Galaxy S3 Mini

We've gotten several bits of information on the pricing and availability of that awkwardly mid-range Galaxy S3 Mini before, and now Carphone Warehouse has released its pricing details. Falling in line with previous retailers, Carphone Warehouse will be selling the device SIM-free for "under £300" -- which falls into line with the other retailer's prices of about £298 -- as well as on-contract pricing with tariffs as low as £25 monthly and the device free.

It may have been an appealing low-cost option for folks in Europe, but since the pricing on the Nexus 4 has dropped its hard to see who picks this up over Google's latest superphone offering.

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Price Revealed

LONDONNovember 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

When the Samsung Galaxy S III hit the market a few months ago, the smartphone world was buzzing, with many rushing out to get their hands on one of the most feature-packed mobile devices to date. Then, not long ago, rumours began to emerge about a smaller, mini version of the S III, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. It was finally made official and, yeah, it's smaller, but still packs many of the features that made its bigger brother the must-have phone of the summer.

Smart stay was a feature that many were intrigued with; stare at the screen, and the S III Mini will recognise your face, keeping the screen bright until you look away. The trick is pulled off thanks to some clever software that's coupled with the front facing camera. It actually recognises your eyes and tracks them, enabling it to determine when you're reading, and when you're done. It should help you save more battery life, and get rid of some frustration from early-dimming displays.

There's also the now famous Popup play feature, a perfect example of the easy and efficient multitasking abilities of modern smartphones. This feature lets you open a stored video into a popup window. This video is always on top, appearing above everything else on the screen. You can move it around so it's not in the way, and it's really cool for searching the web or messaging without having to miss your favourite show. The 4" screen of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, while smaller than the larger S III, still offers plenty of room. We'll get onto the advantages of the smaller screen a little later.

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini also has built-in voice control, which Samsung calls S Voice. This lets you launch apps, make calendar reminders, search the internet, turn on and off features and more, all with just your voice.

Of course, the S III Mini isn't just a downsized S III - it actually offers a few things the larger phone doesn't. For one, there's that smaller screen. While the current trend in smartphones has been to increase the size, an extreme example being the mammoth Samsung Galaxy Note II with its 5.5" display, smaller displays are easier to use, especially with one hand, and mean the phone can be built to a smaller size, meaning it's easier to carry around. It also helps with battery life - the main draw on a smartphone's battery is still the screen, so a smaller touchscreen means less power needs to be used to light it up.

There's also the small matter of the S III Mini's software. It comes in the box with a newer operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This is smoother, faster and includes new features like offline voice typing and an improved Google Search feature. There's also blocking mode, a feature that lets you limit what your phone notifies you about. This can be texts, phone calls or reminders. You're free to turn it on and off manually, via a timer, and set up exceptions, so for example your best friend can ring you while you're out, but no sales calls will get through.

Finally, there's the price. High street and online retailer Carphone Warehouse is offering the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini for as little as £25 a month, with the handset yours for free. Upgrades are given at the same rate, and SIM free you can pick the S III Mini up for under £300, making it a more economical option than the full sized S III.

Notes to Editors

• Carphone Warehouse is the largest independent mobile phone retailer in the UK, with over 800 stores nationwide

• Discover how to get more from your gadgets with eye openers from Carphone Warehouse. Eye openers is a YouTube channel which features videos of Carphone Warehouse team members sharing useful hints and tips on everything from laptops to Sat Navs to the latest mobile phones. With new videos being added each month, users can search through hundreds of videos athttp://www.youtube.com/user/eyeopeners.

About Carphone Warehouse and Geek Squad

In 2006 Best Buy established a partnership with Carphone Warehouse to bring its business model and mobile phone expertise to the US market under the banner 'Best Buy Mobile'. Two years later, Best Buy acquired 50% of The Carphone Warehouse's European and US retail interests for £1.1billion, creating Best Buy Europe.  The joint venture now encompasses the following retail and technical support brands: Carphone Warehouse, The Phone House and Geek Squad.

 

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Carphone Warehouse selling Galaxy S3 Mini from £25 monthly

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i agree with the announcement of the n4 this looks really expensive for its spec but even though peeple like us will say no to this phone becasue of its spec there will be people out there that will say no to the n4 and other big phones due to the screen size...but n4 16gb for £280 is just mind blowing and i have a s3 and i would have sold my s3 for the n4 if it had a sd card slot...for me it is a must have feature as i leave the built in phone storage for apps and keep all my photos,music and videos on the sd card...with about 12gb of media the n4 will be unusable for me also with games becoming bigger and bigger that internal memory will fill up quickly...i had a 8gb n7 and i could barely install much games on that for example horn is 3gb,asphalt is like 2gb,gta is like 1gb etc etc so unless you dont play a lot games and dont have much media then n4 16gb is great...as much as some people like to think its all about the cloud,the majority of people still dont use the cloud for other than backup and with data being expensive and with caps its going to be really hard to rely on just the clod with limited data ie if your data limit is 3gb if you watch 1 hd movie that uses over 1.5gb of data...i dont see the harm of having the option of micro sd card android is about options so they should have kept that as an option...there reasoning i call bs as well cause majority of people know how to use sd cards as they have been around for ages and also majority of people who buy this device will most likely be technically informed...the s3 has sd card slot and sold 30million dont think having a sd card is confusing anyone...the only time i will buy a device without sd card is if it comes with 64gb