Samsung Galaxy S3 mini release date and price confirmed

Both the release date and price of the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini have been confirmed by both Phones4U and the independent unlocked phone specialist shop,

Samsung Galaxy S3 mini release date – 2 November
Samsung’s new mid-range Android handset, which is the baby brother of the Samsung Galaxy S3, will be available to buy from 2 November onwards, with both shops already taking pre-orders.

Samsung Galaxy S3 mini price – £294.98
The Galaxy S3 mini is a mid-range phone so it’s quite a bit cheaper than its flagship namesake, though not as cheap as we might have expected. SIM-free and unlocked you can pick it up for £294.98, while phones4U is listing a variety of deals with Vodafone, Orange and O2, with the phone being free on 24 month contracts of above about £25.

At those sorts of prices it’s in the same sort of price bracket as the far superior HTC One X. But, we expect prices to settle down to a lower level than this in the coming days and weeks.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini launched yesterday, after having been highly anticipated for several weeks. But, hopes of it being a true mini version of Samsung’s flagship Android phone were soon dashed. Instead it sports a modest specification of a dual-core 1GHz processor, 4in WVGA screen and 8/16GB storage options, with both NFC and 4G missing.

It still retains the S3’s styling, though, and should prove a great buy for those looking to save a few pennies.

Will you be putting in your pre-order or are your hands big enough to handle the full Galaxy S3 experience? Let us know your thoughts via Twitter, Facebook and the comments.

More Mobile Phone News >

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor