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Samsung Galaxy S5 gets a little brother

The Galaxy S5 variants just continue to proliferate as we trudge further into 2014. First there was the original Galaxy S5 followed by the Galaxy S5 Active, Galaxy S5 Sport, and Galaxy F. Now, the Galaxy S5 mini has been officially unveiled.
 
Although the Galaxy S5 mini descends from the Galaxy S5, it doesn’t pack nearly as much firepower as its larger brother. The smartphones packs in a 4.5” (1280x720) Super AMOLED display and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor (1.5GB RAM). The Galaxy S5 mini comes with 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot is included for additional storage, a 8MP rear camera, a 2.1MP front-facing cameras, and a 2100 mAh battery.

 
Carryover features from the Galaxy S5 include IP67 dust and water protection, fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor, an Ultra Power Saving Mode, and LTE connectivity.
 
The Galaxy S5 mini will be available in Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold when it launches in Russia early this month. From there, its availability will spread worldwide.

Source: Samsung



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Pointless
By EasyC on 7/1/2014 8:48:31 AM , Rating: 3
For the same price, you can get a Sony Z1 Compact with flagship specs that are better in every way and a smaller form factor.

Oh and much faster android updates.

*sigh*




RE: Pointless
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/1/2014 9:20:33 AM , Rating: 1
Well, go buy one and enjoy.

Personally I am not a fan of Sony's products.

Had one too many of their products go south shortly after the warranty expired. Their track record with me and the fact their their phone does not include a user replaceable battery is enough all by itself to keep me far away from any Sony-made electronic product regardless of specs.


RE: Pointless
By EasyC on 7/1/2014 9:30:01 AM , Rating: 1
Ok. :)

Samsung isn't exactly the front runner in quality.

This handset is priced much too high for what you get, plain and simple.


RE: Pointless
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/1/2014 10:21:49 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
This handset is priced much too high for what you get, plain and simple.
No price that I can see in this article, so what are you basing this off of?


RE: Pointless
By Argon18 on 7/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Pointless
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/2014 11:56:04 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
The battery is good for 4+ years


That's so wrong it's not even funny. The battery will work after 4+ years, yes. But you will NOT get the same battery life from it as a new one, not even close.


RE: Pointless
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/1/2014 12:07:20 PM , Rating: 3
Ah these folks that can't see past the end of their nose...

If I go out on a day trip it is nice to carry a spare charged battery or 2 (or 3) and swap them out as each one runs down - power capacity is limited only by the number of small charged batteries you can carry. Carrying 3 batteries takes less space than a wall charger and there is no hassle waiting until it charges.

I have 4 batteries - they cost me a whopping $12 each. And each one good for pretty much a full day of use.


RE: Pointless
By piroroadkill on 7/1/2014 9:38:07 AM , Rating: 2
Z1 Compact is the only real no-compromise phone that isn't 5" >


RE: Pointless
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/2014 9:48:23 AM , Rating: 2
Once again the community who freaks out when large phones are announced and cries for 4.5" devices, find ways to bash nearly EVERY small Android phone that comes out.

And the Galaxy S5 mini is very close in specs to the Z1 Compact. I don't see how you can just proclaim it's better in "every way", that's hyperbole.


RE: Pointless
By EasyC on 7/1/2014 10:03:09 AM , Rating: 2
Galaxy S5 Mini
--------------
4.5" 720p AMOLED
1.4Ghz Quad Core
1.5GB RAM
16GB Storage
MicroSD Slot
8MP Camera
2100 MAh Battery
Plastic
131.1mm x 64.8mm x 9.1mm

Sony Z1 Compact
---------------
4.3" 720p IPS
2.2Ghz Quad Core (SD800)
2GB RAM
16GB Storage
MicroSD Slot
20.7MP Camera (much larger sensor)
2300 MAh Battery
Metal/Glass
127mm x 64.9mm x 9.5mm

How are they close?

I complain, because I want more competition for the Sony. More competition means more/better options for all of us.

Oh, and the Sony already has Android 4.4.4....


RE: Pointless
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/14, Rating: -1
RE: Pointless
By EasyC on 7/1/2014 10:50:53 AM , Rating: 3
LOL! It's only trolling when you disagree. I see.

I only listed the common specifications. Please, enlighten me as to what the S5 mini has. I'd be intrigued to know.

The SD800 throttles itself when its not being used. It's called power saving. If you think a 1.4Ghz (probably SD400) would perform identically to an SD800, then you are fooling yourself... really bad. If that's the case, why don't we all go buy Moto G's... there's no real difference between that and a regular S5 right? According to your logic they are super close.

I have the Sony. I've had quite a few phones in the past years, M7, MotoX, S4, even a little LG F3 in there (a great value phone).

Point is, Samsung is selling this thing at 500$ which isn't a competitive price point given what it's offering. People in the market for this phone want a smaller device, and at that price point, you can get a vastly better option for the same money.

You can preach to me about your opinion of what people want. People want what's marketed to them. If Samsung spends millions of dollars shoving a 6" handheld TV-phone down the publics throat, they will want it. Meanwhile, everyone that I show the Z1C prefers the form factor of it over their giant phone. They didn't even know that option existed.

Preach on all you want. The only hyperbole going on is opinion ;)


RE: Pointless
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/1/2014 11:00:36 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe, just try doing just a small bit bit of research?

quote:
Samsung has dropped the impressive Snapdragon 801 chip found in the Galaxy S5 for its own offering in the S5 Mini. It will be interesting to see how it copes as Qualcomm's latest processor is a solid performer.


RE: Pointless
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/2014 11:11:51 AM , Rating: 1
lol wow. Why did I believe him, and where did he pull that SoC Samsung was supposedly using from? Just...wtf...

He'll probably still try and say the Z1 Compact is a "massively" better phone though. Somehow...

Sorry I just don't see some glaring huge difference, especially with the 801 being in the Mini.


RE: Pointless
By EasyC on 7/1/2014 11:21:16 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Pointless
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/1/2014 11:52:57 AM , Rating: 2
Fact is, neither of us know.

But per Anandtech :

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8230/samsung-announc...

Exynos 3470 4x1.4 GHz Cortex A7


RE: Pointless
By Spuke on 7/1/2014 7:08:24 PM , Rating: 2
So which SoC is in the Mini?


RE: Pointless
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/1/2014 8:06:44 PM , Rating: 2
According to Anand....

Exynos 3470 4x1.4 GHz Cortex A7


RE: Pointless
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/14, Rating: -1
RE: Pointless
By EasyC on 7/1/2014 11:19:38 AM , Rating: 2
We can agree to disagree. You are perfectly happy to accept the status quo. I'm a fan of more competition and better value.


RE: Pointless
By retrospooty on 7/1/2014 11:51:15 AM , Rating: 1
More competition would help you, but facts are facts... The reality is that most people that want high end phones want larger screens.

The only way you are going to see more high end phones in smaller packages like the Z1 and Z2 compact (and I believe the Z3 compact was just leaked and is coming soon) is if those models start selling well. They arent. OEM's are going to what most people want - larger screens. Even Apple's internal research shows that people want larger screens and they are going with 4.7 and 5.5 on the iPhone 6.

If people aren't buying the 1 high end Android in a small package in high numbers, why on Earth would other OEM's jump on the same losing bandwagon?

Econ 101 man. That is just how it works.


RE: Pointless
By Reclaimer77 on 7/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Pointless
By retrospooty on 7/1/2014 12:01:48 PM , Rating: 2
"The fact that the S5 Mini will launch with a Smapdragon 801"

Where do you see that? The article above saysd 1.4ghz quad core and Anandtech shows the actual model http://www.anandtech.com/show/8230/samsung-announc...

Exynos 3470 4x1.4 GHz Cortex A7 (unless they got bad info)


Worse than last years Droid Mini
By OnyxNite on 7/1/2014 1:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
What is with the "Mini" phones this cycle all being complete crap? Last years Droid Mini was better than this years Galaxy S5 Mini, HTC One Mini 2, and LG G3 Mini. Heck this thing isn't even better than the Galaxy SIII.




RE: Worse than last years Droid Mini
By retrospooty on 7/1/2014 6:55:08 PM , Rating: 2
"What is with the "Mini" phones this cycle all being complete crap? "

Because these are not high end phones in smaller packages, these are low end phones. The only one that does a high end phone in a small package is Sony with the Z1 and Z2 compact models.

High end phones in smaller packages aren't selling well because most people want larger screens. If the Z1 and Z2 compact start selling well other OEM's will start to make them too... But that isn't where things are going. Even Apple's internal research shows that people want larger screens and they are going bigger like everyone.

Like I said above, if people aren't buying the 1 high end Android in a small package in high numbers, why on Earth would other OEM's jump on the same losing bandwagon?

The best way to get more products like the Z1 and Z2 - convince 10 million or so of your closest friends to go buy one. ;)


RE: Worse than last years Droid Mini
By EasyC on 7/2/2014 12:31:27 PM , Rating: 2
When is the last time you saw an advertisement for the Z1C?

When is the last time you saw an advertisement for the Galaxy?

Exactly. People want to be told what they want. That's why advertising is a HUGE business. The people who really care about what they're getting tend to make different decisions.

So yes, millions of people buy "the next big thing" because that's what they're told to, everywhere.


By Reclaimer77 on 7/2/2014 1:24:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
People want to be told what they want.


Steve Jobs, is that you?

Seriously I think you're making a very generalized statement to dig yourself out of the logic-hole you dug.

If what you're saying was completely true, the iPhone would still be 3.5".


RE: Worse than last years Droid Mini
By retrospooty on 7/2/2014 7:37:58 PM , Rating: 2
You can think whatever you want, I totally disagree. This is purely a consumer market and its driven by sales and what works and what people want is larger screens. With all todays smartphones do, doing it on a tiny screen is a waste. Like we have all mentioned, even Apple's own studies of their own users shows people want larger phones.

They are getting larger because that is what most (of course not all) people want. If smaller high end devices were selling, Samsung would be making them, and advertising them. The industry standard small high end phone, the iPhone is coming in 4.7 and 5.5 inches in a few months. You think that is because of advertising??? Come on, get real.


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