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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini release date tipped for mid-July

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini release date could be scheduled for mid-July, if the latest reports are correct.

Samsung has released a brand new flagship and subsequently a “mini” version of said flagship like clockwork every year, and it looks like this year will be no different.

According to Sammobile sources, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini release date has been pencilled in for mid-July with the Samsung Galaxy S5 variant going on sale simultaneously across the world.

This would be around the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini went on sale last year and gives a small break between when the flagship Galaxy S5 was released in early April.

Unlike the S4 mini though, leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini features will be more in-line with its flagship brother.

Rumour has it that the Galaxy S5 mini will come with a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, upgrading the rather disappointing qHD S4 mini screen.

It will apparently run on an as yet unannounced 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 3 Quad processor with 1.5GB of RAM and offer the Ultra Power Saving Mode offered by the S5.

In the rear it is expected to feature an 8-megapixel camera partnered with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing option for video calls. Plus you’ll get the usual 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, IR Blaster, NFC and GPS connectivity options.

What’s also interesting is that the Galaxy S5 mini should also offer the same fingerprint and heart rate sensors as the flagship, along with the IP67 water and dust resistant certification.

It should also benefit from Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with the latest Samsung Touchwiz UI, which brings software features like Private Mode and Kids Mode among others.

Sadly, it still looks like Samsung’s mid-range flagship alternative won’t be able to compare to the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which packed flagship specs into a mid-range, smaller screened smartphone, but has definitely made some big improvements over the S4 mini.

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