The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will go on sale in the UK on 7 August, the company has announced.
A scaled down version of the flagship Galaxy S5, the S5 Mini has a smaller screen and less powerful processor, but features the same design as its bigger brother, plus the same heart rate monitor tied into the S Health fitness app and fingerprint scanner for extra security.
The Galaxy S5 Mini will enter a growing market of pint-size handsets, including the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and HTC One mini 2. Samsung has replaced the S5’s quad-core 2.5GHz processor with a 1.4GH chip, while the rear camera has had its resolution slashed from 16-megapixel to eight.
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The display is down from 5.1-inch to 4.5in, RAM is down marginally from 2GB to 1.5GB and internal storage remains the same at 16GB (plus a microSD card to add up to 128GB more). The S5 Mini retains the same level of dust- and waterproofing as seen on the larger model.
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Samsung is yet to announce a price for the S5 Mini, but online retailer Clove has the handset listed for £360 - a sizeable chunk of cash for a phone with mid-range specifications.
It could be a busy few days for Samsung, as the company is tipped to announce the Galaxy Alpha - a smaller but more premium version of the S5 - on 4 August.