One ‘mini’ to rule them all?

July 1, 2014

It has all the features of its bigger sibling, in a smaller frame of course.

We saw it coming. Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S5 Mini, the supposedly less-capable version of their current flagship smartphone. But comparing it to previous mini versions of the Samsung Galaxy line or even its competitors, I wouldn’t really deem that it’s less capable.

First off, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini will have all the unique features of the S5 – that means it will be IP67 certified (water and dust resistant), and will also have a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner built into the home button.

While it may not have the same super fast processor of the S5, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini will still feature a 1.4 GHz Quad-core processor with a 4.5-inch screen and will support a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution. The rear camera will be at 8 megapixels and 2.1 megapixels for the front facing one– more than capable enough to take those selfies.

“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.”

Prices are unconfirmed at the moment, but it should be available within the next few weeks, probably to coincide with the impending release of the Apple’s new iPhone which – if the new screen sizes are rumored to be true – will be in direct competition with it, and that still doesn’t include the still unannounced Galaxy Note 4 phablet. 

Samsung should change their naming strategy since a 4.5-inch screen isn’t really a ‘mini’ anymore, much like the LG G3 Beat which comes with 5-inch screen and yet it is still considered a ‘mini’ version of the G3.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.