CNET First Look
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini flaunts flagship looks and compact bodyThe Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has a near identical design to the flagship S5, but comes in a much more comfortable smaller size. Check out our video review of this pocketable phone.
[MUSIC] Samsung made mini versions of the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4, so it was no surprise when this chap, the S 5 mini, came along. It is very easy to spot the family resemblance between the S5 mini and the full sized model as the mini has the same dimpled rubberized back, metallic edging and the camera on the back with high rate sensible layer. It's waterproof too which helps keep it safe from spilled drinks. With a 4.5 inch screen, it's quite a lot smaller than the standard S5 which makes it very comfortable to use in one hand. The display has a 720p resolution, which is crisp, bright, and bold enough to do YouTube clips and Netflix shows justice. It runs Android 4.4.2 kit kat, over which something has put it's touch with interface. I'm not backing on touch with as it's so full of tweekable settings. But it can be very complicated to use, particularly if you're not very familiar with Android. It's powered by a 1.4 gigahertz quad core processor. Which is powerful enough to tackle most thing you're likely to want to do. The back of the phone is where you'll find the camera, which is an eight mexapixel affair, rather than the 16 megapixels you'll get on the S5. It takes some good shots. Although features like always on HDR and 4K video shooting are absent from the mini. As it did with the S4 mini and S3 mini before, 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. As a mid range phone it's not bad however, if you simply want the Samsung name on a phone that's easy to use in one hand, you are well cated for it with the S5 Mini, just don't expect the same all around performance as the full size model. I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNet and this is the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini.