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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini officially announced - Includes 4.5 inch Super AMOLED display, water resistance and finger scanner


The was officially unveiled today as the more compact version of the company's flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 mini features a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED display, an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. It also retains most of the Galaxy S5 features, including its fingerprint scanner, the heart-rate monitor on the back, and its Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM).

Samsung has used the same design language as the Galaxy S5 on its mini version, offering the perforated soft touch back and even including the water and dust protection with IP67 certification. The IP67 certification allows your Galaxy S5 mini to be submerged in water up to 30 minutes in a depth of up to 1 meter (3.3 feet). You get four color options from the start: Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold. Its smaller screen size also makes the device much more easily handleable with one hand compared to its larger sibling.

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy S5 mini has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB 2.0, GPS, and an infra-red beamer. The LTE version also includes the NFC connectivity option. The handset features an 8-megapixel auto-focus main camera with a single LED flash on the back, while on the front there is a 2.1-megapixel shooter.

Some markets will get the 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy S5 mini, which likely runs on the Snapdragon 400 system chip, while others will get a non-LTE version, powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 3470. A dual-SIM option will also be available in certain markets. Samsung will include 1.5GB of RAM to ensure your apps run smoothly. In terms of storage, the Galaxy S5 mini offers 16GB of storage which can be expanded through microSD while a 2100 mAh battery will keep the device running through the day.

The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Samsung's Touchwiz user interface will run on top as usual and you will even get exclusive Galaxy S5 features like the Ultra Power Saving Mode that prolongs your battery longevity.

The Galaxy S5 mini will launch in early July, and has been priced at €479 in Europe (the equivalent of $650).

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