In Samsung tradition, the Korean manufacturing giant has officially unveiled the long rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. The Galaxy S5 Mini is of course a smaller and cheaper version of the flagship Galaxy S5 and will begin shipping early this month.
As expected, the Galaxy S5 Mini is a slightly more anemic version of the main smartphone though it does share some features. Most importantly, the specs of the device are still reasonably solid and make it a solid choice for budget consumers.
The Galaxy S5 features a slightly larger 4.5 inch 1280X720 Super AMOLED display. This is an improvement over the Galaxy S4 Mini which sported a 960X540 display. At 120g, the device is slightly heavier than it’s predecessor, though given the overall larger size of the display, this is to be expected. The device also has the same overall build quality of the Galaxy S5.
Under the hood, the Galaxy S5 Mini contains a 1.4 GHz quad core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM as well as a 16 GB of internal storage and a 2,100 mAh battery. The device has an 8 megapixel back facing camera and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera as well as LTE support. Rounding out the base specs, the Galaxy S5 Mini will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
While these specs aren’t mind blowing, it’s the bevy of patented Samsung features that make this device more interesting. Just like the Galaxy S5, the Mini is IP67-rated dust and water resistant. The ultra power saving mode will also be making it’s way into the Galaxy S5 Mini. This mode can enable users to gain an additional 24 hours of usage with 10% of the battery life.
As was initially predicted, this announcement came only a few months after the initial launch of the Galaxy S5. Given the overwhelming popularity of the Galaxy S5, this announcement was an inevitability. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has currently sold 11 million units worldwide since launch, up 1 million units from the Galaxy S4 at this point in the year.
According to Samsung themselves, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will initially go on sale in Russia early this month. After it’s initial launch, it will become available globally though Samsung hasn’t detailed exactly when this will occur.