Samsung Shrinks Its Flagship Phone, Announces Galaxy S5 Mini

Paul Lilly

A small and somewhat spunky version of its bigger brother

Samsung today unveiled the Galaxy S5 mini , a downsized version of the Galaxy S5 with comparatively subdued specs. That said, it's not as much of a downgrade over the Galaxy S5 as the Galaxy S4 mini was from the Galaxy S4. Its core foundation consists of a 4.5-inch HD (1280x720) Super AMOLED display powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot).

Though there's a large audience for big-screen smartphones, there's also a significant consumer base that's interested in smaller sized handsets that fit comfortably into pockets and other tight areas.

"We always strive to develop devices that appeal to a range of consumer tastes and styles," said JK Shin , CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. "The Galaxy S5 mini allows consumers to enjoy the iconic design and essential and useful features of the Galaxy S5 through a maximized minimalism approach."

The Galaxy S5 mini shares the same perforated pattern on the back cover as the Galaxy S5. It also features a 2.1MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 2.0, GPS, LTE radio, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

While we wouldn't recommend taking the Galaxy S5 mini for a swim, it is IP67 dust and water resistant, which means a splash of wetness shouldn't ruin the handset.

Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5 mini in Russia early this month, followed by a global launch sometime after. No word yet on price.

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