Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Earlier today we reported on the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. Now we have confirmation that a U.K. SIM-free version of the Mini will arrive in white and blue variants, priced at £298.80.

We don’t know exactly when the phone is coming to the United Kingdom, but Vodafone has already confirmed they will carry the new smartphone “soon”. Is the new Galaxy S3 Mini actually worth getting? Yes and no. It isn’t the fastest device around, but it is a capable enough mid-range device that manages to have Jelly Bean onboard from day one.

What kind of features do you get with the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini? A dual-core 1GHz processor, a 5MP rear cam, a VGA front cam, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microSD expansion, 8/16GB storage options and a 1,500mAh battery. If you were hoping for something just like the full-sized Galaxy S3 – only smaller – this isn’t it. The weaker dual-core, lower-end cameras and smaller battery are far from impressive. While this doesn’t affect the U.K. all that much, it also doesn’t support LTE.

Clearly, the S3 Mini doesn’t even begin to compare to its bigger brother when it comes to hardware. Still, for fans of smaller phones, there are few existing dual-core options that come with Jelly Bean. Samsung’s latest phone is attractive enough, even if it is far from ground breaking. So how about it, anyone interested in the Galaxy S3’s little brother?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Xeltos

    Thats nearly same prise as Galaxy s2. Why in the world i would buy it? It has 1.2 ghz processor. so why why why would I not choose the S2? i mean WTF?

    • Kassim

      If there was any justice (aka ‘genuine corparate conscious’) in this world, this phone – along with the HTC Desire X which has pretty similar specs and others of their ilk- would cost no more than £200 in today’s world, considering the ‘backward’ 800×480 screen res!

      At the very most £250, with the inevitable ‘shareholder tax’ (aka profit margins as high as they can go with the least consumer resistance).

      Annoyingly, many mid-rangers are priced relative to prices of top of the range devices and as such provide some truly awful value-for-money! Basically, if they can charge you £400+ for a top of the ranger, they will inflate the price of their next offering down even if it’s half the phone.

      It’s surprising what the strength of a particular brand can do to the price of an
      under-par product (aka ‘shameless corporate marketing tactics’…taking advantage of a stronger product to flog a cheaper hunk of circuitry such as this)…oh wait, it’s not the only example of this is it?!

      I should do well to remember that ALL manufacturers are in it for the wonga – completely and utterly. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Anyhow, my Nexus 7 – one of the best value mobile devices around which still turns a healthy profit – will remain as my sole ‘smart’ device for ages yet…

  • andify

    I was hoping for a good hardware configuration.. This has let me down.. This was supposed to be a good competition for other phones in 4 inch category, it fails..

  • Darktanone

    The design reminds me of a white iPhone 3GS. It needs to be priced more competitively if it’s to present a challenge to the iPhone 4/4S. It clearly will not be a challenge to the iPhone 5. No phone is!