Samsung has made its fortune on providing something for everyone. Whether you prefer a large, 5+-inch display, something a little smaller (mid-range), or something that’s no larger than the current iPhone 5s, Samsung’s got you covered.
Unfortunately, the “Mini” moniker, up to now, has been nothing short of disappointing with Samsung and other Android manufacturers. When you pick up a phone with the word “Mini” attached, you’re usually holding your breath for features that are comparable to what you’d find on high-end devices. In short, not only do high-end-spinoff phones lack most of the features on high-end displays, but they also come with disappointing screen resolution and, of course, battery life.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S presentation had us all “tab into color” with the company’s Super AMOLED and Adaptive Display iPad competitor. Now, the Korean manufacturer is back to breathe new life into the “Mini” name, giving most consumers a comparable (yet small) device that they’ve wanted for the last few years. The latest from Samsung is all about the Galaxy S5 Mini.
We know what you’re thinking – “Oh boy, here’s another Samsung variant that won’t sell” – but don’t turn away too quickly. Before making a judgment, let’s look at the specs. First off, the Galaxy S5 Mini will feature a 1280 x 720p (HD) screen resolution, a huge jump up from the quarter HD (960 x 540) resolution found on the Galaxy S4 Mini.
The Galaxy S5 Mini will also feature a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.4Ghz Samsung Exynos 3 quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM, as well as an 8MP back camera and 2.1MP front-facing camera. In addition to the display resolution increase, the Galaxy S5 Mini will come to feature all the things you love about the Galaxy S5: the Power and Ultra Power Saving Modes, heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner-embedded home button, Private Mode, and Kids Mode. To top it all off, Samsung’s decided to throw in its IP67 water and dust resistance so that your Galaxy S5 Mini is as formidable as the original Galaxy S5 in the water and sand. Samsung featured a microSD card slot on the Galaxy S4 Mini, and the company whose microSD card slots are a trademark wouldn’t disappoint with the Galaxy S5 Mini, either. The Galaxy S5 Mini will go on sale in mid-July in worldwide markets.
We don’t yet know the battery size, and we don’t have a price for the Galaxy S5 Mini. One thing we can say, though, is that Samsung’s finally giving the “Mini” label a reason to exist in the first place. Well done, Samsung!