The Samsung Galaxy SIII mini, which went on sale in the UK on Thursday, includes a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera and also the Jelly Bean 4.1 Android operating-system.
Despite being called 'mini', the handset includes a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display. Additionally, it has all of the staple smartphone features, including Bluetooth (4.0), Wi-Fi, GPS and HSPA connectivity, as well as access to the Android app store. In addition to these essential elements, the S3 mini carries a number of the Samsung-specific features available on its larger sibling.
"This compact version features the ability to understand human gestures, S Voice, which supplies customised commands, along with Direct Call, which allows customers to automatically call that person simply in the motion of lifting the phone with their ear... to create a competent and natural consumer experience," Samsung said in the statement.
Carphone Warehouse offers the unit for free on the Orange network on deals of £20.50 each month, using a two-year commitment. Amazon UK is selling the handset SIM-free for just under £300, nevertheless the online retailer is still listing the device as on pre-order, with an earliest ship date of 17 November.
Network operator Three said the Galaxy S3 mini come in its stores from Friday, and will be entirely on its website from 16 November.
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People who have been waiting for the Galaxy Express, which is an LTE-enabled phone, can now get their unit in Germany. This device features a dual core processor that clocks in at 1.5 GHz and this 4.5-incher runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 version. It also has 1 GB memory, 8GB storage that is expandable using microSD.
It can be recalled that the US carrier, AT&T has launched a similar phone awhile back. In Germany, the device will cost €489. It sounds expensive but with extensive LTE-coverage in most of Europe, this phone can actually be quite cost effective in the long run. It is comparable to the Galaxy S3 and is available in white. It will also be available in other markets in the near future and by that time; other colors will already be available.
The Galaxy Express is a great addition to Samsung's LTE phones. It should also benefit from future improvements that Samsung plans to provide to its flagship as well as other popular devices.
Vodafone has announced the Vodafone Smart III, its latest affordable Android handset for those on a budget.
Following the line of own-brand devices, the new Smart III comes with a 4-inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution display. That might make for a slightly soft rendering of the Android Jelly Bean operating system, but at this price you can hardly complain.
The Smart III features a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and all the usual connectivity options.
The Vodafone Smart III only priced at £95 on Pay as you go.