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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.

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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