Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini announced – but when will it be released in the UK?

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Samsung has announced another variation on the S5 – the S5 Mini. Read on for all of the details.

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The phone is said to contain all of the “essential” features from flagship S5, albeit in a more diminutive casing. This means that whilst shrinking down to a 4.5″ screen, the phone still contains the heart rate monitor, finger print scanner and support for Samsung’s Gear wearable range.

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The rest of the spec has taken a small hit: the processor is now quad core 1.4ghz (down from 2.5ghz in the S5 proper), and RAM has been cut from 2GB to 1.5GB. The rear camera is 8MP (down from 16MP) and the front remains at 2.1MP. Similarly, as you might expect due to the smaller screen, it now runs at a maximum of 720p, rather than 1080p.

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Happily though, the S5 will be retaining all of the software features: So it’ll run Android KitKat, have the useful Ultra Power Saving Mode and come with S Health.

UK availability hasn’t been announced by Samsung yet, though the phone is launching in Russia “early” this month with “global markets to follow”. Apparently it’ll be available in “Charcoal Black”, “Shimmery White”, “Electric Blue” and “Copper Gold”.

We’ll let you know when we hear more.

James O’Malley