Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Design and Display
The S5 Mini is basically a clone of its older brother, from its dimpled plastic back to its button placement, one of the main obvious visual difference is its size. It even comes in the same range of colours.
The S5 mini has a 4.5″ Super AMOLED panel of 1280 x 720 resolution that’s good for around 326 ppi. At 326 pixels per inch, the S5 mini is tack sharp and with Super AMOLED screen you can expect superb colours, unmatched contrast and great viewing angles, even outdoors.
The commendable 72-hour score is headlined by equally-solid scores on all three individual tests – 12 hours of calling, 13 hours of browsing and 11 hours of video playback. The stand-by time is good as well – we measured it to be around 250 hours.
TouchWiz on KitKat
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini runs on the latest available Android 4.4.2 KitKat customized by the most recent incarnation of TouchWiz for smartphones, which we saw premiere on the Galaxy S5. Samsung has added multiple features that increase productivity and enhance security.
The gallery on the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini can be viewed by time or by album and filtered by several categories. Event is the basic view, which groups photos based on time and location, but it’s the other modes that caught our interest.
Very nice audio output
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini did very well in the first part of our audio quality test, where we see how it performs with an active external amplifier. Each of its scores was excellent and the volume level was good, adding up to an excellent score.
8MP snapper is capable
The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini comes with an 8MP shooter that can snap at 3265 x 2448 resolution in 4:3 aspect. That’s twice as less compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5’s mighty 16MP snapper. The photos are in 4:3 ratio as opposed to the 16:9 stills from the big Galaxy S5. You can opt for 16:9 stills on the S5 mini as well, but that would cost you some of the resolution, as the images only come up as 6MP.
On its own, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a a good midrange smartphone. It retains what makes the bigger flagship desirable and cleverly mimics its superb performance so that it’s easy to think the raw hardware power is equal. Samsung has made this smartphone snappy thanks to good software optimizations
Optional Dual SIM version available
4.5″ 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display with 326 ppi
Android OS v4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Exynos 3 Quad 3470 chipset, Mali-400MP4 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM
16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
8MP camera with LED flash, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
IP67 certification for dust and water resistance
Fingerprint scanner with PayPal payments support and private mode access
Motion and gesture features, Air view
Length: 131.1 mm
Width: 64.8 mm
Depth: 9.1 mm
Talk Time: Up to 10hrs