Samsung launches Galaxy S III Mini

In the shortest ever time between being leaked and official launch, Samsung has announced its Galaxy S III Mini, and it is indeed a downsized version of the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III superphone.

Curved and minimal, the design echoes that of the S III, with a glossy plastic chassis packing a four-inch Super AMOLED screen. A reduced 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm build and 111.5g weight means it'll be far more lightweight and potentially more prone to flex than the already-light S III.

In hardware specs, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera and 8GB or 16GB of storage puts it somewhere between this year's Galaxy S Advance and last year's Galaxy S II.

Like the S III however, it'll come running Android Jelly Bean and sporting the same next-gen Samsung software tweaks including gesture control shortcuts on the user interface.

NFC support allows both S-Beam and Android Beam for near-instantaneous file transfer between two NFC devices.

The Galaxy S III was voted by our readers and our expert team to be the 2012 Phone of the Year, so we're keen to see how this smaller and indubitably lower-cost version does.

UPDATE: Clove has announced the price of the 8GB version at £298, available for pre-order now on the Clove site. No availability date has been confirmed.

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