Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 mini smartphone earlier today. The launch of a ‘mini’ version of the company’s flagship has become a staple in the calendar release schedule for Samsung. However, whereas Sony carefully chose the ‘Compact’ moniker to define a smaller flagship handset, Samsung’s S5 mini doesn’t share the same specs as its bigger brother the Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p display and is armed with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with microSD memory card. It also includes an 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, a heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner.
One of the most interesting features of the Galaxy S5 mini is IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. However, Samsung has found a way to leave the micro USB port open i.e. there is no flap covering the micro USB socket. We don’t know how this works in practice, especially in terms of what happens if you have to charge the phone after it has been soaked.
Compared to the Galaxy S5 mini, the Xperia Z1 Compact holds up very well. Specs wise, the Xperia Z1 Compact has a faster chipset, more RAM, better optics and a higher capacity battery. However the Galaxy S5 mini has a slightly larger display in a broadly similar chassis size. The Galaxy S5 mini also includes an IR port, which is absent on the Xperia Z1 Compact. We have compared the specifications of each handset below, so you can see which handset suits you best.
Specs compared: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact versus Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
Xperia Z1 Compact
Galaxy S5 mini
Display size (inches)
4.5 Super AMOLED
720 x 1280
720 x 1280
Glass with metal frame
Infrared (IR Remote)
Exynos 3470 SoC & Intel XMM7160 modem
Quad core Mali-400MP4 clocked at 450 MHz
127 x 64.9 x 9.5
131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1
Black, White, Pink, Lime
Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold
Rear Camera sensor
20.7MP Exmor RS (1/2.3-inch)
1080p Full HD
1080p Full HD @ 30fps
Front camera sensor
Dedicated camera button
G Lens (F2.0); BIONZ mobile image-processing engine; Camera apps
Shot & More, Virtual Tour Shot, S Studio
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 (aptX)
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Battery STAMINA Mode
Ultra Power Saving mode, S Health, Private Mode/Kids Mode