A lot of growth in the high-end smartphone segment is primarily in the areas of screen size and processing speed.
The ever increasing competition for a flagship phone with a larger screen size has led to displays of around 5 inches or above, from major manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and HTC. On the contrary, this has led to demands for phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini that offer features similar to the Galaxy S4, but in a smaller format. After the success of the Galaxy S4 mini, Samsung recently announced their miniature version – Galaxy S5 Mini – of its current flagship, Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy S5 Mini sticks with the philosophies that made its predecessor highly successful. However, it also provides improvement in some aspects, like the 4.5 inch display, compared to the 4.3 inch display on the Galaxy S4 Mini. One also can enjoy the 720p resolution on offer, compared to the 540 x 960 pixels in the Galaxy S4 Mini. Some features, however, like the Super AMOLED technology continue to remain, without much changes and Samsung seem to be following the policy of retaining aspects that are highly popular.
The Super AMOLED technology continues to be the benchmark in terms of aspects like contrast ratio and saturation levels.
Owing to the water resistant and dust resistant features adopted on the Galaxy S5 Mini, the phone (120 g) weighs slightly higher than the Galaxy S4 Mini (107 g). This is a slight disadvantage considering that it has also borrowed the fingerprint recognition feature from the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S4 Mini, being more than 12 months old, does not offer these aspects. It also uses the older Gorilla Glass 2, to protect the display compared to the Gorilla Glass 3 used on the Galaxy S5 Mini.
Apart from cosmetic changes to the TouchWiz user interface, the two phones are extremely similar to operate. This is due to the powerful specs on offer in both the phones. However, the Galaxy S4 Mini can only cope with the performance of the Galaxy S5 Mini in limited areas. The dual core 1.7 GHz processor is no match for the quad core 1.4 GHz processor on the Galaxy S5 Mini. Some, however, may feel that the snapdragon processor used on the Galaxy S4 Mini is slightly more reliable than the Exynos chip used on the Galaxy S5 Mini.
Even though the bigger Galaxy S5 comes with 4K video recording, Samsung has decided to ditch this feature along with its 16 megapixel camera, in favor of the same eight megapixel camera that originally appeared on the Galaxy S4 Mini. This camera is not comparable with the cameras from high-end phones, but it does not offer just basic features. The ability to record full HD videos, to take panoramic pictures and should be pictures using the LED flash are all present on the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S5 Mini cameras.
The former costs around $219 while the Galaxy S5 Mini costs around $530.
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