Yesterday, 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 on Thursday. However, while Samsung was more than happy to talk specs, the company was a little less generous with details concerning pricing and a release date.
That didn't stop retailer Clove from putting the device up for pre-order, though, and it seems another retailer has gone and done the same. This time, however, there is a release date. Phones 4u has the GSIII Mini up for pre-order and has the shipping date listed as November 2. It also lists the phone on Orange, O2, or Vodafone on various different plans. Depending on your contract, the price of the device itself ranges from free to £199.99. Clove still has the phone listed for £250 but has not yet specified a ship date for pre-orders.
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. Samsung said yesterday that it was inspired to create a smaller Galaxy S III after research indicated a strong desire for the 4-inch form factor.
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This makes more sense than the gi-normous screen of the normal S III.Reply
Its not rocket science on the cost and market for this phone... It'll be a $100 contract phone... allowing the S3 to remain the $200 flagship phone. The S4 is already rumored to have an even BIGGER SCREEN for some stupid reason.Reply
Its the value that keeps the price at around $200. The Nokia900 has been a FREE phone for weeks. Its amazing that my Atrix HD is a $0~50~100 phone depending where you get it from, yet its 95% matching features to the GS3.
Even if the SGS3 was a $100 phone, I'd still go for the Atrix HD. Still, glad to see them taking sales away from Apple... and hopefully both Apple and Android will keep WP8 down, forever.