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Deal: £180 Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini on O2 PAYG

There's not much to write about when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. It is a phone with which we have a love-hate relationship (as we elaborated here). It launched at around £300 last year and back then, we considered it to be far too expensive for what it offered, which is essentially the same as the Sony Xperia U (and now the Huawei Ascend Y300).

The phone is on sale at O2 on PAYG for £180 excluding a compulsory £10 top up. You should be able to use it on Tesco Mobile and Giff Gaff.

You get a dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500 SoC clocked at 1GHz, Smart Stay, S Voice and Direct call functionalities, a 4in display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, up to seven hours talk time, a rear 5-megapixel camera and a VGA one in front, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI,

Note that the Galaxy Ace 3 appears to be a slightly modified version of the Galaxy S3 Mini. There are other better smartphones (at least on paper) like the Acer CloudMobile which has a much more powerful system-on-chip and a HD display. You can read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini here.

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Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.