Not that we were worried Samsung wouldn’t come with a miniature-sized version of their 2014 flagship, but the official word is finally in — the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is real, and it’s coming our way real soon. As you’d expect, the device’s size isn’t the only thing being downgraded. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini doesn’t quite stack up to the full-sized Galaxy S5 in terms of power. That said, what we get is still pretty serviceable.
Here’s what to expect on inside:
- 4.5-inch 720p display
- 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 8.0MP rear camera with flash, 2.0MP rear camera
- WiFi N, NFC (only in LTE version) Bluetooth 4.0 and aGPS w/ GLONASS
- Fingerprint Scanner
- IR Blaster
- Heart Rate Sensor
- 2,100mAh battery
- 131 x 64.8 x 9.1mm, 120g
Not too shabby, eh? I remember a time when the Mini arm of this line was outfitted with the barest of specs in order to keep costs down and sell more phones. We’re certainly glad Samsung has decided to step things up a great deal. I mean, it’s not often you see compact-sized with freaking fingerprint scanners and heart rate sensors right?
On the software side you can expect Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UI. It features an extensive S Health suite of fitness apps, ultra power saving mode for longer lasting battery and more. You can read about many of these features in our Samsung Galaxy S5 review (assuming they work the same, though there’s no reason they wouldn’t).
The device is expected to go on sale in Russia early this month, and should be heading to the rest of the globe as we head toward the end. Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold are your color options should you decide to opt for one.