Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S5 Mini


Talk about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini at AndroidForums.com

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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.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Even an IR blaster, but Samsung is still among the last OEMs I would choose

  2. The camera is still way sub-par to the S5, but it’s a step in the right direction. With 5″+ flagships, it’s becoming more and more important to have a viable compact alternative.

    1. I’d wait to see results, you do realize there’s far more to a camera than megapixels right?

  3. I usually don’t trust these Mini phones, but you had me at longer battery life and heart rate sensor. But why is it going to Russia?

  4. I think more people would rather have a better camera and cut out the crap like: Fingerprint Scanner, IR Blaster and Heart Rate Sensor. Seems like a poor way to save money, downgrade the thing people use all the time and leave in the gimmicks that few people use.

  5. Sony Xperia Z3 would be better . Please check

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