The latest trend of releasing a smaller and cheaper handset of the flagship variant of the company, has paid off for most smartphone manufacturers.
Samsung has been the leading company when it comes to smartphones and this trend has made the Korean giant release mini variants of its flagship device – the Galaxy S5 Mini. Find below a comparison review of how the Galaxy S5 Mini handset fares against its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 Mini handset.
The following comparison review might help you choose the better of the two phones – just in case you were planning to make an upgrade, or preparing to purchase a new phone.
Processor and Memory
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini handset comprises of Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual core CPU, clocked at 1.7GHz and coupled with a RAM of 1.5GB. In comparison, the Galaxy S5 Mini comprises of similar RAM power, but the processor is upgraded to quad core, running at a speed of 1.4GHz.
A small upgrade, but an upgrade nonetheless, which would provide enhanced performance to the potential user.
In terms of storage, the GS4 Mini offers 8GB of internal storage capacity. In comparison, the Galaxy S5 Mini offers the user 16GB of internal storage capacity, which is a definite upgrade. However, both the smartphones come equipped with an external storage microSD card slot for memory enhancement of up to 64GB.
Fingerprint Scanner and Heart Rate Monitor
The fingerprint scanner and the heart rate monitor, retained in the Galaxy S5 Mini handset, might allure you to consider the smartphone over the Galaxy S4 Mini variant.
In terms of additional hardware specs, both smartphones offer similar features such as Wi-Fi, NFC, 4G LTE support, IR Blaster, Bluetooth and GPS. However, certain variants of the GS4 Mini may not come equipped with the NFC feature.
Both the GS4 Mini and the GS5 Mini handsets come equipped with an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and auto focus features. Both smartphones have the ability to record Full HD video and offer additional features such as panorama and HDR.
However, the user facing camera of the GS5 Mini handset comes with a superior 2.1 MP sensor, as compared to the 1.9 MP sensor of the GS4 Mini handset. Regardless, both offer similar video quality at Full HD.
The GS4 Mini runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, upgradable to 4.4 KitKat OS. However, the GS5 Mini comes with pre-loaded KitKat OS along with state of the art version of TouchWiz user interface.
It must be borne in mind that the older variant has less chances of receiving an update with the latest software in near future. The Android L, which is most likely to arrive later this year, would have more chances to be updated to GS5 Mini, as compared to the GS4 mini handset.
Both the GS5 Mini and the GS4 Mini handsets come with a removable battery, but with an increased capacity on the latest version. The 2100mAh battery unit of the GS5 Mini, in comparison to the 1900mAh battery unit of the GS4 Mini handset, is expected to offer a better battery life. However, the higher resolution display along with heavy processor of the GS5 Mini handset, balances out in terms of overall battery life.