That’s definitely good news for fans of S3’s smaller brother, but it also confirms that we weren’t wrong when we predicted Samsung will have a tough job in making this mid-ranger successful.
The 16 GB version is up for grabs only today (18 hours to go and counting) for $349.99, which is a nifty 200 bucks discount off the list price of $549.99. The phone is of course unlocked and SIM-free, but the downside is that it lacks both 4G LTE speeds and HSPA+, being a 3G only device with AT&T-friendly frequencies.
That’s not to say this is not a “steal”, considering the 4-incher’s S3-like winning design, the running of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the dual-core 1 GHz CPU under the hood, the 1 GB of RAM, and, most importantly, the microSD support allowing you to extend the 16 GB of on-board storage.
You also get plenty of connectivity options, like Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, while the capacitive touchscreen doesn’t exactly have the best resolution in the world (only 800 x 480 pixels), but it is part of the Super AMOLED family that we’ve grown so fond of lately.
So, how about it folks? Is this price cut enough to make you want the S3 Mini or will Samsung need to do even better?