Samsung Galaxy S3 mini goes on sale in the UK

Samsung Galaxy S3 mini goes on sale in the UK

Summary: The 4-inch smartphone follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy SIII is now available to buy in Britain for around £300 SIM-free, or for free on qualifying contracts of £20.50 per month.

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The not-so-diminutive follow-up to the current best-selling smartphone in the world, the Galaxy SIII (S3), is now available to buy in the UK.

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The Samsung Galaxy SIII mini has gone on sale in the UK.

The Galaxy SIII mini, which went on sale in the UK on Thursday, comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera and the Jelly Bean (4.1) Android operating system.

Despite being called 'mini', the handset has a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display. It also has all of the staple smartphone features, such as Bluetooth (4.0), Wi-Fi, GPS and HSPA connectivity, as well as access to the Android app store.

In addition to these essential elements, the S3 mini carries some of the Samsung-specific features found on its larger sibling.

"This compact version features the ability to understand human gestures, S Voice, which provides customised commands, as well as Direct Call, which allows customers to automatically call that person simply from the motion of lifting the phone to their ear... to make an efficient and natural user experience," Samsung said in a statement.

Carphone Warehouse is offering the device for free on the Orange network on deals of £20.50 per month, with a two-year commitment. Amazon UK is selling the handset SIM-free for just under £300, but the online retailer is still listing the device as on pre-order, with an earliest ship date of 17 November.

Network operator Three said the Galaxy S3 mini will be in its stores from Friday, and will be available on its website from 16 November. On a pay-as-you-go basis, the handset costs £270 from Three, if bought with a top-up.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Mobility, Samsung, United Kingdom

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  • Bit of an ad..

    But what's to be said of a phone that doesn't exist in the real world yet? It's going to be really interesting to see how it squares up against the nexus 4 just £25 cheaper..

    I understand not giving it LTE; at least in the UK it's still a bit gimmicky and costly, but it doesn't appear to have hspa+ which is disappointing; especially as on three you will notice this difference. We did a test in the office (okay with iPhones, but we needed a common platform) we reflashed an iPhone 3gs(three) 4s(three) and 5 (ee) installed the same speedtest app, and ofcourse the 3gs got totalled - 2mb/s! However the oher results were very interesting - three's 3.5g got 18.7mb/s whilst ee's 4g got 19.2mb/s.

    Ofcourse ee's scores will increase as more masts go up, but as real world tests go it's pretty interesting.

    I do hope i've mis-read as a lack of hspa+ will make it pretty lackluster even with three's unlimited data.
    MarknWill