We’ve already reported that Flipkart had arranged the exclusive rights to sell the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Duos in India and it’s now been released at a price of Rs 26,499, which is the equivalent of around $435 or £270. It’s available in four colours, Charcoal Black, Electric Blue, Copper Gold and Shimmery White, and will come with a free pair of Sennheiser HD 180 over-ear headphones, worth about Rs 3,500. Also, Flipkart have an introductory offer meaning that 25 customers will receive a full cashback after taking delivery! Ignoring the potential price of nothing, from the perspective of picking up the nearest equivalent device in the UK, this is a great price but compared with other offerings at Flipkart for the Indian market, the S5 Mini looks expensive. Samsung devices, however, are not known for looking great value by comparing the sticker price but for your money you get a comprehensive if very much middle-of-the-road specification. You see, the S5 Mini is modelled around the bigger S5 and Samsung appear to have reduced the specification all around but included a number of the more desirable features of the full size S5.
To refresh, the S5 Mini is based around a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor paired up with 1.5 GB of RAM, so on the processor side it’s certainly less powerful than the full size S5, which is based around the Snapdragon 801 or octa core Samsung Exynos processor. However, the S5 Mini’s screen is a 4.5-inch 720p AMOLED compared with the full size’s 5.1-inch 1080p: there are under half as many pixels for the hardware to move around the screen so arguably it needs less processor power. The S5 Mini comes with 16 GB of internal storage plus a MicroSD slot, an 8 MP main camera (the full S5 packs a 16 MP main camera) and a 2.1 MP front facing unit. As I’ve already said, this is the dual SIM version, which means you don’t get LTE / 4G coverage (but as there is very limited 4G coverage in India, this is likely not a deal breaker). The S5 Mini inherits the full size S5’s heart rate sensor, fingerprint sensor and IP67 certification for being dust and water resistant. Finally, the S5 Mini runs the Samsung TouchWiz over Android 4.4 Kit Kat.
I still find it strange to be calling a handset with a 4.5-inch screen a “Mini,” when it fits into my personal comfortable size range, but it’s clear where Samsung have cut the most from the full-fat S5: the lower resolution, slower hardware and lesser camera. Still, for many people the S5 Mini is all the Samsung Galaxy they could need in a potentially more comfortable size. But what do our readers think? Is this a bargain, or too expensive? Hit us up in the comments below or via our Google+ page.