AT&T announced today that pre-orders have begun for the yesteryear Galaxy SIII mini for $0.99 on a two-year contract.
The AT&T variant of the device will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 SoC instead of the NovaThor U8420 that was seen in the international version. The model was available since last year, but has not made its way to the United States yet. Considering that it is practically for free on a new two-year contract, it makes a certain amount of sense to buy the device.
Other hardware includes a 4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 480 which comes out to a pixel density of 233 ppi. The AT&T Galaxy S III mini also comes with 1 GB RAM, a 5 MP camera with LED flash and autofocus along with a VGA front shooter. The main feature in this device is the inclusion of a Snapdragon 400, which comes with a dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait 200 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU and LTE connectivity. The AT&T SIII mini is essentially a mid-range device LTE device, and now comes with a larger 2,000 mAh battery which should allow the device to last longer when browsing on an LTE connection.
The device also comes with 8 GB of on-board memory which can be extended to 32 GB thanks to the micro-SD card slot. Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 are the other connectivity options. The device also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, which is a good sign. Pre-orders for the device will be sent out starting Wednesday, and the SIII mini will be on store shelves from September 27th.