Features Key features of the Galaxy S4 mini  vs Ace 3 

screen size

We also think that the 4.3-inch diagonal also makes it the perfect size for those who find the 5-inch screens on modern flagship smartphones too imposing.
Galaxy S4 mini | by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

screen resolution

Galaxy S4 mini
960 x 540
Galaxy Ace 3
800 x 480
They aren't going to blow anyone's socks off, but the images are still very pleasant to look at, with neutral color representation and sufficient amount of detail.
Galaxy S4 mini | by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

memory

processor

Galaxy S4 mini
Dual core
Galaxy Ace 3
Dual core
Considering that this phone is running the quad-core Qualcomm 600 chip, clocked at 1.9GHz and combined with 2GB of RAM, we would have expected this phone to run faster than anything we'd ever seen before.
Galaxy S4 mini | by TechRadar (Jul, 2014)

camera resolution

The processor of the Galaxy S4 mini is a dual-core, 1.7GHz chip of the Snapdragon variety, the screen's resolution has been brought down to just 540 by 960 pixels, and the main camera has been downgraded to 8 megapixels.
Galaxy S4 mini | by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

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Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes vs No Somewhat common; Share your cellphone's data plan with other devices
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Significantly faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1 GHz 70% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Longer talk time (3G) 720 min vs 480 min 50% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
More battery capacity 1,900 mA·h vs 1,500 mA·h More than 25% more battery capacity
Lighter 107 g vs 120 g More than 10% lighter
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 2.2x higher def video
Bigger screen 4.3" vs 4" More than 5% bigger screen
Slightly sharper screen 256 ppi vs 233 ppi Around 10% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Thinner 8.9 mm vs 10 mm More than 10% thinner
Back view of Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

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Significantly better theoretical download speed 150 Mb/s vs 100 Mb/s 50% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 mini  vs Ace 3 

8.5
7.0
We are genuinely impressed by how light, thin, and extremely portable the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is considering the fact that it packs a 4.3-inch screen and a 1900mAh battery.
Galaxy S4 mini

9.0
6.0
Tabbed browsing and incognito browsing are available in both browsers, but making new bookmarks in Samsung's own browser is slightly easier than in Chrome.
Galaxy S4 mini

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
6.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Galaxy S4 mini  vs
Ace 3 
Size 4.3" 4"
Resolution 960 x 540 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 256 ppi 233 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Dual core
RAM 1.5 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 8 GB 4 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDXC
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 5 MP
Resolution 8 MP 5 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE (20 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 720 min 480 min
Standby time (3G) 18,000 min 22,176 min
Capacity 1,900 mA·h 1,500 mA·h

form factor

Galaxy S4 mini  vs
Ace 3 
Weight 107 g 120 g
Thickness 8.9 mm 10 mm
Size 61.3 x 124.6 x 8.9 mm 62.7 x 121.2 x 10 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes No

software

Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes No
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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