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
RAM/NAND 1.5 GB LPDDR3, 16GB NAND + microSD
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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  • Mobile-Dom - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    the fact it doesnt use a Snapdragon 400 interests me, i want to see how this performs against the One Mini 2 and the Moto G Reply
  • Achtung_BG - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    For this price, Huawei Honor 6 is better. Reply
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    Yet another mid-range phone given the branding (and most of the price) of the flagship...

    Dissapointing.
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  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    On the other hand, intel LTE chipset.. Looks interesting. Reply
  • jeffkibuule - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    Interesting but outdated, Intel XMM7260 should already be rolling out to OEM customers today. Reply
  • Spuke - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    I didn't see a price. How much is it? Reply
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    Looking at what's out right now:

    From mobicity.com.au (because I live in Australia, funnily enough) unlocked:

    SGS5: 699.95
    SGS4: 479.95
    SGS4 Mini 4G LTE: 369.95

    The Mini is over 2/3 the price, while having less than 3/4 the performance and much crappier software support (because presumably it will end up being a lower-volume model).
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  • Malih - Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - link

    The Minis before this do seem like they were lower volume models, but with added gimmicks like water resistance, fingerprint security and heart rate monitor, this could sell better than previous models, considering the competition doesn't have such advantage. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    The "mini" moniker clearly denotes its specs in this day and age though. Or would you say a Radeon R5 is using the branding of the R9 flagship because of its "R" usage?

    And yes, One Mini 2 (wtf were they thinking with that name) has only 1GB if a certain website called "anandtech" can be trusted :D.
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  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - link

    Sony Xperia Z1 Compact would like a word. Yes, it's not "Mini", but most people suspect (probably quite correctly) that Sony went with "Compact" to distance themselves from the shoddy practice of "Mini" variants being cut-down parts.

    The only downscaled bits are the screen (1080p 5" -> 720p 4.3"), battery (3000mAh -> 2400mAh) and, well, physical size.
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