Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 12.1 days standby time, 1260 minutes (2G), 600 minutes (3G).



One year ago, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini would have easily been a standard-sized smartphone.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 


Samsung has executed the hardware and software of this Galaxy remarkably well.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews summary

7.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

What's good

  • Clear, vibrant display
  • Respectable battery life
  • IP67 water resistance
  • MicroSD card support

What's bad

  • Frustrating fingerprint scanner
  • Plasticky design
  • Mid-tier performance
  • Weak low-light camera performance

With a smaller screen, slightly slower internals and a much lower price tag, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini hopes to dominate the mid-range market. But will it live up to the hype of its much-touted bigger sibling? Let’s take a look at the reviews and find out.

In many ways, the S5 Mini is simply a shrunken version of the S5. Trusted Reviews sums up the phone’s appearance well, stating, “The S5 Mini is every bit the spitting image of the S5.” The phone features a soft, dimpled back for excellent grip, tactile buttons, a chrome-like bezel and maintains the P67 water resistance of the full-size S5.

While not metal like some of the other choices in this price bracket, the phone’s grip and construction receives positive reviews. Most agree with Android Central, calling the phone’s design “Solid, but nothing special.”

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With a 4.5-inch, 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED display, the screen features the same pixel density as Apple’s Retina displays. Reviews all mentioned great outdoor visibility, snappy colors and crisp text. Trusted Reviews called it “a great screen” while TechRadar called it “impressive.”

One area where the S5 Mini differs from its larger predecessor is performance and internal specs. The phone features a quad-core 1.4GHZ processor and 1.5GB of RAM. Reviews were consistent with Android Central saying, “It's fast enough as to not feel slow, but there's a tangible difference compared to the top-level Android phones of the moment.”

Unfortunately, when really pushed, the phone appears to expose a bit of its weakness. TechRadar says, “The lack of flagship power becomes more apparent when you fire up more intensive apps.” However, all reviews agree that the phone has plenty of power for most users and average day-to-day tasks.

Fortunately, there does appear to be a benefit in scaling back the performance. Battery life on the device rates as the best in its class. Most reviewers noted exceptional battery life with CNet predicting, “If you're fairly careful with your usage you should be able to get a day out of it.” Should you need to charge your phone during the day, TechRadar found that an hour of charge time offered nearly 50-percent of a charge.

The S5 Mini’s 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP front-facing cameras were received generally well. Reviews noted a muddled appearance to low-light shots but found outdoor and well-lit shots to be detailed and crisp. Android Central called the camera a “competent mid-range shooter.”

Other features of the phone include support for microSD cards and a built-in heart monitor that powers the extensive S Health fitness app suite.

There were a two concerns listed in most reviews. Both TechRadar and Android Central feel that the phone is price slightly higher than it should be compared to its competition. Also, the fingerprint scanner on the phone is just as finicky as the scanner on the S5 with Trusted Reviews calling it “a hit and miss affair.”

Overall, Android Central sums up reviews well when they say, “If you place value on features, you'll find plenty to like here.”


Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Versus

Another slight improvement

from Digital Versus

The Samsung S Mini improves year upon year. The Galaxy S5 Mini has improved on its predecessor's performance in almost every respect. It has excellent fluidity and responsiveness, a stand-out battery life and even takes good-quality photos and videos. While it also costs less than its predecessor...More

The Samsung S Mini improves year upon year. The Galaxy S5 Mini has improved on its predecessor's performance in almost every respect. It has excellent fluidity and responsiveness, a stand-out battery life and even takes good-quality photos and videos. While it also costs less than its predecessor, it's still a fair bit more than its "low-cost" competitors.

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Pocket-lint

Mini not mighty

from Pocket-lint

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a respectable handset that offers ample speed, a bright and colorful screen and good battery life. What lets it down is the build quality, which is chunky and plastic.

A year ago this phone would have been a really impressive mid-range handset, but now with more competition on the market - notably the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and, for a bit more money, the larger Motorola Moto X - it struggles to appeal as much...

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is a respectable handset that offers ample speed, a bright and colorful screen and good battery life. What lets it down is the build quality, which is chunky and plastic.

A year ago this phone would have been a really impressive mid-range handset, but now with more competition on the market - notably the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and, for a bit more money, the larger Motorola Moto X - it struggles to appeal as much.

Sure, Samsung has crammed the S5 mini with impressive features such as waterproofing, a fingerprint reader and heart-rate monitor - but how often will those actually get used? The heart-rate monitor in particular is no stand-in for the likes of Samsung's Gear Live or Gear Fit, one of which you'll likely want to get the most out of the built-in S Health feature.

The S5 mini is a more affordable way to get Samsung's latest features and, of course, offers those in a more portable package than the larger-screen direction most of the flagships are headed. It's mini, but with the build quality and changing marketplace it's not as mighty this time around. 

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Android Authority

Great camera experience, good screen, and flagship hardware features

from Android Authority

The Galaxy S5 Mini gives you LTE connectivity, decent performance, a great camera experience, and hardware features that include a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner. Everything is packed into a body that is more compact, but otherwise very similar to the Galaxy S5.

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The Galaxy S5 Mini gives you LTE connectivity, decent performance, a great camera experience, and hardware features that include a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner. Everything is packed into a body that is more compact, but otherwise very similar to the Galaxy S5.

If you’re in the market for a solid mid-ranger with all the hardware features of Samsung’s flagship devices, the Galaxy S5 Mini is the one for you. 

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Cnet

Flagship Samsung style in a more comfy, but less powerful, form

from Cnet

As it did with the S4 Mini and S3 Mini before it, Samsung has taken its flagship phone, watered down all of its specs, but kept the name of the top model. Those of you looking for elite specs in a more comfortable form will be disappointed. Instead, I suggest waiting a few weeks for more info on Sony's just announced Xperia Z3 Compact, which packs the same top kit as its brother, only in a smaller size. We'll be reviewing it soon...

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As it did with the S4 Mini and S3 Mini before it, Samsung has taken its flagship phone, watered down all of its specs, but kept the name of the top model. Those of you looking for elite specs in a more comfortable form will be disappointed. Instead, I suggest waiting a few weeks for more info on Sony's just announced Xperia Z3 Compact, which packs the same top kit as its brother, only in a smaller size. We'll be reviewing it soon.

That's not to say the S5 Mini is a bad phone, though. Its screen is bright and bold, it has enough power for most things you're likely to want to do with it, its camera is decent and the water resistance will keep it safe from spilled drinks. If you want the Samsung name on a phone that's easy to use in one hand, you are well catered for with the S5 Mini. Just don't expect the same all-round performance as the full-size model. 

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uSwitch

Latest small smartie with impressive specs

from uSwitch

If you like the S5 but want something smaller, chances are you’ll love the S5 Mini. But it’s not without its faults.

There are plenty of compromises, its build quality isn’t going to win any awards, and some features still feel a bit ‘me too’.

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If you like the S5 but want something smaller, chances are you’ll love the S5 Mini. But it’s not without its faults.

There are plenty of compromises, its build quality isn’t going to win any awards, and some features still feel a bit ‘me too’.

But it’s a decent handset, and worth a look. We’d say the Xperia Z1 Compact is still king of the small smarties though, especially now it’s getting on a bit, and the price is coming down. 

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Recombu

Handles the basics with aplomb

from Recombu

All in all, the Galaxy S5 Mini is a decent phone and has a good go at reproducing the user experience offered by its bigger and more prestigious sibling.

When placed against other so-called 'Mini' spin-offs it fares well in terms of tech specs, however, there are a few devices out there not being pitched as scaled-down flagships that are possibly better all-rounders - the Motorola Moto G instantly springs to mind...

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All in all, the Galaxy S5 Mini is a decent phone and has a good go at reproducing the user experience offered by its bigger and more prestigious sibling.

When placed against other so-called 'Mini' spin-offs it fares well in terms of tech specs, however, there are a few devices out there not being pitched as scaled-down flagships that are possibly better all-rounders - the Motorola Moto G instantly springs to mind.

If you can look beyond the plastic build and bang average camera though, and aren't tempted to jump aboard the good ship Windows Phone by Nokia's recently announced mid-rangers, the Galaxy S5 Mini will see you right.  

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Know Your Mobile

Isn’t exactly the shrunken S5 we were hoping for

from Know Your Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is a good phone despite all the bits that aren’t quite as good as its bigger cousin. Screen, camera and processor power are all significantly diminished here.

They don’t dramatically reduce the overall experience for the more casual user, but the more hardcore amongst you have a right to stick your nose up, at least a bit...

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is a good phone despite all the bits that aren’t quite as good as its bigger cousin. Screen, camera and processor power are all significantly diminished here.

They don’t dramatically reduce the overall experience for the more casual user, but the more hardcore amongst you have a right to stick your nose up, at least a bit.

If the Galaxy S5 Mini was a little cheaper we’d have no issues with the alterations. However, now that the S5 isn’t hundreds more, I think Samsung could have priced this mobile phone a bit more competitively.

Why hasn’t it? You can blame the inclusion of fluffy extras like the heart rate sensor, the fingerprint scanner and IR blaster if you like. But the truth is that Samsung doesn’t really need to. Not with a brand like ‘Galaxy S5’ attached. 

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Computerworld

A great mid-range Android smartphone, but with equally slimmed-down specs

from Computerworld

Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 mini is a very decent Android phone. Our key concerns lie in its pricing and performance: while most users will find it more than fast enough for day-to-day tasks, the price tag is a lot higher than we'd like to pay in terms of what we get in return. The new dus...More

Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 mini is a very decent Android phone. Our key concerns lie in its pricing and performance: while most users will find it more than fast enough for day-to-day tasks, the price tag is a lot higher than we'd like to pay in terms of what we get in return. The new dust- and waterproof casing is a nice touch, but the S5 mini isn't as good-looking as the HTC One mini 2, while the heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner are welcome but not essential additions.

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TrustedReviews

A very good, smaller take on the S5

from TrustedReviews

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is the best mini Samsung has come up with so far. It’s made some big improvements on the S4 Mini particularly in the screen, battery and camera departments. It's not an automatic choice, though.

That's mainly because the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which is rumoured to be replaced by a Z2 Compact in the not too distant future, has a more powerful Snapdragon processor, a better camera and if you shop around can be bought for less. There's little to choose between this and the HTC One Mini 2 either, though the latter looks and feels slicker...

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is the best mini Samsung has come up with so far. It’s made some big improvements on the S4 Mini particularly in the screen, battery and camera departments. It's not an automatic choice, though.

That's mainly because the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which is rumoured to be replaced by a Z2 Compact in the not too distant future, has a more powerful Snapdragon processor, a better camera and if you shop around can be bought for less. There's little to choose between this and the HTC One Mini 2 either, though the latter looks and feels slicker.

If you're determined to go with Samsung and don't want a larger 5-inch phone this is a very good choice, but it's not the best. The honour goes to the Sony.

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Tech Advisor

A great little phone that's just too expensive

from Tech Advisor

Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 mini is a very decent Android phone. Our key concerns lie in its pricing and performance: while most users will find it more than fast enough for day-to-day tasks, the price tag is a lot higher than we'd like to pay in terms of what we get in return. The new dus...More

Like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the S5 mini is a very decent Android phone. Our key concerns lie in its pricing and performance: while most users will find it more than fast enough for day-to-day tasks, the price tag is a lot higher than we'd like to pay in terms of what we get in return. The new dust- and waterproof casing is a nice touch, but the S5 mini isn't as good-looking as the HTC One mini 2, while the heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner are welcome but not essential additions.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 31, 2014
Regions available United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1536 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.58 W/kg
Body: 0.57 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 660 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 660 minutes
3G Surfing Time 480 minutes
4G Surfing Time 480 minutes
Talk Time 1260 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 12.1 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 6.5 x 0.9 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Exposure Value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-G800F

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

Additional Sensors
- Finger Scanner
- Heart rate sensor

Additional Features
- Ultra Power Saving mode
- S Health
- Private Mode/Kids Mode
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