Samsung fans with less bulky tastes finally have something to cheer about, after the South Korean company unveiled the Galaxy S5 Mini this week in a slightly less extravagant affair than expected.
The S5 Mini follows up the successful release of the Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone released this spring, offering users a smaller sized handset, with the same Samsung features.
Packing a 4.5” 720p Super AMOLED display, the S5 Mini is actually half an inch bigger than Apple’s most recent iPhone 5s flagship phone, but is still considered miniature compared to the Galaxy S5’s 5.1” display.
It is however slightly heavier than the Galaxy S4 Mini, its most recent predecessor, albeit by just 13g, but does pack plenty more features behind the scenes.
The perforated leather style backing from the Galaxy S5 sticks around for another go with the S5 Mini, a decision which has been met with mixed reactions from the mobile market, with some classing the move from Samsung as ‘cheap’.
The handset’s features certainly aren’t cheap though, starting with the IP67 certification, which makes the S5 Mini completely dust proof, and waterproof for approximately 30 minutes to a depth of 1 metre.
The heart rate sensor makes another appearance on the back of the handset, doubling up as the phone’s camera flash, and the physical home button also houses a fingerprint scanner which can be activated by sliding a finger over the button.
S Health, Private Mode, Kids Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode have all come along for the ride on the S5 Mini, meaning users after all of the Galaxy S5’s features won’t be left out to dry.
The specs sheet also makes for good reading for Samsung fans; packing 1.5GB RAM and 16GB of expandable internal memory.
A quad-core 1.4GHz processor ensures that you won’t be slowed down by the smaller S5 variant, whilst a generous 2100mAh battery gives you a more than friendly battery life.
An 8 megapixel lens kicks off the camera features, supported by touch focus, HDR and face detection technology, whilst a 2.1 megapixel lens on the front handles all the selfie and Snapchat needs you might have.
Behind the display we’re greeted with Google’s immensely popular and highly touted Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, which should be seeing an upgrade to Android 4.5 or 5.0 this autumn (Google hasn’t given a software version number yet).
Samsung’s very own Touchwiz user interface is plastered over the stock Android software to give the S5 Mini the expected Samsung focus, which should make former Samsung users right at home on the S5 Mini.
The S5 Mini is being released in Russia in the coming days, whilst releases in other regions including the UK are expected in a matter of weeks rather than months.
No pricing details have been confirmed by Samsung just yet, but you can expect to pay a fair chunk less than you would if you opted for the S5 flagship smartphone.
Written by Luke Hatfield