After last year’s near barrage of different Galaxy S4 products, it should come as no surprise that Samsung will be introducing variants of this year’s Galaxy S5. Ever since the Galaxy S III was on shelves, Samsung has offered a “Mini” version of the device and this year is to be no different. The “Mini” Galaxy S devices have always left a lot to be desired where specs are concerned, but they do offer a decent compromise on price, performance and for many users, size as well. Specs for this year’s Galaxy S Mini have leaked out courtesy of SamMobile and while there’s one big change, much remains the same.
First thing’s first, the display of the Galaxy S5 Mini is to be a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with a 720p HD resolution, finally an HD display in one of these things. Under the hood, there’s said to be 1.5 GB of RAM and a quad-core CPU of an as-yet-unknown name and make, but the thinking is that the Snapdragon 400 will be tapped for the S5 Mini. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung were to use one of their own chips here, but we’ll have to wait and see on that score. Battery wise, a 2,100 mAh cell is apparently running the show and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera will work together with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for imaging duties.
Certain premium features often make their way downhill to the Galaxy S Mini line and this year’s is said to feature the same IP67 water and dust-resistance as its big brother. While there’s no word on the fingerprint sensor or heart rate monitor, we’d suggest these are easily written off as being reserved for Samsung’s honest flagship.
Year-after-year we see Samsung release a Galaxy S Mini and often they leave a lot to be desired, but hopefully this year’s model with an HD display might help to turn things around. What do you guys think? Could Samsung have another successful Mini on their hands?