A little later than expected.
Last month, Samsung gave its flagship Galaxy S III Smartphone a baby brother. Measuring four inches in size (compared to the GSIII's 4.6-inch display), the Galaxy S III Mini was confirmed at a launch event in Germany. It later emerged, thanks to pre-order pages from retailers, that the phone would be launching in the United Kingdom in November. Though the release date was thought to be November 2 (tomorrow!), that's apparently not the case.
Samsung today announced that the pint-sized Galaxy would be headed to UK stores on November 8, which is this day next week. Luckily, you won't have to switch networks to get your hands on this device, as Samsung revealed that it will be available across all major networks when it launches next week.
"Our latest addition to the Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy S III Mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the Galaxy S III in a new elegant yet compact form," said Samsung UK & Ireland's Simon Stanford. " Following the massive success and popularity of the Galaxy S III and all its features, we are confident customers will enjoy the Galaxy SIII Mini when it hits the shelves on the 8th November."
The Galaxy S III Mini packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 4-inch, WVGA AMOLED screen, 8 or 16GB (up to 32GB of external via microSD), a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera for video chat, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, GPS, and NFC. At its unveiling, Samsung said it was inspired to create a smaller Galaxy S III after research indicated a strong desire for the 4-inch form factor.
Still no word on a U.S. launch, but we'll keep you posted.