Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini for AT&T is now available in carrier’s online and retail stores for $99 on contract
Better late than never? AT&T just gave the saying a whole new meaning and probably set a new record in delayed launch of a smartphone. A few days ago we complained about Verizon which took 5 months to release Nexus 6 but it appears that AT&T is no better. Eight months after the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was launched in July 2014, the carrier finally added it to its portfolio. The phone is now available in AT&T’s online and retail stores.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini for AT&T
AT&T is offering the Galaxy S5 Mini with three payment options. Users who are willing to stick with the carrier for the next two years can grab the phone for $99.99 on contract. Can’t afford to pay that much up front? No problem, you can opt for AT&T Next plan in which case the device will cost you $14.30 (Next 24), $17.99 (Next 18) or $21.48 (AT&T 12) per month. Finally, if none of the above feels good to you, you purchase the handset outright without any long term commitments for $428.99.
Available only in Charcoal Black, the AT&T version of the Galaxy S5 Mini sports a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p display and is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM. Other key features include 16GB of internal memory, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 2,100 mAh battery. Like the regular Galaxy S5, the Mini model is also waterproof and boasts the fingerprint sensor and biometric leader – cool features for a mid-range device. As for software, the phone will ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Why AT&T decided to release the Galaxy S5 Mini now is beyond our imagination. The phone was launched in a number of markets last summer so it’s getting close to its first birthday. At such age a device is almost ready for retirement to make room for a successor. And yet for some reason AT&T thought that it might be a good idea to start selling the handset now. The only reason we can think of is price – the Galaxy S5 Mini is more affordable than the regular S5 but still offers some of the features that make its bigger brother so special.