Samsung officially announces the Galaxy S5 mini
We all knew the Galaxy S5 mini was coming, and now the compact version of Samsung’s latest flagship has been officially announced by the company. Samsung is once again pushing its mini phone as a smaller yet well performing version of the current Galaxy S flagship, and thanks to the inclusion of features like a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor, that claim is actually worth something this time around. The Galaxy S5 mini is built around a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display of 720p (1280×720) resolution, an upgrade both in screen size and resolution over the Galaxy S4 mini.
The phone looks pretty similar to the Galaxy S5 (something we already confirmed earlier in an exclusive leak), and even has the same textured back cover that we have come to love on both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Tab S. There’s a heart rate sensor at the back, the home button also serves as a fingerprint scanner, and the handset is IP67 certified for water and dust resistance.
Under the hood, the Galaxy S5 mini is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor – the type of processor isn’t mentioned, but it’s likely the new Exynos 3470 chip that our sources told us would be debuting on the S5 mini, with the same clock speed and number of cores. . Update: According to , both the LTE and non-LTE variants will be powered by the Exynos 3470 chip, which will bring Samsung’s in-house SoC to Europe after a long time.
There’s also 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 2.0, A-GPS + GLONASS, and IR Remote connectivity (the LTE version will also have NFC), and a 2,100 mAh battery. The phone measures 131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1mm and weighs 120g – it’s bigger and heavier than the Galaxy S4 mini, but the increased number of features and ruggedness are probably to blame here.
Full specs of the Galaxy S5 mini
As expected, the software is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest iteration of Samsung’s TouchWiz UX. A lot of the features seen on the Galaxy S5 have managed to make their way to the smaller sibling, including Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode (which can be used in conjunction with the fingerprint scanner to access private files), and Kids Mode. Download Booster isn’t mentioned in the press release, but we’re guessing this feature will become available at some point, especially since Samsung is touting the LTE connectivity on the phone.
The Galaxy S5 mini will be available in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold color options, and will make its market debut in Russia in early July, followed by a global rollout later on (likely from mid-July, as our sources told us.) There will also be a dual SIM variant called Galaxy S5 mini DUOS, as confirmed from the pictures released by Samsung.
Pricing details are currently unknown, but you can expect the phone to be priced around $500, and considerably higher than what the Galaxy S4 mini debuted for last year.
Update: We’ve received info that the suggested retail price for the Galaxy S5 mini is €479 (~$650). It will probably deviate a bit when the phone actually launches in market, however, so don’t make your decision on the phone just yet.