KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung announced the Galaxy S3 Mini with NFC on Monday, which will be arriving in the UK this month.
The new model features the same specifications as the original model with the added bonus of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology.
This means that it can take advantage of features such as Samsung's S Beam technology, which enables users to transfer content such as music, movies and contact lists between two NFC equipped Samsung phones such as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Larger files can be transferred when the NFC is paired with WiFi connectivity, Samsung boasts.
Other than that, buyers will still find the same 4in WVGA screen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear-facing camera, VGA video call camera and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Simon Stanford, VP of telecommunications and networks at Samsung UK said, "NFC technology and the digital wallet started to gain significant traction in 2012, particularly in the run up to the Olympics.
"It's an exciting time in the mobile market watching the next phase of its evolution take shape, so we're happy to announce that we are bringing these new experiences to our customers through our growing number of NFC enabled devices."
Samsung says that the Galaxy S3 Mini with NFC will be available via all UK networks and key high street retailers. There's no word on pricing yet, but it's likely to feature the same £300-ish price tag as the original Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. µ