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Samsung announces S5 mini, preps global release

Samsung announces S5 mini, preps global release

Will compete against HTC's One Mini 2 and Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S5 mini with little fanfare in its home country of Korea last night. The miniature 4.5in smartphone discounts processing hardware and camera performance, but retains the S5’s durability and focus on fitness.

Key to the S5 mini’s character is its smaller screen. The smaller 4.5in screen has a high 720x1280 resolution for a “retina” grade 326 pixels-per-inch (ppi). This put the S5 mini on par with HTC’s recently announced One Mini 2 and Apple’s flagship iPhone 5S.

Few concessions have been made when it comes to the sheer variety of features. The S5 mini retains its IP67 water-and-dustproof rating, a finger scanner and a heart sensor; the latter two will perpetuate Samsung’s focus on secure payments and health respectively.

The design pays homage to the full-sized S5 with a perforated back cover, chrome accents and thick bezels.

Most of the downgrades happen behind the scenes. Inside the market leading processor of the S5 has been replaced with a 1.4GHz quad core CPU, while RAM has been dropped to 1.5GB. Internal storage is a healthy 16GB and a microSDXC memory card slot makes it possible to expand storage by a further 64GB.

Concessions have been made to the rear camera, which now captures 8 megapixel photos and records videos in Full HD resolution. The front still has a 2.1 megapixel camera.

The S5 mini continues Samsung’s tradition of offering a strong suite of connectivity. The smartphone has a 4G LTE modem, supports single-band Wi-Fi (802.11n), has Bluetooth 4.0, near field communications (NFC) and an IR transmitter.

The S5 mini will compete against HTC’s One Mini 2] and [[artnid:540852. Samsung will commence a global rollout of the smartphone in July starting with Russia. Good Gear Guide is awaiting response from Samsung’s local representatives on Australian availability and pricing.


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