Samsung has announced the Galaxy S5 Mini, a miniature device ready to cash in on the Galaxy S5‘s good name. The aim of the Mini isn’t to match the S5 on specs, but to bring some of its style and coolest features to a sensibly priced smartphone available to more people.
What has the S5 Mini retained from its big brother’s feature list? The heart rate monitor is fitted to the rear of the phone, and it integrates with Samsung’s S Health app which is installed on the phone, plus the Home button houses a fingerprint scanner for added security.
To protect it against any unfortunate accidents, the S5 Mini meets the standards for an IP67 rating, meaning it’s resistant to water and dust. To ensure its lineage is clear, the S5 Mini has the same perforated rear cover as the larger S5, and a similar bevelled edge to the chassis.
The differences between the two phones are obvious when we examine the technical specification. The Super AMOLED screen measures 4.5-inches and has a 720p resolution, while the processor is a 1.4GHz quad-core chip with 1.5GB of RAM. The S5 Mini will connect to 4G LTE networks, and comes with Android KitKat installed, along with 16GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot.
For now, Samsung has only confirmed the S5 Mini for Russia, where it’ll launch before the end of July, but has said the phone will eventually get a global release. We’d expect to see it in the UK sometime soon.