SAMSUNG HAS ANNOUNCED that the Galaxy S5 Mini, its not-so-small Galaxy S5 alternative, will arrive in the UK on 7 August.
The last we heard, the Galaxy S5 Mini was set to start shipping in "late July", but Samsung announced on Thursday that it will start shipping in one week on 7 August. The firm has yet to cough on pricing, but said that the phone will be available from its own stores and Carphone Warehouse.
While Samsung has yet to reveal pricing details, UK retailer Clove was quick to start taking pre-orders for the handset, confirming its £360 price. The handset has yet to go up for pre-order on pay monthly tariffs, but mobiles.co.uk has told The INQUIRER that it likely will fetch "around £23 [to] £27 per month, with 500 minutes and between 500MB [and] 1GB of data".
The Galaxy S5 Mini was announced at the beginning of this month as a cheaper, smaller alternative to the flagship Galaxy S5. However, with a 4.5in 720x1280 resolution screen, and dimensions of 131x65x9.1mm, it's in fact not actually very small.
Still, following in the footsteps of its flagship sibling, the Galaxy S5 Mini has a perforated plastic design complete with IP67 certification, and houses a heart rate sensor in its rear casing. Much like the Galaxy S5, there's also a fingerprint scanner in the handset's home button.
Under the bonnet there's a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a 2,100mAh battery, which Samsung claims will offer 21 hours of talk time.
Beyond that, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini features Google's Android 4.4.2 Kitkat mobile operating system skinned with Samsung's Touchwiz user interface, dual 8MP and 2.1MP cameras, 4G LTE support, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. µ