Samsung Will Release A Galaxy S III Mini With NFC Capabilities By The End Of January

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Samsung is getting ready to release a Samsung Galaxy S III Mini with NFC capabilities.

The previous version of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, while having an NFC chip, did not have its S-Beam capabilities enabled.

Why Samsung didn’t enable S-Beam capabilities for the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini in the first place is beyond me, and why they’re re-releasing a “newer” version of the device with NFC enabled is incomprehensible.

Here is the spec sheet for the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini:

  • 4″ WVGA 800×480 Super AMOLED display (probably PenTile)
  • 1 GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 or 16 GB of memory with microSD card slot
  • 5MP autofocus camera with flash, VGA front facing camera
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • NFC
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100
  • EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

This is a questionable decision on Samsung’s part, and I do have to wonder how well the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is even doing in sales. I’m sure this will get a lot of Samsung Galaxy S III Mini customers flustered.

The pricing for the device hasn’t been announced, but the price for the current Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is $429 off contract.

What are your thoughts on this re-release?