Apple’s unlocked iPhone 5 has been issued another challenge in the run-up to the Christmas buying frenzy – albeit a reasonably modest one – with the launch of the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini in the US. Quietly launched behind the scenes by Amazon with none of the usual pomp and circumstance that surrounds the Galaxy S series, the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is now up for grabs for a relatively affordable $409.95.
A fair chunk of change perhaps, but a small price to pay for a decent enough device without the usual two-year contractual obligations that can add up to a small fortune.
Amazon states that their unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini works just fine with the T-Mobile and AT&T networks, though have advised that those hoping to snap one up do so quickly as the first batch is in very short supply and will be exhausted soon. As of yesterday there were only around a dozen unlocked S3s still in stock, therefore the likelihood of them lasting the week is pretty low.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini hit the market last month with something of a dull thud, having surfaced not as an exact/mini copy of the Samsung Galaxy S3, but as a separate, more mid-range Smartphone in its own right. The S3 Mini boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED Display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running the show.
Reception was lukewarm to say the least as the primary appeal of the idea in the eyes of the consumer had been that of taking home a more pocket-friendly version of the full-fat S3 in terms of both price and size. What they got instead was a low-calorie S3 with many of its primary appealing facets stripped back or removed, leading some to suggest that it really shouldn’t have been given the S3 branding at all.