After Samsung Galaxy S5 released, Every thing you need to know about Samsung’s next smartphone flagship device is S5 Mini.
Samsung’s range of mini mobiles might not have the headline specs of the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note phones but they’ve carved out a sizeable niche for themselves.
Popular with those who want something slightly smaller and cheaper, but with many of the same positive qualities as Samsung’s flagships, the Mini series started life in 2012 with the introduction of the Galaxy S3 Mini.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will be the Korean firm’s third iteration of this product line, and while no concrete details are known yet the rumors and leaks are starting to paint a picture of what to expect.
We’ve seen the S3 Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini turn up with severely cut down spec lists compared to their full fat brothers, but the introduction of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact saw it inherit the same processor, RAM, GPU and 20.7MP camera from the flagship Xperia Z1.
Could Samsung take a leaf out of Sony’s book for the Galaxy S5 Mini? We sure do hope so, but it’s pretty unlikely.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini price and release date: It’s not known when the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will be released, but it is expected sooner rather than later. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for reference arrived at the end of June and there’s a good chance we’ll see its successor around then too.
Don’t expect a big fanfare around the Galaxy S5 Mini launch though, as Samsung tends to prefer a soft launch in the way of a press release.
There aren’t any price rumors yet but the S4 Mini launched for around £350 / $520 SIM free, so we’d expect the S5 Mini to be around the same, putting it at the upper end of the mid-range.
With increasingly fierce competition from the likes of the Motorola Moto G and the Google Nexus 5 you can always hope that Samsung might bring the price down, but we reckon chances are slim.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Display and Others specs: With mini in the name it’s a given that the Galaxy S5 Mini’s screen will be smaller than the display on the full size Samsung Galaxy S5 – that is after all, the point of this product category – but by the looks of things it won’t exactly be tiny.
Sam Mobile reports that the handset is set to ship with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED screen, so it won’t be full HD but if these rumors are accurate it will be both higher resolution and slightly bigger than the qHD (540 x 960) Galaxy S4 Mini.
That’s not exactly “Mini”, and means the Galaxy S5 Mini would still be bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S, but considering the LG G2 Mini has a 4.7-inch display Samsung will actually be a little more sensible if it sticks to 4.5 inches.
For Samsung, mini seems to mean both smaller and lower powered and the Galaxy S5 Mini will probably be no exception. So if you’re expecting something along the lines of the Z1 Compact you’re likely to be disappointed.
Having said that, current rumors point to a device that’s rather more capable than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
Sam Mobile’s insiders claim that the Galaxy S5 Mini has a quad-core Snapdragon processor and 1.5GB of RAM, so while it will hardly be high end it could seriously show up the dual-core Galaxy S4 Mini.
What model the processor will be is unknown but Snapdragon 400 seems to be the processor of choice for mid-range phones at the moment so that seems likely.
The speed the processor will be clocked at is unclear, however a user agent profile for a device named SM-G750A popped up on Samsung’s servers in March and the profile revealed that the device had a 2.3GHz quad-core processor.
That would be pretty speedy, but it’s possible that this is the Galaxy S5 Neo rather than the S5 Mini, especially as the most recent model number rumors point to the S5 Mini being the SM-G800.
Plus a Snapdragon 400 chip wouldn’t support speeds that fast, so if it really is going to be 2.3GHz then we’ll be looking at a different processor model – perhaps the Snapdragon 800 which features in the Galaxy Note 3.
With mini in the name it’s a given that the Galaxy S5 Mini’s screen will be smaller than the display on the full size Samsung Galaxy S5– that is after all, the point of this product category – but by the looks of things it won’t exactly be tiny.