The diminutive, mid-range alternative to Samsung’s full-sized, high-end Galaxy S5 may not be official yet, but it really holds no secrets anymore, in the wake of an exhaustive feature exposé and high-resolution photo shoot.
The Galaxy S5 mini has never been much of a secret. Both the S3 and S4 got the pocket-sized doppelganger treatment, so you only needed a snippet of logic to predict the S5 would follow suit sooner or later.
Traces of covert information regarding technical specs started cropping up months ago, but somehow, Sammy managed to keep a tight lid on visual leaks. Until today. Now S5 mini’s design is an open book, and so is the list of features.
At this point, the Koreans might as well formally unveil the 4.5-inch smartphone, since there’s no way they can further milk the rumor mill. Besides, as expected, the GS5 mini isn’t an “unapologetic” compact spearhead in the vein of Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, but rather a contained mid-end device, so there’s no point in trying to build up marketing brouhaha.
Powered by a fresh 1.4 GHz Exynos 3470 Quad chip and 1.5 GB RAM, the SM-G800F is no cutting-edge slab, as the AnTuTu test scores dug up by Sam Mobile corroborate. Granted, extra real-life juice is to be expected, since the benchmarked unit was an unfinished prototype with unrefined software, but don’t hold your breath for north of 25,000 points.
On the bright side, the S5 mini clones the standard S5 in the sensors department, boasting fingerprint recognition tech and a built-in heart rate monitor. The display ain’t too bad either, at 720p resolution, and on the software side of things, Android 4.4 KitKat runs the show, aided by the latest TouchWiz flavor, with all the “gimmicks” we’ve come to anticipate: Private Mode, Kids Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode.
The 8 MP rear-facing camera sounds solid, the 16 GB internal storage likewise, and the connectivity front is packed: 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, etc., etc. Aesthetically, the GS5 mini doesn’t wander away from the general direction dictated by big bro, basically shrinking the footprint and keeping everything else intact. Yes, including the perforated rear. Sooo, it’s T minus what, Samsung, a day, two days, a week?
Source: Sam Mobile