Washington: As Samsung is enjoying the success of its flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S5, now South Korean company is eyeing to launch its flagship mini device Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini.
Just like phablet category Samsung set up the trend of mini version of flagship device. This year company is rumored to launch its flagship mini device Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini.
Samsung started it by introducing the Galaxy S3 Mini while Galaxy S4 Mini came last year which face a stiff competition with Xperia Z1 Compact which has the same specs of Xperia Z1 but smaller in size.
Now Samsung likely to add similar or slight lower specs to its third generation mini device.
It’s not known when the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will be released, but it is expected sooner rather than later. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for reference arrived at the end of June and there’s a good chance we’ll see its successor around then too.
There aren’t any price rumors yet but the S4 Mini launched for around £350 / $520 SIM free, so we’d expect the S5 Mini to be around the same, putting it at the upper end of the mid-range.
With increasingly fierce competition from the likes of the Motorola Moto G and the Google Nexus 5 you can always hope that Samsung might bring the price down, but we reckon chances are slim.
With mini in the name it’s a given that the Galaxy S5 Mini’s screen will be smaller than the display on the full size Samsung Galaxy S5, that is after all, the point of this product category but by the looks of things it won’t exactly be tiny.
According to reports from Sammobile, the handset is set to ship with a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED screen, so it won’t be full HD but if these rumors are accurate it will be both higher resolution and slightly bigger than the qHD (540 x 960) Galaxy S4 Mini.
That’s not exactly “Mini”, and means the Galaxy S5 Mini would still be bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S, but considering the LG G2 Mini has a 4.7-inch display Samsung will actually be a little more sensible if it sticks to 4.5 inches.
Mni seems to mean both smaller and lower powered and the Galaxy S5 Mini will probably be no exception. So if you’re expecting something along the lines of the Z1 Compact you’re likely to be disappointed.
According to sources of Sammobile, which claim that the Galaxy S5 Mini has a quad-core Snapdragon processor and 1.5GB of RAM, so while it will hardly be high end it could seriously show up the dual-core Galaxy S4 Mini.
What model the processor will be is unknown but Snapdragon 400 seems to be the processor of choice for mid-range phones at the moment so that seems likely.
The speed the processor will be clocked at is unclear, however a user agent profile for a device named SM-G750A popped up on Samsung’s servers in March and the profile revealed that the device had a 2.3GHz quad-core processor.
That would be pretty speedy, but it’s possible that this is the Galaxy S5 Neo rather than the S5 Mini, especially as the most recent model number rumors point to the S5 Mini being the SM-G800.
Plus a Snapdragon 400 chip wouldn’t support speeds that fast, so if it really is going to be 2.3GHz then we’ll be looking at a different processor model – perhaps the Snapdragon 800 which features in the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini design
According to Sammobile it will have the same IP67 water and dust resistant credentials as the Galaxy S5, which puts it one-up on the Galaxy S4 Mini and most other compact smartphones, other than the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.
That also leaves the door open for a removable rear cover and battery pack, plus the inclusion of a microSD slot – staples of the current Samsung smartphone experience.
All we’ve heard on it so far comes from sources at Sam Mobile, which claim it will have an 8MP main snapper along with a 2MP camera on the front.
That’s almost identical to the Galaxy S4 Mini, which has an 8MP camera on the back and a 1.9MP one on the front, so it’s disappointing if true.
Of course that doesn’t count out the possibility that the Galaxy S5 Mini will inherit some of the fancy camera features from the Galaxy S5, so there’s still hope that its photo skills could impress.
Currently it’s thought that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will have 16GB of built in storage, which is double what the S4 Mini has.
There’s no word on whether or not it will have a microSD card slot, but most Samsung handsets do so we’d be surprised if this one didn’t.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will almost certainly run Android 4.4 KitKat since that’s the most recent version of Android and this is a reasonably high profile phone.
It’s a dead cert that it will also be overlaid with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, in all likelihood the same version as the Samsung Galaxy S5.
It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini might have a 2100 mAh battery, if the information revealed by Sammobile is accurate.
So far the Galaxy S5 Mini looks more or less like we were expecting, a mid-range phone with a smaller screen and worse specs than the Galaxy S5, but there’s still a lot that we don’t know and a lot that we hope for, some of which is realistic, other things not so much.
This isn’t going to happen. Samsung has positioned its Mini line as mid-range handsets, so mid-range is what we’ll get, but there are disappointingly few compact phones with high end specs.
Apple is still doing it for now and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact does it, but that’s about it. The market is flooded with mid-range phones, but a shrunk down Galaxy S5 that really is a Galaxy S5 in all but size would certainly be desirable.
The current rumors doing the rounds point to an 8MP snapper, which potentially isn’t bad but it’s hardly inspiring either, especially as last year’s Galaxy S4 Mini had a camera with the same megapixel count.
So a boost in megapixels would be great, but beyond that it would also be nice to see it inherit some of the camera features from the Galaxy S5. So fast autofocus or real time HDR for example.
The headline features on the Galaxy S5 were its fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, but arguably they’re both a bit of a gimmick and in any case there’s not much chance a mid-range phone like the S5 Mini will be inheriting them.
There is however a chance that it might come with Ultra Power Saving Mode, another feature from the full fat S5, which turns the screen black and white and lowers power consumption to maximise the battery life.
There’s a good chance the S5 Mini will have a removable battery and if this feature makes it in as well then it could be one of the best phones around for battery.
It’s likely that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will cost over £350 (around $550, AU$650), despite the fact that it will probably be less powerful than the £300, $350 Nexus 5 and potentially little if any more powerful than the Moto G, which can often be found for as low as £100, $150 if you shop around.
You’d think that would price it out of the market, but it won’t, because it’s Samsung, a company which has almost as much brand power and loyalty as Apple. Still, it would be nice if Samsung at least tried to price the Galaxy S5 Mini competitively.