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

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.

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).


source: Samsung, SamMobile

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Galaxy S5 mini
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
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  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

2. Rager722 unregistered

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

4. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Except Samsung's works better. Far better.

11. Rager722 unregistered

Explain?

28. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 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

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

32. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

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

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

12-13. I would know.

6. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

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

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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

13. Rager722 unregistered

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.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

15. Rager722 unregistered

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?

33. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

GS5 LETS YOU BROWSE WEB , Chat HTC doesnt

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Thank you for putting the troll in his place for me. +1

27. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

3. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

$650 for this!? Are you serious?

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

10. Rager722 unregistered

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...

36. lionheart97

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

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

7. trqster

Posts: 176; Member since: May 17, 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!

8. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 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

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nope. Z1 Compact still the king of Minis.

16. strikercho

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

22. GeekOB

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 26, 2014

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

17. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

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

18. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

19. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

23. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

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