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Samsung's Galaxy S III Mini hits NZ

Samsung New Zealand has launched the Galaxy S III Mini, coming to Kiwi stores later this month.

A compact version of its flagship smartphone, Samsung says the product draws on the performance and design of the Galaxy S III.

Stefan Lecchi, Head of Telecommunications at Samsung NZ, says the device is designed to be practical enough to meet everyday user needs.

β€œThe Galaxy SIII has proven hugely popular in New Zealand with its instinctive usability and intelligence," Lecchi says.

"Building on such success we are proud to introduce a new member to the Galaxy family – one that offers the same core benefits of the Galaxy SIII, but in a smaller size and at a lower price.”

Powered by Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the little brother so to speak comes with a thin curved frame and 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display.

But while the product unquestionably dines at the elite end of the tech table, can customers afford another gadget?

"It looks like a very special product," says Aucklander Stuart Greene. "But will I buy it? Probably not.

"If customers simply can't react to every new release and while the product speaks for itself, it is more a question of need rather than want.

"I'm happy with my Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and my regular laptop - anything else would be blowing money in my eyes."

Available through Vodafone, Telecom and 2Degrees at selected retailers nationwide from late February, the product comes in two colours: Pebble Blue and Marble White with a RRP of $599.

Is Samsung's new release simply an expensive luxury or a valued product in the market? Tell us your thoughts below

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