supporting up to 32GB of additional memory. It was released back in late June for RM 599 and is also available via a U Mobile bundle.
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