With the Galaxy K Zoom and Galaxy S5 Active now official, all that’s left to wait for is the Galaxy S5 Mini. And if these latest leaked bits are any indicator, then the miniature version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 might indeed be something to wait for.
Compared to the Galaxy S 4, the Galaxy S4 Mini was an unsurprisingly low-powered version of the flagship. While the picture of the Galaxy S5 Mini painted by this recent leak does point at something similar, it seems that Samsung will be throwing in just a bit more. Outside, the Galaxy S5 Mini does bear a resemblance to current flagship, down to the perforated “band aid” back cover design. It does have a rubber gasket beneath that rear cover, but the lack of a flap to protect the micro USB port seems to point towards a lower water resistance rating. But quite noticeable in the photo is the presence of the heart rate sensor at the back, a feature that debuted on the Galaxy S5. There is also evidence of a fingerprint scanner, a feature that the Galaxy S5 Active gave up for more rugged physical buttons.
Inside, Samsung definitely revamped the hardware, but not drastically so. The 4.5-inch display is at least still capable of 720p resolutions. There might be no Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 here, but at least you get a new and still unannounced Exynos 3 Quad running at 1.4 GHz and a 450 MHz Mali-400 GPU. There is that odd 1.5 GB RAM configuration as well. The rear camera is capped at 8 megapixels while the front one at 2.1 megapixels. The smartphone is believed to be running Android 4.4 and will also include some of the Galaxy S5’s unique features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode, and Kids Mode, among other things.
There is still no word, leak, nor rumor about a probably announcement date for the Galaxy S5 Mini, though that shouldn’t be long now since the camera smartphone and rugged variants of the Samsung flagship are now out of the way.