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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini launched in UK; priced at £269.99

Last Updated: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 21:34

Zeebiz Bureau

The younger version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 — Galaxy S3 Mini — has arrived in the UK with mobile service provider Three to become the first of the mobile operators to start rolling out the new device.

The smartphone has not been put up on the website but according to sources the device will be available for free from £28 a month, along with 500 minutes plus 5,000 texts and unlimited monthly data.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will also be available on Three via pay as you go, costing about £269.99 when it is bought with the £10 top-up.

Here are Galaxy S3 Mini’s features you might be interested in:


The younger sibling carries a Super AMOLED 4-inch display with a screen resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, fair bit of compromise when compared to the Galaxy S3.

The resolution on the S3 Mini seems out-of-date when the competition, hauling the same screen size, comes in better HD resolution schemes.

There isn’t tad much of a difference in screen resolution when viewed by the naked eye, though it’s not going to slip under the eyes of the experts.


Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.4GHz. It’s an interesting piece of detail when compared to the new kid on the block. It looks like the Korean giant halved the spec sheet with the Galaxy S3 Mini.

Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, the mini S3 is quite efficient for running applications and looks more than comfortable to run Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. The chipset is a Mali-400 based GPU, meaning that the benchmarking results will be optimised; not nearly as capable as the Galaxy S3 but enough juice to power major applications and processes.

Operating System

It all comes down to who is garbed in Android clothing better; in this case, the S3 Mini.

While the Galaxy S3 is still shipped with the earlier version of the Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, the S3 Mini will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

It will grace Samsung’s TouchWiz UI while bringing in a more intuitive interface which the Jelly Bean carries.

Score one for the S3 Mini.


The design echoes its elder brother, the Galaxy S3, with a few changes of its own. Stuffed into a thicker casing, the Galaxy S3 Mini mirrors the Galaxy S3 quite closely.

Its removable battery rear, its plastic casing, the colour scheme are all a shade less than the Galaxy S3. The dimensions stand at 9.9mm x 63mm and weighing in at 119 gm.


In the connectivity department, the S3 Mini isn’t behind the Galaxy S3.

Both devices carry NFC wireless comm., both have the industry standard Bluetooth/GPS and Wi-Fi and both have a microUSB.

The thing most about the microUSB is its MHL compliance. You can watch HD videos but with only the correct cable, a cable meant for Samsung’s own connectivity options. A downer, considering the USD 30 the cable costs.

First Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 21:34
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