Samsung is gearing up to release a sequel to the Galaxy S4 mini, and if one report from Sam Mobile is to be trusted, the S5 mini’s specs are quite attractive. The website cites its usual insiders, who have provided accurate leaks in the past.
First off, the Galaxy S5 mini is said to come with a 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display of 4.5 inches across, a nice upgrade over the 4.3-inch 540 x 960 display of the S4 mini. It’s an upgrade we salute, that gives the S5 mini solid footing against the Moto G and the Xperia Z1 Compact.
Underneath the screen, there’s a quad-core processor made by Qualcomm. Sam Mobile could not confirm the model, but it’s likely that it will be a Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.5GHz (like the HTC Desire 816) or at 1.2GHz (like the Moto G and the Desire 610). There will be 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD. The latter spec is an upgrade over the 8GB of the Galaxy S4 mini.
Other reported Galaxy S5 mini specs include an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front one, an IR blaster, and a 2,100-mAh battery. Naturally, design-wise the S5 mini will be a faithful homage to the flagship Galaxy S5, but don’t expect any of the advanced features, such as the fingerprint scanner or the rear-mounted pulse sensor. The device will run Android 4.4 KitKat, with Samsung’s additions on top.
If these specs pan out, the S5 mini will be decidedly mid-range, and for this category of devices, pricing is crucial. Last year, the Galaxy S4 mini was overpriced for what it had to offer, but Samsung might change its strategy now that the Moto G and the Xperia Z1 Compact provide strong competition at both ends of the price scale. As for availability, previous rumors pegged a Galaxy S5 mini release in June.