The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini has surfaced through Three UK as well, and it is available for purchase from the carrier’s retail stores. For those who aren’t aware, the device in question is a compact version of the South Korean conglomerate’s flagship handset, which maintains the design language and feature incorporated within the latter.
The handset comes in 2 options, namely marble white and pebble blue. Unlike its larger variant that houses a quad core processor with 1GB of RAM (a dual core SOC and 2GB system memory in select markets), this version packs in a 1GHz dual core CPU. The screen size has been reduced down to 4 inches and the panel employed here is a WVGA Super AMOLED display and not an HD screen like the original S3.
However, it does possess most features that first launched with the foremost handset. They include Pop up play, Direct call, S Voice, Smart Alert, Best Photo, Smart Stay, Social Tag and much more. The device initially hit the rumor mill when the company started to send out invites for a Samsung Mobile press event in Germany. On October 11, the handset was officially unveiled and the main reason behind the Galaxy S3 mini was to provide a more comfortable grip and deliver convenient one-hand use.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is available for free through Three UK when coupled with a qualifying plan. Potential buyers can even purchase the handset on Pay As You Go basis for £269.99 plus a top up. The device can be picked up via the carrier’s retail stores and it’s expected to be in stock online from November 16 onwards. Additionally, other retailers such as Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and O2 are also offering the smartphone for free with a monthly subscription starting from £25. The carrier-unlocked variant is up for grabs through Amazon and Clove for a price of £299.99 and £310.80, respectively.
Main highlight include:
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
- 1GHz dual core processor
- VGA front camera; 5MP rear snapper with auto-focus and LED flash
- Up to 8GB of internal memory; 32GB expandable
- Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, HSPA, GPS with GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
- 1500mAh battery
- Dimensions: 121.55mm x 63mm x 9.9mm; Weight: 120 grams