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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 mini downsizes specs, keeps thin and light credentials


July 1, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a scaled down yet capable version of its flagship sibling

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a scaled down yet capable version of its flagship sibling

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Samsung has announced its latest smartphone in the form of the Galaxy S5 mini – a scaled down version of its popular S5 flagship. The device, which features the same faux-leather styling as its big brother, offers mid-range specs in a thin and light form factor, while holding on to stand-out features including a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor.

Though it’s flagship devices like the fully-blown Galaxy S5 or HTC’s One (M8) handset that usually grab the headlines, most manufacturers are aware of the importance of catering for the mid-range market. These handsets hit a lower price point than their high-end siblings and offer internals equivalent to those found in flagship devices from a year or two ago.

The handset is a little thinner and lighter than the HTC One mini 2 - its most obvious com...

The Galaxy S5 mini is aimed squarely at consumers looking for a capable and premium feeling handset, but one that’s not going to break the bank. The device features a 720p 4.5-in Super AMOLED display with 326 pixels per inch. For comparison, that’s the same pixel density found on the iPhone 5S.

The device runs on a 1.4 GHz quad core CPU with 1.5 GB RAM with a 2,100 mAh battery. Those specs are a little more capable than those found on the HTC One mini 2, a key competitor for the handset. There are 2.1 and 8 MP shooters on the front and back, respectively, and the handset runs Android 4.4 KitKat, augmented with Samsung’s polarizing TouchWiz UI.

As you would expect from a smartphone in 2014, there’s LTE tech on board as well as the same IP67 water and dust resistance that we saw in the company's full-sized flagship. Being a Samsung device, the handset includes the company’s Ultra Power Saving Mode and S Health features, as well as a heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner.

The device will be available in four colors

The Galaxy S5 mini is a little lighter than some competing handsets, coming in at 120 g (0.26 lbs), 17 g (0.04 lbs) lighter than the HTC One mini 2. The S5 mini is also thinner than that device, measuring just 9.1 mm (0.36 inches).

Overall, the device is looking like a solid mid-range option that’s perhaps a little more capable than competing handsets in this category. The handset will be available in a choice of four colors (black, white, blue and gold) when it launches in Russia this month (July). The handset will see a full global release, though no time scale has been announced for this. We’re yet to receive word on pricing.

Source: Samsung

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Chris Wood Chris recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Politics and Ancient History. Based in the U.K., he has an enthusiasm for technology of all kinds, specializing in mobile tech and games. In his spare time you might find him running, playing music, following NFL (Pats fan) or fueling his ever growing Swiss watch obsession.   All articles by Chris Wood
1 Comment

The specs for the 4.5 inch S5 mini look pretty similar to the 4.8 inch S3 on paper. They will probably cost $300-$350.

1st July, 2014 @ 08:46 pm PDT
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