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Samsung launches the Galaxy S5 Mini

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday July 01, 2014.

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy S5 Mini, the small version of its flagship GS5 handset today and it offers little in the way of surprise. That means while the Galaxy S5 Mini retains the design of its bigger sibling, it loses much of the high end specs that make the GS5 proper a flagship device. As the company that started the "mini" handset trend, Samsung is sticking to the model that it helped build, no matter how controversial that model may be.

If you are looking for Galaxy S5 performance but in a smaller form factor then you should probably look elsewhere as the S5 Mini will not meet your power user demands. That said, its lack of flagship firepower does not make it a poor performer, instead the Galaxy S5 Mini should be a fairly quick mid-range smartphone. Under the hood it packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM, while there is also a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p panel, an 8 megapixel camera, and 16GB (expandable to 64GB) of storage on board.

Samsung may have scrimped on the specs, but the company has certainly kept its software in check thanks to the inclusion of hardware such as a waterproof certification, power-saving modes, a heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and support for Samsung's wearable's. This may all seem generous considering the watered down specs, but Samsung is committed to its S Health suite and its wearable devices, so the company was compelled to add this hardware to a smartphone that will sell well in numerous markets.

Aside from its specs, the Galaxy S5 Mini throws up many of the same issues with "mini" handsets that we have become used to. Namely, is it justifiable for manufacturers to water down their flagship experience this much? It is a dividing topic, but as long as those wanting to buy the S5 Mini know that they are not getting the full Galaxy S5 experience then it is hard to see a real problem.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will land in Russia first from "early July" and will undoubtedly roll out around the globe shortly after. The handset will be available Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold, although no pricing details have been given yet.

source: Samsung

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