Samsung has been pretty consistent in churning out “mini” versions of their flagship phones, starting with the Galaxy S3 Mini which launched in October 2012. This year’s Galaxy S5 Mini follows in that tradition, announced publicly a couple of weeks back, and is now available for pre-order in Europe – specifically the UK and in Poland.

The announcement that the Galaxy S5 Mini would now be available in UK came right after the phone was made public. As of today, it was also announced that the device would now be available for pre-order also in Poland, with other countries in Europe possibly following suit soon. Europe has traditionally been a good market for these Samsung flagship “minis”, with the people having a tendency to opt for smaller but no less powerful devices.

The Galaxy S5 Mini is definitely a big improvement from the S4 Mini last year, retaining a number of high-profile features of its larger and more illustrious flagship predecessor. The S5 Mini the heart rate monitor set at the back of the device and the home button doubling as a fingerprint sensor. It is even very close in aesthetics to its larger cousin, up to the textured back cover that Galaxy S5 fans have often spoke well of.

Both LTE and non-LTE variants of the Galaxy S5 Mini will be powered by the Exynos 3470 chip, made by Samsung’s in-house SoC manufacturers Exynos who are making a return to the European market after being dominated by Qualcomm Snapdragon and NVIDIA Tegra chips in the region. The device will have a 1280×720 HD Super-AMOLED display, an 8MP rear camera, 16GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM. Check out the pre-order pages at the source links. The mini flagship carries around a price tag of $625 – $630, easily making it the most expensive of the current batch of minis.

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