Galaxy S5 Mini arrives with fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, and 4.5-inch display

Surprising absolutely no-one, Samsung has launched the Galaxy S5 Mini, a shrunken down version of the Galaxy S5. Rumors have been gathering about the device since the S5’s introduction during Mobile World Congress, but now we have the official word on its shape and specs from Samsung itself.

Like previous Galaxy S Mini phones, it takes much of its design inspiration from its big brother. Here, that means a perforated rear panel, which Samsung says adds style and has an easy to grip surface, plus the same bevelled edging. The S5 introduced a fingerprint scanner and a heart rate monitor, and these two standout new features are also fitted to the S5 Mini. The heart rate monitor is also joined by the S Health app, which comes pre-installed on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

Samsung has opted for a 4.5-inch, Super AMOLED touchscreen on the S5 Mini, which is just over half-an-inch smaller than the Galaxy S5’s display. The resolution is 1280 x 720, which matches its direct competition, including the LG G2 Mini, and the HTC One Mini 2. The camera has 8-megapixels on the rear, along with an LED flash, while the front camera has 2.1-megapixels.

Powering the S5 Mini is an unnamed quad-core, 1.4GHz processor with 1.5GB of RAM, plus there’s 16GB of internal storage, and a MicroSD card slot too. Both a 3G and a 4G LTE model will be released, the latter also coming with NFC. The S5 Mini meets IP67 standards for water and dust resistance, comes with a 2100mAh battery, Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode to extend the battery life, and will be sold in a selection of colors.

Russia will be first to get the Galaxy S5 Mini, and it should be on sale very soon, but Samsung also promises the phone will eventually make its way to most other countries around the world.

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