Three announces plans to for Galaxy S5 Mini

If you were waiting for the more compact version of Samsung’s flagship phone, it’s finally here.

Well it was here officially about a month ago, but now you can get it from UK mobile operator Three. They are offering would-be buyers the phone as part of various packages ranging in price.

If you want your S5 Mini unlocked and without an obligatory contract, you can get it from Three at £349.99.

Two features of the original Galaxy S5, launched in April this year (yeah I know it feels like it’s been around for years) which a number of reviewers were not happy with were its size and its price.

These two things are more or less addressed by the Galaxy S5 Mini in the same way the S4 Mini did for last year’s flagship phone. As we have mentioned you can get the S5’s smaller cousin for 350 pounds, which is about half the price the S5 entered the market with.

You might be thinking; for half the price do I get half the features? Surely something must give.

You’re right, you won’t get all the bells and whistles in the Galaxy S5, but the Mini is by no means half the phone its predecessor is.

The Mini is obviously smaller, which will be music to the ears longing for a high-performance phone they can slip into their pocket or handbag and travel with on the tube or bus without too much concern.

Instead of the 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, the S5 Mini has a 4.5-inch HD screen sporting a 720p resolution.

The smaller screen works well with the lower resolution though. Still speaking hardware, the S5 Mini runs on a 1.4 GHz processor which has nothing on the S5’s Snapdragon 801 processor which offers processing speeds of 2.5 GHz.

However, many features from the flagship smartphone have been preserved including the handy perforated plastic back cover which Samsung has been chastised for due to its uninspiring aesthetics.

Aesthetics aside, the heart rate sensor and fingerprint scanner of the S5 are found on the Mini.

Also maintained is the IP67 certification which means you can pour water on the phone and it will still live. Software-wise the two phones run the same Android Kitkat 4.4 platform.

You can have all these features for £349.99 or you could sign up for Three’s packages which range between £26 and £34 depending on how much data and talk time you want.

A tech/mobile fanatic, with over a decade of experience, now writing for mobilephonuser.co.uk
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