Today Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 mini, which continues the Galaxy S mini line the same way that the One mini 2 continued the One mini line. Interestingly enough for the international variant the Galaxy S5 mini uses a Samsung Exynos 3470 SoC for the LTE variant, along with an Intel XMM7160 modem. There are a few areas where the GS5 mini bests other similar mini branded devices, such as the 1.5GB of RAM instead of the 1GB found on the One Mini 2. As with the One mini 2, there’s no 802.11ac support. Fortunately, Samsung has improved the display panel to a 720p SAMOLED with 4.5” diagonal compared to the qHD panel of the GS4 mini. I’ve included a table of the specs released below.

  Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
SoC Exynos 3470 4x1.4 GHz Cortex A7
Display 4.5” 720p IPS LCD
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4 LTE)
Dimensions 131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1mm, 120 grams
Camera 8MP rear camera, 1080p30 max. 2.1MP F/2.0 FFC
Battery 2100 mAh (7.98 Whr)
OS Android 4.4 with TouchWiz UX
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n + BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, MHL, DLNA, NFC
SIM Size MicroSIM

For those unfamiliar with the Exynos 3470, this is a quad core Cortex A7 solution running at 1.4 GHz, along with a Mali 450 GPU. Based upon the amount of Broadcom design wins in Samsung devices it’d be reasonable to infer that the WiFi/BT combo chip is a Broadcom design win as well. The Intel modem is something that we’ve seen before on the Galaxy K, so it’s no surprise to see the same on the Galaxy S5 mini. The phone is also IP67 resistant like its larger cousin, although the USB flap is no longer needed for this variant. Overall, this phone seems to be intent on keeping the mini moniker to its roots. It’s definitely designed to target a more midrange audience, although it'll take a review to see whether it does this effectively.



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  • Mr Perfect - Friday, July 04, 2014 - link

    Oh really? Count me interested then. I'd like a small phone that isn't also a cut-down part. Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Monday, July 07, 2014 - link

    The Sony Compact phones are just that: the same innards as the flagship in a more compact form, generally with a smaller screen being the only real difference. Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2 Compact. Don't recall if there was an Xperia Z Compact or not.

    They're the only one doing the "mini" phone correctly.
  • Laxaa - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    The One Mini 2 has 1GB of RAM, actually. Reply
  • Brandon Chester - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    I just fixed that up and fired off a message to Josh to let him know. Reply
  • JoshHo - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    Sorry about that. I definitely screwed up there. Reply
  • Nintendo Maniac 64 - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    Implying that a 4.5" screen is "mini". Heck the Galaxy S2 in smaller than this supposedly "mini" phone in every dimension (including thickness@!) except width (this: 64.8mm vs S2: 66.1mm) Reply
  • emn13 - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    Yeah, this thing's huge. Frankly, I wouldn't mind an actually decent smartphone that's easily pocketable - say more like 3.2 or 3.5 inch rather than this monster non-mini phone. Reply
  • Alexey291 - Friday, July 04, 2014 - link

    Iphone 4s? I don't even use apple but surely its a glaringly obvious suggestion :) Reply
  • KaarlisK - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    The sad thing is, S4 mini probably performs better in most tasks. It has two Krait 300 cores at 1.7GHz – probably WAY better at web browsing. Reply
  • mczak - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    I wouldn't quite say the Krait 300 cores at 1.7 Ghz would be way better in general, but yes on the cpu side it's a side-grade at best (quite a bit faster multi-thread performance, but definitely behind by 30% or so singlethreaded). The gpu I'd consider even to be a downgrade (from adreno 305 to mali 400mp4 - though the clock is quite high for the latter so it might be about the same performance, but you'd wish if they'd gone mali which I could understand since if the rumors are correct you can pretty much get it for free they'd use something better than the quite crappy 400 which is only gles 2.0 capable).
    Other than that, there's nothing in the specs which would make this an upgrade to the s4 mini neither, except the higher resolution and slightly larger screen (and the latter is probably not what everybody wants, as it is probably the reason why the device is both bulkier (in all 3 dimensions even!) plus adding 13% of weight. Ok the battery has somewhat higher capacity too which is always nice but all in all specs wise this looks like fail to me.

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