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Samsung has confirmed that the slightly smaller version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5 mini, will go on sale in the UK from August 7.
The device may be called ‘mini’ but it still offers a solid mid-range spec list, which includes a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, 1.4Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear. For comparison, the bigger brother S5 model comes with a 16-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM and a 2.5Ghz quad-core processor. The S5 mini does also offer the same fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, though.
The company said the S5 mini would go on sale in the UK from August 7 from “selected online and high street retailers, including Samsung Experience Stores and Carphone Warehouse”. UK pricing still hasn’t been confirmed.
The second handset, the Samsung Young 2, is an altogether more low-end Android affair designed to appeal to more youthful (and therefore, cash-strapped) buyers.
Spec-wise, the Young 2 includes a 1GHz single-core processor, 3-megapixel camera, 3.5-inch HVGA display, the most recent version of Android KitKat (4.4) and Samsung’s updated TouchWiz UI.
Samsung said that the Young 2 would go on sale in the week following the S5 mini, but again, pricing wasn’t revealed.
With declining smartphone sales and close competition in the low-to-mid range from the likes of the Moto E and similar devices, Samsung will need to step up its game if it wants to keep consumers interested.
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