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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is out: compact design, watered down specs

Samsung just made the Galaxy S5 mini official, and, as expected, it comes with flagship design without flagship specifications. However, to Samsung’s credit, the compact S5 retains many of the hardware features of its bigger sibling.
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July 1, 2014
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Samsung just made the Galaxy S5 mini official, and, as expected, it comes with flagship design without flagship specifications. However, to Samsung’s credit, the compact S5 retains many of the hardware features of its bigger sibling.

Packing a 4.5-inch HD AMOLED display, the Galaxy S5 mini is powered by a quad-core processor spinning at 1.4GHz, along 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD with up to 64GB. The device comes with an 8MP rear camera, a 2.1MP shooter on the front, and a 2,100 mAh battery, all packed in a 120 grams body.

While core specifications are decidedly mid-range, the Galaxy S5 mini retains the features that set the Galaxy S5 apart from competitors, such as the fingerprint scanner built in the home button, the rear-mounted heart rate monitor, and the IP67-certified resistance to water and dust.

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In the software department, the KitKat-powered phone comes with some of the features that Samsung launched on the full-sized Galaxy S5, such as Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids Mode, and a revamped S Health app that can take advantage of the heart rate monitor on the back.

The Galaxy S5 mini will be available in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold, the same color options that the S5 is available in. The design of the two phones, in general, is very similar, and Samsung clearly hopes it can use the brand cachet of its flagship phone to generate sales downrange.

Samsung says the Galaxy S5 mini will first become available in Russia later this month; yesterday, we’ve heard – unofficially – that the phone may launch around the middle of the month. The S5 mini will eventually become available globally.

Samsung has not published information on the Galaxy S5 mini’s pricing, but according to a source cited by Sam Mobile, the device could launch at a rather steep €479, the equivalent of about $650. That’s the recommended retail price in Europe, and other markets may see a lower price tag, but Samsung appears to be content with milking the Galaxy S brand as much as it can, instead of fighting a price war with Motorola and other contenders.