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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini was made official today as the unsurprisingly little brother to this year’s flagship, Galaxy S5. It matches up to big brother in a number of ways, like appearance, connectivity, version of Android, water and dust resistance, and inclusion of a heart rate sensor and fingerprint scanner. The similarities stop there, though.

Mini has often been swapped for “cheap” over the last couple of years, with manufacturers taking flagship devices, cutting top-of-the-line features out, and then selling them as lower-cost versions through carriers and in emerging markets. The Galaxy S5 Mini is really no different. Gone is the 1080p display in favor of a 720p panel, the processor is likely not top tier (it is listed as a mystery here), RAM has been reduced, and the camera has dropped to 8MP and could be questionable if Samsung was looking to lower overall costs.

At this time, there are no carrier partners announced for the US, but that will likely change over the coming months. 


  • Network:  LTE Category4 : 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL; HSDPA 42.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Display:  4.5” HD (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED
  • Processor:  Quad Core 1.4 GHz
  • OS:  Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Camera:  Main (Rear): 8.0 MP AF with LED Flash ; Sub (Front): 2.1MP (FHD)
  • Camera Features:  Shot & More, Virtual Tour Shot, S Studio
  • Video: [email protected]
  • Video Codec: H.263, H264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
  • Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
  • Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
  • Value-Added Features:  IP67 Dust and Water Resistant; Ultra Power Saving mode; S Health; Private Mode/Kids Mode
  • Connectivity:  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (LTE ver. only), Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, USB 2.0, A-GPS + GLONASS, IR Remote
  • Sensor:  Accelerometer, Digital compass, Gyro, Proximity, Hall, Ambient light,  Fingerprint, Heart rate sensor
  • Memory:  1.5 GB RAM + 16GB Internal memory, microSD Slot (up to 64 GB)
  • Dimension:  131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1mm, 120g
  • Battery:  2,100mAh


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  • Gomzy

    Why cant we have a kick-ass 4.5″ phone? Is it really that hard Samsung? so if someone has small hands or just prefers 4.5″ phones, they have to choose from these ? Incredibly fustrating

  • Disqus_n00b

    Let me guess…$99 on contract…which is $580 over 2 years…ripoff

  • Aaron

    It’s like Samsung proved to Apple that the market wanted larger screen devices, and then decided (in almost Apple fashion) that all the market wants larger screen devices. So now if you want a smaller screen you can only get midrange devices. If I am not mistaken the iPhone still sells fairly well and they have smaller screens. Give us a smaller screen premium device, Samsung. Oh wait, I kinda hate Touchwiz so I really don’t care.

  • WilliamJFlannigan

    Gone is the 1080p display in favor of a 720p panel, the processor is likely not top tier (it is listed as a mystery here), RAM has been reduced, and the camera has dropped to 8MP and could be questionable if Samsung was looking to lower overall costs. http://tr.im/5nszd

  • Rashad

    Verizon home button in the near future just like the s3 mini and the s4 mini.

  • joeschmoe

    It basically has the same specs as the two year old S3… also the same 2100mA battery

    • Menger40

      Some S3 versions had 2GB of RAM, so this is still worse.

      • Tony Byatt

        Yeah, my US version did…

      • Eric R.

        But only 1.5GB was usable because the processor was 32bit

        • Voltism

          I thought 32 bit processors could handle up to 4 gb of ram

        • Menger40

          No. Voltsim is right, 32 bit processors can address about 4 GB of memory. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/32-bit

          Not all of the memory on your S3 showed up as usable because some was system reserved.

        • Uh, no.

    • hkklife

      Camera is probably better than the S3’s just due to advances in even midrange imaging sensors.
      SoC is probably a wash or slightly in favor of the Mini. Mini is also probably a bit more efficient power-wise.
      Not having 2GB RAM is a bit of a bummer, yeah.
      S3 definitely has a bigger screen but the S5 Mini trumps that with IR, the water resistance, the fingerprint sensor and Cat4 LTE.

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  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    OMG can’t wait!!! Moto X+1 WHO?

    • Aaron

      Serious or sarcasm?

  • Guest

    dont get why the mini always needs to be the crappy version of the flagship. why does this phone have to be the original droid incredible with an up to date (for now) OS?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I mean those aren’t flagship specs. But they aren’t terrible at all. Pretty solid device… minus touchwiz, but spec wise it’s fine for a cheaper device.

    • Logic

      Harder to cram parts

      • Mitch Joa

        The only thing that could possibly be space saving is the change in camera sensor. And maybe the RAM, but that’s a really big stretch. The processor uses the same 28nm technology. I suppose it could be heat constraints, but with the 801 being a LP chip that doesn’t make much sense either.

      • Jonathan Williams

        That’s what she said…

    • Fooer

      Samsung sucks – that’s why. Although all manus are or were guilty of it. It was very refreshing to see Moto release the Droid line on VZW with (mostly) the same specs across all 3 devices.

    • Cael

      Samsung is obviously re-releasing previous Galaxy S flagships with a newer look, OS, and an updated low priced processor.

    • Tomek G

      Left over parts?

  • Miguel

    That’s a strong little phone there, the only thing holding it back is the screen at 720p and some will say it’s fine since it’s a 4.5in screen.