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Samsung Announces the Galaxy S5 Mini

The industry may be trending towards smartphones with larger and larger displays, but Samsung and others thankfully understand that 5.5-inch-and-up devices aren’t for everyone. Today, the Korea-based company announced the Galaxy S5 mini, a cheaper and smaller version of the flagship Galaxy S5.

The Galaxy S5 mini skimps in the areas you’d expect – it sports a 4.5-inch 720p AMOLED panel, 1.4Ghz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, a 8MP rear-facing camera and 2.1MP front shooter, and 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD slot. Impressively, though, the mini doesn’t omit many of its higher-end counterpart’s features, like the heart rate monitor and IP67 dust and water resistance. Samsung even managed to squeeze in a fingerprint sensor.

The Galaxy S5 mini isn’t available stateside yet – it’s launching first in Russia – but it’ll likely land on a familiar carrier in the coming months. It will be available in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, and Copper Gold.

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Via: Samsung


  • WilliamJFlannigan

    The price should really reflect that. Samsung could take a big bite out of the cheaper market if they think that way… http://tr.im/5nszd

  • crazed_z06

    Ive never seen one of these Mini phones in the wild. Probably why Samsung doesnt invest a lot in them.

    • Mike H.

      I had a customer with the s3 mini….I had to refrain from saying I’m sorry.

  • Asmodai

    It’s sad that all the new “Mini” versions of this years “flagship” phones have worse specs than last years Droid Mini. The Galaxy S5 Mini, LG G3 Mini, and HTC One Mini 2 are all inferior phones.

  • Specter597

    I see what they did there. But no thanks.
    If I’m going to buy a “S5” with crap specs I want it to be cheaper.
    Motorola has got the mid-range “mini” device figured out I think.

    • Asmodai

      Motorola did last year… who knows about this year now that they’re Lenovo. They haven’t launched any phones this year have they? So far the X+1 is the only one that’s even rumored (I doubt there will be an X+1 mini). Sony also figured it out with the Xperia Z1 Compact but they don’t sell much in the U.S. and they knew that “mini” now means junk so they called theirs “compact” instead.

      • CaptainHowdy13

        I believe the Moto E launched just a few months ago.

        • Nikuliai

          The E is hardly mid-range… it’s pretty-low-range

  • Aaron

    Sure am glad they skimped on the RAM, processor, camera, and screen resolution, but squeezed in the heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner. /s

    • jb

      My thoughts exactly. Screw the gimmicky crap and give me a decently spec’d but smaller phone.

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  • BeerManMike

    SEE! As soon as Samsung releases their flagship phone they come out with something better right away!

  • M3D1T8R

    Other than the new Samsung gimmicky features, it’s essentially the exact same specs as the GS3 with slightly smaller screen and less width (less bezel, 64.8mm vs 70.6).

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    • Dee

      I know. I can’t tell what is lamer, this S5 mini or the LG G3 with last gen processor.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Specs looks okay. . . . though if you’re going to have a “Mini” device. The price should really reflect that. Samsung could take a big bite out of the cheaper market if they think that way…

    Either way. Not the device for me.

  • Jordan Graves

    It’s okay you can buy my nexus 4 for much less.

    • Kayungjoo

      3g and edge ftw!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


      • T4rd

        There’s Faux-G as well (HSPA+), which can get your LTE speeds in several areas.

  • M3D1T8R

    Hey look it’s a Galaxy S3!

    • T4rd

      What’s funny/sad is that the S3 still out-specs it with more RAM.

      • M3D1T8R

        The US version like I had, yeah. International only had 1GB.

  • Eric R.

    Not bad, but not really great