If you were wondering whether we’ll have a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini this year as a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy S4 Mini, well… wonder no more. In the most unsurprising news ever, it appears that yes, indeed, there will be an S5 Mini on the market in 2014.
Samsung won’t follow in the footsteps of Sony and make this a proper ‘Mini flagship’. No, the Galaxy S5 Mini will still be a midranger, just like last year’s model. Though its specs have thankfully been upgraded in many ways.
SamMobile claims to have had an exclusive look at the S5 Mini’s spec list, and its model number – this will be the SM-G800. Since the ‘full size’ Galaxy S5 is the SM-G900, it makes sense. Also, looks like the previously leaked SM-G750 is something else entirely then.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will have a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, an IR blaster, and a 2,100 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat. It may even be water and dust resistant like the Galaxy S5, but that’s not been ‘confirmed’ yet.
OK, so let’s see. The screen resolution increase is extremely welcome. The S4 Mini had to make do with the shameful 540×960, whereas the HTC One Mini from 2013, with the same screen size, went HD. It looks like this time around HTC’s and Samsung’s Minis will once more have the same screen size, as both have been rumored to sport 4.5-inch panels. And for the first time ever, they’ll even get the same resolution.
Moving on, which Snapdragon processor Samsung will use remains a mystery, but it’s probably going to be a Snapdragon 400. In that case, expect either a dual-core part clocked at up to 1.7 GHz, or a quad-core clocked at up to 1.6 GHz. The amount of RAM has stayed the same since last year, which is the same thing that happened for the full size flagship, coincidence or not. The built-in storage gets a bump, though, now doubled from 8 GB in the S4 Mini. The presence of the IR blaster is also noteworthy, as that was previously limited to bigger Samsung devices. The cameras have stayed the same too, while the battery capacity has been upped by exactly 200 mAh – once again, it’s the same story for the Galaxy S5 compared to the Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S5 Mini may get announced by Samsung in June.