As the trend continues year after year, Samsung Electronics announced the launch the miniature version of its flagship smartphone – Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. Continuing the trend of the ‘Mini’ series devices from Samsung, the device offers flagship performance with a compact design. Features like water & dust resistance, ultra power saving mode, fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor make a welcome appearance in this iteration. Read on to find out the detailed specifications, pricing and availability information.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Asim Warsi, V.P, Marketing, Mobile & IT at Samsung India, “The Galaxy S5 Mini is yet another manifestation of the philosophy of people inspired innovation that drives Samsung products. This stylish smartphone is the perfect combination of performance and power in a conveniently compact design.”
Specifications & Features
- 4.5″ HD Super AMOLED Display (720 x 1280), 328PPI
- HSDPA 42.2 Mbps
- Cortex-A7 Quad Core 1.4 GHz Processor
- 1.5 GB RAM
- 16GB Internal Memory expandable to 64 GB via MicroSD Card
- Android 4.4 KitKat – TouchWiz UX
- 8.0 MP Rear Camera with AF & LED Flash : Front- 2.1 MP
- IR Remote Sensor
- WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz + 5GHz, Bluetooth®: 4.0 Low Energy
- IP67 – Dust and water Resistant, Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health – Heart Rate Sensor
- Dimensions – 131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1mm, 120g
- 2100 mAh Battery Unit
The Galaxy S5 Mini comes with the same perforated leather back as the Galaxy S5 which renders a leather look to the device. Also, the material is anti slip and anti scratch/fingerprint which helps in improving the grip and makes it durable for long term usage. Apart from the premium build, the device also comes with superfast network capabilities (42 Mbps) for 3G and Wi-Fi networks. Fingerprint sensor is also present for unlocking the device and making PayPal purchases. HeartRate Monitor is present just below the camera unit for measuring the heart rate and clicking pictures (if a future update allows the option – Galaxy Note 4 already has this feature)
On the software front, the device comes loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat underneath Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UX. Ultra Power Saving mode helps the user to cut down the functionality of the device to bare essentials ensuring you get the most out of the battery.
Pricing and Availability
The Galaxy S5 Mini is available in India at a price of INR 26,499 from Flipkart. It is available in four color options-Black, White, Blue and Gold.
The specifications and feature list is quite comprehensive on the Galaxy S5 Mini. It makes it one of the best “Mini” version of any Samsung flagship device so far. But the competition is catching up soon. HTC One Mini 2 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact which are set to launch in India come head to head with the Galaxy S5 Mini in terms of specifications and features. Also, the price of the device which is north of Rs. 25000 puts it in the league of LG Nexus 5 and Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation) both of which are pretty powerful and offer better media experience.