On October 11, Samsung announced the Galaxy S III Mini, an entry-level edition of its flagship smartphone, which offers basic specifications for a fraction of the price. The company has now confirmed its release date for those in the United Kingdom: The device will be arriving on November 8, and it'll cost around £249 (approx. $402) without a contract.

That's Vodafone's price for the handset, SlashGear reports, so pricing from other carriers may vary somewhat. Samsung says the device will be available on all four major carriers in Britain, and that it'll come with some free games pre-installed, including Sims 3 and Bejeweled.

The Galaxy S III Mini was met with a lot of disappointment when it was announced. Fans were expecting to see a device that offered all the advantages of the Galaxy S III — such as a speedy processor, great cameras, and a stunning display — but in a smaller, slightly less expensive package.

Instead, the Galaxy S III Mini is more of an entry-level smartphone. It boasts a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, but it only offers a 800×480-pixel resolution. It has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, NFC, and a microSD card slot. On the back, there's a 5-megapixel camera, and a VGA camera on the front. The device ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed.

If you're looking for something with a little more power, it might be worth waiting a little while to see if Samsung brings the Galaxy Premier to the U.K. Announced on Wednesday in Ukraine, it offers a 4.65-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and more.

Will you be picking up the Galaxy S III Mini on November 8?

[Via: SlashGear]