Samsung may have only just launched its flagship Galaxy S5, but already fans are discussing the next spin off smartphone in the shape of the Galaxy S5 Mini.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was launched just two months about its bigger brother, so can we expect the same from the S5 Mini? And what exciting new features will the S5 Mini boast?
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Traditionally, ‘mini’ smartphones feature severely cut back specs compared to their flagship bigger brothers such as the Galaxy S3 or S4. However, with the introduction of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact in January this year, has the ‘mini’ market been changed for the better?
The Xperia Z1 Compact, despite being smaller than the original Z1, features many of the same specs under the hood, including a 20.7 megapixel camera and quad-core 2.2GHz processor. In fact, the only major contrast between the two devices is the 0.7-inch difference in size.
So, will the Samsung galaxy S5 Mini follow the Xperia Z1 Compact in the same way, revealing a top spec, premium smartphone, just in a miniature body? We know that the Samsung smartphone will have a 4.5-inch screen, so fingers crossed it will have some impressive specs to boot.
What will the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini feature?
So now we have seen the game changing Galaxy S5, what features can we expect to see transferring to the S5 Mini?
A mini fingerprint scanner?
The all singing all dancing feature we spotted on the Samsung Galaxy S5 was its fingerprint scanner built into the home button. It was the iPhone 5s that kicked off this trend, but now it seems that the world has gone crazy for a slice of this finger-scanning technology.
And whilst Apple didn’t include its Touch ID on the slightly cheaper iPhone 5c model, could Samsung stretch the boundaries by launching the world’s first ever miniature smartphone with built in fingerprint scanner?
A less than mini 16MP camera?
The Galaxy S4 Mini sported a somewhat downgraded 8 megapixel camera, whilst the S3 Mini offered just a 5 megapixel rear facing lens compared to their respective 13MP and 8MP big brothers.
So the question on everyone’s lips is whether Samsung will continue in this streak, or will it instead follow Sony’s footsteps and launch an impressive 16 megapixel camera on the S5 Mini?
Based on the Z1 Compact’s success, it would seem that fans are calling for a smaller-screened smartphone which boasts all of the same power, camera specs and features as a premium, top level smartphone. However, rumours suggest that the S5 Mini will feature just an 8MP camera, which could spell out disappointment for Samsung fans hankering for more.
A Samsung heart rate sensor?
Another focus of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is fitness and wellbeing. We saw S Health launched on the S4, but the S5 took it one step further, adding an in-built heart rate sensor into the device.
With our smartphones becoming our everyday companions that we couldn’t do without, surely the Galaxy S5 will sport the same health and fitness tracking features? In time the S5 Mini could work in conjunction with Samsung’s range of smartwatches, allowing you to access your smartphone straight from your wrist!
It’s almost a given that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will boast Android’s latest update, KitKat. However, the S5 Mini rumours we have spotted so far also suggest that the device will be centred around Samsung’s My Magazine.
Although this feature is nothing we’ve not seen before, My Magazine was previously hidden away as an app on the Galaxy S4. But we expect the S5 Mini, just like the S5, to make up part of the smartphone’s home screen, in a similar way to HTC’s BlinkFeed on the HTC One M8.
Want to learn more? Check out our take on the new features of HTC BlinkFeed on the One M8.
My Magazine is essentially a live feed of articles, social media posts and photos, customisable to each user. It’s a great feature which allows you to explore interesting news and your friends’ updates without having to launch separate apps.
Rumour has is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini release date will be towards June rather than May, as we saw with the S4 Mini.
We are also expecting the miniature smartphone to come with an equally miniature price tag of around £350-£400, which is considerably smaller than the S5.