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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini to arrive in mid-July

Samsung's new mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy S5 Mini, should arrive in the middle of July, complete with a range of premium features taken from the Galaxy S5.
June 30, 2014

In traditional Samsung fashion, it is almost time to launch the miniature variety of the company’s latest flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S5 Mini.

We have already seen a few leaks regarding Samsung’s latest Mini handset, and now another industry source has let slip with some more details on the handset’s hardware specifications, as well as an estimated worldwide release date of mid-July. Perhaps that is not so surprising though, as the Galaxy S4 Mini also launched in a similar July time period last year.

When it comes to hardware, the Galaxy Mini range is usually a cut down version of Samsung’s larger flagship, but it turns out that the Galaxy S5 Mini is not a completely standard mid-tier affair this time around. The S5 Mini will keep a few of the Galaxy S5’s more premium features, including the fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, and full IP67 water and dust resistance. Samsung’s latest software features, such as Private, Kids, and Ultra Power Saving Modes, make their way over to the Mini intact too.  Finally, you won’t have to go overboard on the screen size to get your hands on some of Samsung’s more unique features.

The source also reaffirms the hardware specs which appeared last month, including a 720p resolution 4.5 inch display, a considerable improvement over the S4 Mini’s mediocre qHD display, as well as a new Exynos 3470 processing package.

Here’s a quick glance at the handset’s other hardware specifications:

  • 4.5 inch 720p display
  • 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 3470 SoC with Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel rear camera
  • 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera
  • LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IR Blaster, NFC, and GPS.
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz UX

It looks like Samsung is upping its mid-range game this time around, but will you be buying one come July?