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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini with NFC will be available by the end of January

Samsung has announced an updated Galaxy S3 Mini with NFC capabilities that should be available at the end of January.
January 21, 2013
Galaxy S3 Mini front

Samsung has announced an updated version of the Galaxy S3 Mini that will include NFC capability. The diminutive device will hit the market in the UK by the end of this month. The addition of NFC will allow Samsung to include S Beam and faster data transfers with WiFi Direct.

The NFC-equipped Galaxy S3 Mini will also have the capability to use mobile wallet services, although Samsung has yet to clearly indicate if or which providers would take advantage of it. Samsung also hasn’t announced a price, but it will likely be about the same as the original, which is $429 unlocked and off-contract – perhaps the most appealing thing about the device.

While the features that the addition of NFC will provide are nice, the rest of the device’s specs remain as disappointing as before, including a WVGA Super AMOLED 4-inch display and a dual-core processor. Are any of you guys excited about the slightly updated Galaxy S3 Mini?