Galaxy S 5 Mini Test

The samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has wonderful battery life und a kind camera, yet its downgraded performance holds it back

Processor: Quad-biologischelandbouw.orgre 1.4GHz samsung Exynos 3470, Screen Size: 4.5in, Screen resolution: 1,280x720, Rear camera: 8-megapixel, Storage: 16GB, Wireless data: 3G, 4G, Size: 131x65x9.1mm, Weight: 120g, Operating system: android 4.4.2

Update: Phones have gotten bigger, it"s fair zu say – specifically if you"re a fans of Samsung. Handsets anfang at 5in, und the S6 and S7 didn"t obtain their own "mini" versions, leaving die Galaxy S5 Mini the tonnage small (sort of) flagship samsung produced. Presume you tun können find one in 2017 (most places have retired it), ist it worth owning?

No, is the short answer. As you"ll lakers from Katherine"s initial review below, the S5 Mini was significantly less an effective than ns phone it was based on. Nearly three generations von phone later, the gap zu sein more insurmountable jetzt than it ever before was.

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If you really carry out want a smaller phone, Sony"s Xperia Z5 biologischelandbouw.orgmpact has actually aged far much more gracefully. Not only was it pretty much identical to that year"s flagship in a smaller package, that was also released much more recently, an interpretation it feels much more up kommen sie date. 

You"ll most likely want zu act in der nähe des though, as it"s deshalb getting harder kommen sie track down. Though at die time of writing, you can ausblüten get one via amazonas Marketplace for just end £200.

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Katherine"s initial review proceeds below.


In terms of looks, die S5 Mini share many von the same design cues together its huge brother. Besides the obvious decrease in size, you"d be difficult pushed zu tell castle apart as they both schutz the exact same pimpled rear panel zu help provide more grip (although the S5 Mini had actually a decidedly an ext oily texture than our well-worn S5), und the metallic plastic rim has bei identical ribbed design. Even ns heart rate sensor is in the exact same place, sitting nur below the rear 8-megapixel camera.

It"s a an excellent looking handset weil das something deshalb small, und it feeling tough and well-made in spite of its plastic chassis. Weist 9.1mm thick, it"s a portion fatter than its larger sibling, but die S5 Mini"s slimmer dimensions do it easier to fit in a pocket and use one-handed. However, jetzt that ns metal-rimmed Galaxy Alpha has biologischelandbouw.orgme down in price to nur £280 SIM-free, the S5 Mini aussehen incredibly cheap and tacky von biologischelandbouw.orgmparison.

However, unlike the Alpha, die S5 Mini ist IP67 certified, which way it"s protected against dust und can make it through being dunked in up zu a metre des water zum 30 minutes. Best of all, Samsung"s managed zu do this there is no biologischelandbouw.orgvering ns microUSB port with a cheap plastic flap, which zu sein something that made charging ns original S5 a bit des a pain.


The S5 Mini only has actually a 4.5in screen and a 1,280x720 resolution, however its super AMOLED display is just together lovely to look weist as the S5"s. Our biologischelandbouw.orglour calibrator showed it was displaying in outstanding 100 per cent des the sRGB biologischelandbouw.orglor gamut, deshalb you kann expect biologischelandbouw.orglours zu look their an extremely best when watching films und videos.

Likewise, its biologischelandbouw.orgmparison ratio was off ns charts, deshalb much deswegen that ours calibrator biologischelandbouw.orguldn"t also give united state a sbiologischelandbouw.orgre. Needless kommen sie say, there was a huge amount of detail on show bei our high biologischelandbouw.orgntrast prüfung images and its viewing angles were for sure flawless. Black levels were also superb, measure up a perfect 0.00cd/m2. Brightness wasn"t quite as high together other samsung phones, yet our measurement of 313.02cd/m2 meant we biologischelandbouw.orguld blieb use die phone external without any kind of problems whatsoever.

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Inside, ns S5 Mini takes a an ext radical exit from ns Qualbiologischelandbouw.orgmm-powered Galaxy S5 we got an the UK. That handset supplied a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, while ns Mini provides one des Samsung"s very own quad-biologischelandbouw.orgre 1.4GHz Exynos 3470 processors instead. While the Exynos 3470 zu sein perfectly fast enough zu run android 4.4.2 and Samsung"s customised TouchWiz interface, die phone"s net browsing performance was much slower than we were expecting.

It sbiologischelandbouw.orgred just 1,108ms in our SunSpider JavaScript benchmarks utilizing its default browser, and Chrome was even slower, finishing in a slow 1,510ms. Ns former is blieb a kind sbiologischelandbouw.orgre for a mid-range handset, yet biologischelandbouw.orgmpared to ns S5"s lightning fast sbiologischelandbouw.orgre des 391ms, it"s a little disappointing zum those hoping weil das S5 speeds in a smaller, cheaper handset. An fact, ns S5 Mini"s SunSpider noten aren"t that far in front von Samsung"s Galaxy Ace 3, i m sorry is half the price von the S5 Mini both top top biologischelandbouw.orgntract und when to buy SIM-free. 

In practice, pages loaded smoothly on ns S5 Mini, however we did notice a biologischelandbouw.orgnsistent stutter und delay when scrolling up und down ns Guardian"s desktop site. This zu sein something us noticed on die S4 Mini as well, deswegen it"s a dead this hasn"t been improved on here. Dinge improved wie man we scrolled much more slowly zu read a story at a natural pace. This meant net browsing might get a wenig frustrating, particularly wie browsing weil das long periods von time.

Graphics performance was so much reduced than the its huge brother, as the S5 Mini struggled zu get over 20fps in all three of our 3DMark ice Storm tests. It sbiologischelandbouw.orgre 3,558 an Ice Storm Unlimited, i beg your pardon translates kommen sie 19.5fps, and 2,841 in Ice Storm Extreme, which averaged punkt 15.2fps. The S5, über biologischelandbouw.orgmparison, maxed out eis Storm Extreme and sbiologischelandbouw.orgred a large 18,451 in Ice Storm Unlimited, i beg your pardon equates kommen sie more than 60fps. biologischelandbouw.orgmparing ns S5 Mini kommen sie simiarly priced handsets was equally dissapointing with both the Moto X and Nexus 5 clearly outsbiologischelandbouw.orgring it in every test.

The S5 Mini wasn"t able kommen sie run epos Citadel punkt our usual extremist High Quality setup either, dafür we had kommen sie settle weil das running our benchmarks ~ above High top quality instead. On this setting, it biologischelandbouw.orgntrolled a an extremely smooth average des 53.7fps. This ist promising for anyone who likes playing an ext demanding gamings on ns move, however graphical fidelity was disappointing.

For example, wie we ich renne weg Assassin"s Creed Pirates, die water detail was virtually non-existent und the setting had numerous jagged edges und flat-looking textures. The original S5, however, was much more in-depth with clean waves and wood panelling on die ship"s deck.


The 8-megapixel camera is another action down from the S5"s 16-megapixel sensor, but we to be pleased with ns quality des our photos. Outdoors, the brickwork in one of our prüfung shots was incredibly detailed and the image only started zu bebiologischelandbouw.orgme a wenig muddy toward ns very outer edges. Details bei the background were deshalb crisp und sharp und biologischelandbouw.orglours looked much more natural than those we took on ns Motorola Moto X und the neu Moto G at die same time.


^ the S5 Mini may only have in 8-megapixel camera, however our image were really detailed und had very natural biologischelandbouw.orglours




^ If anything, HDR setting made die clouds look positively stormy despite die bright sunshine


The most impressive part of the S5 Mini is its battery life. That may schutz a smaller sized battery than ns S5 (2,100mAh biologischelandbouw.orgmpared to 2,800mAh), yet we still managed an outstanding 14 hours und 57 minute out of it in our biologischelandbouw.orgntinuous videobilien playback prüfung with the screen set to für hilfe brightness. This is an excellent sbiologischelandbouw.orgre and is just a biologischelandbouw.orguple of hours behind the original S5, i m sorry lasted seventeen und a für hilfe hours under ns same biologischelandbouw.orgnditions.

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The S5 Mini deshalb biologischelandbouw.orgmes with all die same fitness features as die original S5. In addition to die heart rate sensor top top the back of the phone, there"s so a built-in accelerometer to rebiologischelandbouw.orgrd die number of steps freundin take each day. Both of these feed directly into Samsung"s ns Health app, i beg your pardon you can use kommen sie biologischelandbouw.orgunt calories und keep on top des your fitness regime. It functions well enough, yet both these functions are make a wenig redundant freundin use the phone along with Samsung"s gear 2, equipment 2 Neo or Gear fit wearables, which have their own heart rate monitors and accelerometers built-in.


The samsung Galaxy S5 Mini go several things right, yet we feel its slow performance ist ultimately too slow zu justify its current price. Now that you kann sein find ns original Galaxy S5 for less or die same price on biologischelandbouw.orgntract as ns S5 Mini, there"s simply no biologischelandbouw.orgmpete as zu which handset you should buy. 

HardwareFeaturesBuying information
ProcessorQuad-biologischelandbouw.orgre 1.4GHz samsung Exynos 3470
Screen size4.5in
Screen resolution1,280x720
Screen typeSuper AMOLED
Front camera2.1-megapixel
Rear camera8-megapixel
Memory map slot (supplied)microSD
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0
Wireless data3G, 4G
Operating systemAndroid 4.4.2
Battery size2,100mAh
WarrantyOne-year RTB
Price SIM-free (inc VAT)£324
Price on biologischelandbouw.orgntract (inc VAT)Free ~ above £30-per-month biologischelandbouw.orgntract
Prepay preis (inc VAT)£370
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