The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is so last year, especially now that its successor is out, but it does qualify as a pretty good mid-range smartphone, which is probably why AT&T now plans on making the device available to its customers. The handset is currently up for pre-order and it’s competitively priced at just $0.99 with a two-year agreement, of course.
In spite of the cost, the Galaxy S3 mini will deliver 4G LTE connectivity. As you’re aware, the handset is the compact version of last year’s flagship (read our review), featuring the same design and user experience. The smartphone delivers Android 4.2 Jelly Bean along with a good dose of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. You get popular tools such as S Voice, S Beam, Group Play, Easy Mode (for new users), Smart Stay and a lot more. The front has a 4-inch WVGA display accompanied by a VGA camera, while the rear sports a 5MP AF snapper with LED flash.
At the heart of the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is a dual core Qualcomm processor ticking at 1.2GHz. The device sports 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash storage as well as a microSDXC card slot for expansion. Design-wise, it measures 4.77 x 2.46 x 0.34 in dimensions and weighs nearly 4 ounces. The company has thrown in NFC support along with other connectivity options such as Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini can also be picked up with a one-year contract for $250.99, a month to month subscription for $284.99 or on the AT&T Next program for $14 a month. The device will ship on September 24.