Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini with NFC Out This Month

Samsung has announced an NFC-enabled variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Its name notwithstanding, the Mini bears very little resemblance to the high-end Galaxy S3. The Mini has specs of a mid-range phone: 4-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a dual-core 1GHz processor with 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a micro SD card slot, and 5-MP and 0.3-MP cameras. NFC will allow the phone to make contactless payments and transfer content to other compatible smartphones using S Beam. The NFC-enabled Mini will arrive in the UK January 30. Availability outside UK and pricing have not been announced.

What Else You Need To Know

  • The NFC-lacking variant of the Mini has been retailing $430 contract-free.
  • The Galaxy S 3, the high-end sibling of the Mini, is Samsung's best selling smartphone with over 40 million units sold in the first six months.

Other sources

The Galaxy S III Mini was launched in October, and while it does closely resemble the Galaxy S III in terms of looks, it’s not really just a smaller version of that – as its name might imply. Instead, it’s a decent midrange device, though one that is still a tad overpriced considering its specs - Vlad Bobleanta, Unwired View  
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