But it’s not just the size that’s been reduced… it’s also the specs.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini features a 4.5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 2100mAh battery. It features an 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP front-facing camera, 802.1n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, an IR port, and support for HSPA and 4G LTE networks.
In other words it’s smaller, has a slower processor, less memory, a lower-resolution rear camera, and a smaller battery than the bigger model. Samsung’s smaller S5 also lacks 802.11ac WiFi.
The Galaxy S5 Mini does pick up a few tricks from its big brother. It has an Ip67 water and dust resistant case, a fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor, and Android 4.4 KitKat software. It supports HSPA and 4G LTE networks and has a microSd card slot.
It feels strange to call a phone with a 4.5 inch screen “mini.” There was a time when 4 inch smartphones were considered enormous. But it’s nice to see Samsung offering its phones in a variety of sizes… it’d be even nicer if its smaller phones had more of the high-end features reserved for its flagship devices.
The Galaxy S5 mini will launch in Russia in early July before expanding to other markets.