Samsung to launch NFC edition of Galaxy S III mini

The original launch got a decent review from us, but we certainly weren't blown away, especially at the price. Maybe the new version of the Galaxy S III mini will fare better?

We wouldn't bet on it. Samsung has announced that it is introducing a slightly upgraded version of the phone, but the upgrade is still a fairly niche one. The big/only change is NFC connectivity, which is a bonus if you like wireless file transfers (via Samsung's S Beam technology) or paying for coffee on your phone. But for everyone else, it's business as usual.

The main problem with the Galaxy S III mini is the price point. While the phone itself is a pretty decent mid-range offering, you are looking at around £270 to secure one as a pay-as-you-go smartphone. That gets you a four-inch Super AMOLED screen, a dual-core 1GHz processor, five-megapixel camera and 8GB of storage.

Worryingly, the addition of NFC might mean that price getting even higher. In Finland, it has been confirmed by one retailer that the phone with NFC will sell for 50 euros more than the standard model. As yet, there's no confirmation of UK pricing, but we fear the worst in light of that Euro price.

If that doesn't put you off, white and blue are the colours for the new model, with both likely to be offered before the month is out.

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