Launching today in the U.K. is another "mini". The place where the mini skirt was said to have been born is now home to the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, a smaller version of the flagship Android smartphone that has already sold more than 30 million units. We suppose that the original's 4.8 inch screen is not for everyone and this is the main difference between Apple's intent and that of Samsung. While the Apple iPad mini exists to compete against similar tablets in its category, Sammy shrunk its most popular handset in order to get it to those who like the full-sized Samsung Galaxy S III, but can't hold it comfortably in their hand.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is available from online retailers Expansys and Unlocked Mobiles in the U.K., SIM-free for £299.99 ($477.25 USD) and £294.98 ($469.28 USD) respectively. It is free with a 2 year plan from £28 ($44.55 USD) per month from Three UK, or you can get the phone free with a plan costing £27 ($42.95 USD) per month from O2. The former's plan includes unlimited data while the latter is giving you only 500MB of the stuff at the listed price. Until November 16th, Three UK will have the device in stores only, not online.
source: Expansys, UnlockedMobiles, Three via AndroidCentral