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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini on preorder for £298.80

You can already pre-order the SIM-free and unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini from online retailer Clove (opens in new tab) for £298.80, though the device's official availability date has yet to be confirmed.

The S3 Mini is essentially the Galaxy S Advanced (or Galaxy S3 Lite) in an S3-like chassis. In other words, technology that is almost two years old into a six-month old casing.

Therefore, don’t expect anything near the Galaxy S3 inside it. It runs on a dual-core system-on-chip, an ST-Ericsson Novathor U8500 clocked at 1GHz (which also powers the £150 Sony Xperia U).

(opens in new tab)It comes with a 4in Super AMOLED 800 x 480 pixels, 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera, a microSD card slot, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 1,500mAh battery.

Available in white and blue, the Galaxy S3 Mini is more than £100 pricier than the Sony Xperia Solo, which has a similar form factor, more expensive than the HTC Desire X and costs the same as the quad-core LG Optimus 4X HD, which also has a much higher screen resolution, although it is bigger and a tad heavier.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.