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8 things you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
- Mini phone doesn’t mean a mini-screen
Last we checked, a 4.5-inch screen was not all that small. Here are some things it is bigger than: an iPhone 5S (4-inch), an S4 mini (4.27-inches) and a Mars Bar (3.7-inches). Not only is that plenty big enough for typing, browsing, messaging and watching films, it also means your handset weighs in at just 120g. That’s the same weight as a box of Maltesers – and you know how light they are.
- It’s got a lot of power under the hood
The S5 Mini comes with a quad-core processor – that’s tech speak for the fact that it will be able to handle complex apps, games and video without crashing or juddering, and switching between apps should be quick and smooth.
- It’s stylish and strong
Not only does the S5 Mini look as snazzy as its bigger sibling, it also rocks the same sturdiness of the Galaxy S5. It’s both water and dust resistant so you can use the handset in the kitchen without worrying about liquids and crumbs ruining your phone. You can also immerse it in a metre of water for half an hour without causing any damage.
- It’ll keep you fit and healthy
With a built-in heart rate sensor and Samsung’s own S Health app, the S5 Mini will help keep track of your fitness regime – it’ll also pair easily with the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches for more accurate data. There’ll be no excuse for being out of shape. Meet more tech that wants to get your fit here.
- You probably already know how to use it
The S5 Mini comes with the most up-to-date Android version available, known as KitKat. It comes with Samsung’s own Touchwiz overlay so if you’ve ever used a Samsung Android phone or tablet before, it should all be really familiar. If not, it’s simple and sensibly laid out so it won’t take long to get to grips with.
- It’ll banish blurry selfies
If you’re a selfie-taker or a video-caller, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Samsung has given the S5 Mini’s front-facing camera a boost up to 2.1 megapixels. That should mean better quality snaps even if your duck face needs a bit of work.
- You can go further on a single charge
To help get the most out of your battery, Samsung has created something called Ultra Power Saving mode. The company reckons you can get 24 hours of life out of just 10% battery using this setting, which basically switches off all the non-essential functions of the S5 Mini and turn the display to grey-scale. That leaves the remaining power to let you make urgent calls and read messages.
- Its fingerprint scanner can make easy, secure mobile payments
The S5 Mini comes with a fingerprint scanner, which not only lets you make like a superhero by unlocking the phone with your digits, but also means you can make PayPal payments quickly and securely with just a simple swipe.
Will you be picking up a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini? Or do you prefer a bigger phone? Let us know in the comments below or by replying to us on Twitter @O2.