Samsung will be launching a new variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini by the end of January. Dubbed GT-I8190N, the ‘new’ mini will come with NFC capabilities along with Samsung’s new file transfer feature, S-Beam.
Standard OEM Android smartphones have been using Google’s Android Beam method to transfer files using NFC + Bluetooth; however Samsung’s S-Beam utilizes a NFC + WiFi Direct protocol that reportedly allows for insanely fast transfer speeds between devices. Samsung boasts that S-Beam can transfer a 10MB music file in 2 seconds, as an example.
Apart from the NFC upgrade, the new variant should remain the same – 4″ SuperAMOLED display ( 480 x 800 resolution ), Dual-Core 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM, 5 MP camera with 720p HD video, front-facing camera, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.