There are more than a couple of things off with Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini, the sized down version of the highly popular GS3 that misses the original’s marks in basically all departments. However, if the lack of NFC was the only thing keeping you from purchasing the 4-incher, you should be happy to know that there’s a new variant of the S3 Mini coming by the end of January.
The phone will be enabled for the Near field communication technology, but besides that it’ll basically be one and the same as the regular S3 Mini. That means you’ll get an equally mediocre list of features, with highlights such as an 800 x 480 pixels resolution Super AMOLED touchscreen, a dual-core NovaThor U8420 CPU clocked at 1 GHz, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1,500 mAh battery.
For now, the NFC-enabled S3 Mini is only scheduled to land in the UK, but we’re guessing several other European markets will follow. No words on pricing, but expect nothing more than a slight bump on the £270 currently asked by UK retailers for the off-contract Mini sans NFC.