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Samsung officially unveils Galaxy S5 mini: 4.5” Super AMOLED screen, water resistance and finger scanner

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Samsung officially unveils Galaxy S5 mini: 4.5” Super AMOLED screen, water resistance and finger scanner
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is now official. The more compact sibling of the flagship Galaxy S5 comes with a 4.5” 720p Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. 

It’s also retained most of the great new features of the Galaxy S5: the fingerprint scanner, the heart-rate monitor on the back, and even software touches like the great Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM).

The Galaxy S5 mini is shaped in the same design language as the S5 with the perforated soft-touch back, and it is also water and dust protected with IP67 certification, meaning that the phone is dust protected and can withstand being submerged in water up to 30 minutes in a depth of up to 1 meter (3.3 feet). You get four color options from the start: Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold. Being a phone with a 4.5-inch screen, the S5 mini is also fairly compact and easy to use with one hand. It is not too slim, nor too thick at 0.36” (9.1mm) body girth and weighs a fairly light 4.2 ounces (120g).

Under the hood, we seem to have the usual duality of models. Some markets will get the 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy S5 mini, which likely runs on the Snapdragon 400 system chip, while others will get a non-LTE version, powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 3470. Both models also have plentiful 1.5GB of RAM for efficient multitasking. Internal storage comes in at 16GB and you can expand on that via microSD cards of up to 64 gigs. The battery on it is a 2100mAh one, and it is easily removable. It's also worth pointing out that the S5 mini will have a dual SIM model in select markets.

With Ultra Power Saving Mode, finger scanner and water resistance, the S5 mini looks like a true 'mini' flagship


Samsung officially unveils Galaxy S5 mini: 4.5” Super AMOLED screen, water resistance and finger scanner
In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S5 mini has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 2.0, A-GPS + GLONASS, and an infra-red beamer, plus the LTE version will also have NFC. 

The handset also houses an 8-megapixel auto-focus main camera with a single LED flash on the back, while on the front there is a 2.1-megapixel shooter.

Given that the this new mini will launch shortly, in early July, it is no surprise that it is running on Android 4.4 KitKat, as the new Android L will not be available on devices until the fall. Good news, however, is that the TouchWiz-infused version of Android in the S5 mini will support features so far seen only on the Galaxy S5, like the Ultra Power Saving Mode that prolongs your battery longevity.

The S5 mini global release date is allegedly set for mid-July, and S5 mini price is set at €479 in Europe (the equivalent of $650).

Press Release

source: Samsung, SamMobile

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posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:01 10

1. Duketytz (Posts: 479; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Sorry but it ain't 'true' mini flagship. At least not against Z1 Compact

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:01 8

2. Rager722 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


PA stop praising Samsung for their "Ultra Power Saving Mode" HTC has the same thing with "Extreme Power Saving Mode" Same ish.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:03 21

4. saffant (Posts: 219; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Except Samsung's works better. Far better.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:31 2

11. Rager722 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Explain?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:19 1

28. enthasuium (Posts: 81; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Explain?

1. Samsungs Normal Power saving mode= Htc Extreme power saving, where CPU core are down, Disable sync, low cpu applied

2. Samsungs Ultra power saving= (No comparison so far) its uses unique method, super amoled display to black and white, turn back light off to save power, Only amoled screen can do it, No LCD

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:26 2

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Having use both M8 and S5, UPSM puts EPSM to shame. I can go a while day with just 7% of battery life vs an hour on the M8.

Give credit to where credit is due.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:43 2

32. enthasuium (Posts: 81; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Yeah , Ultra power saving can last more than 7 days if it used from 100% BATTERY

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:00

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


12-13. I would know.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:08 5

6. ChandlerBing (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Shush! Don't say such stuff here dude. The Samsuck fanboys will rise from the dead and eat you alive!

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:29 11

9. tech2 (Posts: 2076; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


OR they might actually use a constructive argument to demolish his over the top claim:

1. HTC's power saving mode can't use Amoled Tech to its advantage: Black and white screen (more black= more power saving)

2. HTC doesn't let u use camera in its power saving mode whereas S5 does.

3. GS5 can get dimmed upto 2 nits which LCDs can't

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:38 1

13. Rager722 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Isn't the point of power saving mode is to only use the phone for emergency things like text, and call? Who says "let me use my camera before my phone dies"No one. Most people let their friends know through text that their phone is about to die and they're trying to conserve battery.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:47 10

14. tech2 (Posts: 2076; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


It is an OPTION. If you think its not useful to you then don't use it. Simples.

But imagine if someone wanted to take a picture in emergency or something you saw is too awesome that you wouldn't mind losing 1% percent of your battery for then you don't have that OPTION of making that decision.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:57 1

15. Rager722 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


You have a point but for the fact of even having that option, wouldn't the camera running in the background kill off the battery even if you're not using it?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:44 1

33. enthasuium (Posts: 81; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


GS5 LETS YOU BROWSE WEB , Chat HTC doesnt

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:30 1

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Thank you for putting the troll in his place for me.

+1

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:21 2

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3323; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


So you are one of the pathetic fanboys, I thought you were a better person. Better look at yourself before calling others fanboy, s*cker.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:18 4

26. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3323; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Jealous? Do you know the screen turns black and white and not simply turning toggles off? Also UPSM works only on AMOLED. So stf when you are not knowledgeable enough.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:02 4

3. saffant (Posts: 219; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


$650 for this!? Are you serious?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:06 1

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1402; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


European pricing is bit different, it seems very expensive, but we are used to it. But anyway, this is overpriced, you can have 4G version of GS3 for €300 where I live.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:30

10. Rager722 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


I was looking at Virgin Mobile in Colombia, how come it says 1,000,000 for an S4? I don't get how it works...

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 10:53 2

36. lionheart97 (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Jul 2014)


Actual price for that phone = 250$
Extra charge for brand = 400$

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:25

7. trqster (Posts: 9; Member since: 17 May 2013)


Americans just don't know how lucky they are not having to pay something like $1000 for a flagship smartphone like the iPhone 5S or Galaxy S5 in Europe!

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:28 1

8. NotAGeek (Posts: 133; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That's too much for a midranger.I don't think that the heart sensor and waterproofing can really justify the high price.The Z1 compacy has a much better camera and waterproofing at that price range

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:34 4

12. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2781; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nope. Z1 Compact still the king of Minis.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 04:59 2

16. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


4,5" dislay and still called a mini? Hahaha! For who? 8 feet aliens? :)))

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 06:29 3

22. GeekOB (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


so u want a 3.5" one?? o.O

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 05:21

17. solidsnake695 (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


Z1 compact true mini phone with high end specs this crap is not even comparable

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 05:22 1

18. Planterz (Posts: 828; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


$650? You can buy an unlocked S5 for under $600. And a Z1 Compact for $435.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 05:27

19. aayupanday (Posts: 517; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Snapdragon 400 for mini phones has become a trend these days for several manufactures except Sony. They should at least use the S600.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 06:37

23. Planterz (Posts: 828; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I'm starting to wonder if they make the S600 anymore. I don't remember seeing a new device with one for quite some time.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 06:20

20. sinple (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


it seemed Samsung's camera's megapixel is proportionate to the size of the phone.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 06:27 2

21. GeekOB (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Jun 2014)


$650??? lol.. we get s5 here in India at around $580.. of course only sh!tty Exynos variant.. :/

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 06:49 2

24. farhad_per (banned) (Posts: 128; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Dont comment like an stupid troller.. I own an exynos S5 and its better than S801....!

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 08:29 1

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I approve of this message.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 07:17

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3323; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Compelling hardware...

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 09:23

35. alumoyo (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


So this is waterproof and no ugly flap - what went wrong with the full size S5 then?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 17:18

38. phljcnth (Posts: 267; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


That's what I noticed too. Maybe USB 3.0 should be treated differently? Haha not sure about that.

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 15:23

37. djripster (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Will the dual SIM model be powered by the Exynos or Snapdragon chip ?

posted on 01 Jul 2014, 18:39

39. fzacek (Posts: 1694; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Looked great until I saw the price. $650 for that thing? No way. This would have been a good phone if it only cost less than $400...

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