Samsung has continued its tradition of releasing a miniaturized version of its flagship smartphone with the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. The S5 Mini is the third of Samsung’s mini flagship devices (with the S3 Mini being the first).
“We always strive to develop devices that appeal to a range of consumer tastes and styles.” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy S5 mini allows consumers to enjoy the iconic design and essential and useful features of the Galaxy S5 through a maximized minimalism approach.”
The Galaxy S5 Mini features a smaller 4.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels compared to the 5.1-inch display of the Galaxy S5. It also features an 8-megapixel rear camera instead of the 16-megapixel shooter featured in its big brother. The processor and RAM have also been toned down to a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The S5 Mini also features a smaller battery at 2,100mAh. It’s also lost 802.11ac Wi-Fi support leaving it only with 802.11 a/b/g/n as well as NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 support.
In spite of the smaller form factor and toned down internals, the Galaxy S5 Mini retains many of its big brother’s features including the same sleek design and textured back cover, LTE connectivity, the same 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage (with expandable storage support for up to an extra 64GB via microSD), IP67 certification, Ultra Power Saving Mode, a heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, and compatibility with Samsung’s latest wearable devices. It also runs the same Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
The Galaxy S5 Mini will initially be available in Russia in early July and will be launched globally soon after. The Galaxy S5 Mini will initially be available in four color options – Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold.