Soundcore Mini 3: Compact Bluetooth speaker with 15h runtime for $39.99

Soundcore has secretly launched a whole slew of new products on the market. The Soundcore Mini 3 is a continuation of the popular Mini series, which is supposed to convince with its sound despite its compact design.

Soundcore Mini 3 Speaker

Small but mighty?

Soundcore calls the Mini 3 the “party in your pocket”, after all, the Bluetooth speaker measures just 8.4 cm in height with a diameter of 6.9 cm. 8.4 cm high? That’s even smaller than a pack of tissues. The headphones are completely black, but have a metallic finish on the top, which almost makes them look like the little brother of a Tronsmart T6 Max. Not only is the Soundcore logo on the top, but there is also a fabric loop on the side for easier carrying of the speaker. By the way, it weighs 227g.

Anker Soundcore Mini 3 Compact

The buttons for operating the speaker are located on the bottom, including a status LED. The speaker has an IPX7 rating, so it is protected against water and can even withstand being submerged for a short time. On the “back” of the Soundcore 3 Mini is a plastic cover that hides the USB-C port for charging. After three to four hours of charging, a battery runtime of 15 hours is possible. However, that naturally depends on the selected volume.

Anker Soundcore Mini 3 speaker promotional graphic in water indicating IPX7 protection rating

Pair with up to 100 speakers

Unfortunately, Soundcore doesn’t specify what 6W drivers they’re installing here, but they do promise 360° all-around sound. In contrast to an Earfun UBoom, the Mini 3’s speaker is actually only directed upwards and not to all sides. However, the speaker offers Soundcore’s BassUp technology, which is supposed to provide a bit more “boom” in the sound, at least temporarily. Due to the size alone, you cannot expect a sound like that of the Motion+, for example.

Anker Soundcore Mini 3 speaker promotional graphic indicating 15 hours of battery life

In return, however, the Soundcore 3 Mini convinces with smart features such as PartyCast technology, with which you can pair with up to 100 devices of this series, just like with the Flare 2! It’s also cool that the manufacturer has thought of integrating this into the Soundcore app as well. This gives you easy access to the equalizer, allowing you to customize the sound to your liking. To connect to your phone, the box uses Bluetooth 5, so we expect a decent range of more than 10m as well.

Assessment

The Anker Soundcore 3 Mini could be a decent powerhouse, at least the promised is already impressive for this size. However, the smart features like the Soundcore app or the PartyCast technology are more convincing for me personally. However, those who can do without such features should get better sound from an Earfun UBoom for a small surcharge. Nevertheless, we would like to see a review of the Soundcore 3 Mini. Or have any of you already used it and could share your experiences with us?

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My special interests are smartphones from China and I am always keen to discover new smartphone accessories like smartwatches and headphones. 

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