Samsung has been offering smaller versions of its Galaxy S flagship phones since 2011. Last year, the Korean company established a new tradition and started launching multiple variants within the Galaxy S lineup, each one focusing on a different functionality. This year the tradition continues and in addition to the Galaxy S5, we have also witnessed the announcement of the Galaxy S5 Zoom (available as Galaxy K Zoom), the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, so we didn’t doubt even for a moment that Samsung would release the Galaxy S5 Mini – a more compact version of its 2014 flagship.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini vs. Galaxy S5
As it usually happens with mini models, the Galaxy S5 Mini specification is a tad less impressive than the regular size of the Galaxy S5. Compared to last year’s Galaxy S4 Mini, though, some significant upgrades as easily noticeable. First of all, we are happy to see that the Galaxy S5 Mini keeps the Galaxy S5 design and has identical patterned back panel. It also has the same sturdy construction with IP67 certification which means that the phone is dust and water resistant and shouldn’t suffer any damage even if its spends up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water.
Like the Galaxy S5, the Mini is equipped with a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. The phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top and is preloaded with the new S Health app which makes it a perfect companion for workouts and since it’s smaller and lighter (131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm and 120 grams vs. 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and 145 grams), it’s even easier to handle than the Galaxy S5. The device features also full compatibility with Samsung’s Gear wearables.
Hardware-wise, the Galaxy S5 Mini sits a notch or two lower than the Galaxy S5. The device sports a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor of unknown type accompanied by 1.5 GB of RAM. Internal memory is set at 16 GB plus there is a microSD slot which allows for storage expansion up to 64 GB.
Instead of the 16-megapixel camera from the original Galaxy S5, the S5 Mini has an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus, and LED flash. Samsung didn’t touch, however, the front-facing camera and it still shoots photos at 2 megapixels. Other features include Ultra Power Saving mode, private/kid mode, IR Remote and a 2,100 mAh battery. Samsung will offer several color options to choose from including Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold.
The phone will go on sale in Russia within the next few days and later this month will be available for purchase globally. This means that the handset most likely will arrive on the US soil by the end of July, though so far no US carrier has revealed its plans to offer the device. Pricing also remains unknown; however, due to the fact that the Galaxy S5 is smaller and more importantly more modest than the regular Galaxy S5, we expect it to be cheaper. Anyway, we will let you know as soon as we find out more.