Samsung has announced the 4G-ready Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller version of its flagship S5 - but with the same design, an HD screen, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor and more, is there still a reason to pay more for the bigger phone? We’ve compared the two to find out.
Galaxy S5 Mini vs Galaxy S5: Design, size and weight
At first glance the two phones are almost identical. Ignoring size for a moment, the S5 and S5 Mini both have plastic bodies with glass on the front, a fake chrome bezel around all four sides, and a soft-touch plastic back with a dimpled finish stamped into it.
Both phones are IP67 rated, which means they are resistant to water and dust; don’t go swimming with them, but a quick drop in a puddle or your pint will seem no harm. This of course means both have flaps covering their microUSB port, although the headphone jacks manage to stay dry thanks to a special coating.
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The real difference of course in their size. The regular S5 measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and weighs 145g. Meanwhile, the S5 Mini has a smaller footprint - 121.1 x 64.8mm - and is lighter - 120g - but at 9.1mm is one millimeter thicker.
Galaxy S5 Mini vs Galaxy S5: Display
The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, compared to the S5 Mini, which measures 4.5 inches and has a standard HD resolution of 1280 x 720, but retains the same AMOLED technology to make colours bright and bold.
Galaxy S5 Mini vs Galaxy S5: Camera
This is often where smaller version of flagship phones fall down, and on first inspection the Galaxy S5 Mini is no exception. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera which offers half the resolution of the 16mp Galaxy S5, while the front-facer of the Mini is slightly better at 2.1mp compared to the S5’s 2mp, although you’re unlikely to spot such a small difference.
Both phones offer an LED rear flash, but with its larger resolution and individual pixel size, we expect the S5 to produce significantly better results.
Galaxy S5 Mini vs Galaxy S5: Features
Surprisingly, Samsung hasn’t stripped the Galaxy S5 Mini of made the S5 stand out from the crowd. This means both phones have a fingerprint scanner on their Home button. Swipe your finger or thumb over the button to unlock the phone instead of entering a PIN or password. Both phones also have a heart rate monitor on the back, used to take your pulse and sync this data with the included S Health app. Thsi app also means both phones can share health and fitness data with Samsung’s Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches, sold separately.
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There’s also a Kids Mode and Private Mode on each phone to keep some apps and data hidden from view, and both handsets have Ultra Power Saving mode, which limits what the phone can do when the battery is running out of charge.
Galaxy S5 Mini vs Galaxy S5: Processor, RAM and Storage
The Galaxy S5 is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, while the S5 Mini has a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. We’re disappointed that Samsung hasn’t taken the Sony route of offering the same processor and performance in its flagship and smaller model, but the S5 Mini still sounds like a hugely competent handset - but of course the proof will be in the pudding and we look forward to bringing you a full review soon.
As for storage, both phones offer 16GB, and although they both have microSD card slots to increase this, the S5 Mini can only accept cards of up to l64GB, compared to 128GB in the full-size S5.
Finally, the S5 Mini has a 2,100mAh battery, compared to the S5’s 2,800mAh - but with a less powerful processor and lower resolution screen, their battery life should be near identical.
Galaxy S5 Mini vs Galaxy S5: Price
Samsung is yet to announce a price for the S5 Mini, but if the S4 Mini from last year is anything to go by, then we expect to see a SIM-free price of around £350, compared to the S5’s original retail price of around £550. We’ll find out for sure what the Mini goes on sale in July.