SAMSUNG HAS ANNOUNCED the long-rumoured Galaxy S5 Mini smartphone, which follows in the footsteps of its bigger brother with a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and IP67 certification.
Much like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini isn't very miniature. The handset has a 4.5in 720x1280 resolution Super AMOLED screen and measures in at 131x65x9.1mm.
The Galaxy S5 Mini's casing features the same perforated plastic design as the flagship Galaxy S5, and it will be available in the same black, white, blue and gold colour options. Despite launching as a more affordable alternative to Samsung's top-end smartphone, the Galaxy S5 Mini boasts the same IP67 certification making it resistant against water and dust, and the same fingerprint scanner.
Samsung UK marketing director Ines Van Gennip said, "If you're someone who wants a stylish, smaller smartphone without having to compromise on the latest features and technology, then look no further than the Galaxy S5 mini.
"As with our previous 'mini' devices, this latest incarnation combines the iconic design and essential features of the Galaxy S5 with a sleek and compact body. A larger screen might not work for everyone, so the Galaxy S5 mini is great for anyone after a smartphone that they can more easily slip into their pocket or bag."
The Galaxy S5 Mini also arrives running Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, which Samsung has skinned with its own user interface. This equips the phone with features such as Samsung's battery saving mode and S Health app, which makes use of the handsets heart rate monitor.
Beyond that, the Galaxy S5 Mini touts a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, dual 8MP and 2.1MP cameras, 4G LTE support and a 2,100mAh battery.
Samsung has yet to announce UK pricing and availability details, but according to yesterday's rumours, the Galaxy S5 Mini will arrive on shelves in mid-July. µ