Galaxy S5 Mini Review with Newest Galaxy F and iOS 7.1.2 Leaks

Recently, the tech world has been overwhelmed with new releases, bug fixes, updates and intriguing technical aspects. One of the most important might be Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Mini smartphone, which is being released this mid-July. The release date was scheduled exactly as expected, since the South Korean tech giant released its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, around this time last year.

Since the purpose of the “Mini” version is to be a cheaper version of the original, we expected more changes in the handset’s specs. Instead, Samsung kept most of the characteristics we already saw in the Galaxy S5 (even the smaller features like the heart rate monitor and finger print scanner). We did notice differences between the two smartphones in hardware, camera and display details.

The Galaxy S5 Mini is equipped with a Super AMOLED display that measures 4.5 inches which comes with HD (720p) quality. As for size and weight, the device presents the dimensions: 131.1  64.8 x 9.1 mm and weighs 120 g.

The processor that powers the handset is a quad core working at 1.4 GHz. The chipset model is not yet specified. As for RAM, we see that the device features 1.5 GB of RAM. The battery housed by the Galaxy S5 Mini has a capacity of 2100 mAh. What is interesting is that the smartphone kept the Ultra Power Saving mode feature we saw in the original.

As for exterior features, the device has waterproof and dust resistant capabilities certified by IP67. The primary camera on the handset has 8 MP, while the secondary camera has 2.1 MP. The aspect which is most interesting about the “Mini” version is the price – which is expected to be placed around $550.00. To have a better understanding of the price difference, find out that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced around $649.00.

Other releases from Samsung would be: the Galaxy Core II, the Galaxy Ace 4, Galaxy Young 2 and the Galaxy Star 2. All these devices run on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

 There has also been a leak about the oh-so-talked-about Galaxy F handset.

In other news, the operating system from Apple, iOS, had received a small update: iOS 7.1.2. The iOS 7.1.1 was reported to have a glitch in the email attachment encryption, which Apple made sure to fix with this new update. The iOS 7.1.2 doesn’t have any major changes, being mainly released for the main purpose of fixing this bug everyone had complained about.

The company also scheduled a testing period for developers to make sure the update won’t bring more problems than fixes. On top of the email attachment glitch being fixed, the update also repaired a small problem with the iMessage feature.

This probably won’t come as a surprise, but there have been even more rumors about the iPhone 6 and what features we’ll see with the new handset. There has been a lot of talk especially about the curved screen idea that people are expecting with the new Apple smartphone, as well as an Apple logo that will glow (similar to the one we see on a Macbook).

The Android KitKat update has been hitting a lot of devices from all kind of companies. For example, Asus announced the update available on July 1st for the PadFone 2. LG also made a statement about the update coming for the Optimus G Pro Lite, G Pro, L7 II and G. Other devices that are getting this operating system are HTC One and One M8 and Motorola’s Moto G. Even the Gionee Elife S5.5 has been introduced to the OS, but surprisingly, the Galaxy S3 from Samsung isn’t getting the update.

We find out from LG that the G3 Prime smartphone will have Bluetooth SIG cleared, but no talk about the release date – it doesn’t seem that we’ll see the device for quite some time.

On the other hand, there has been a lot of fuss about Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact handsets, people speculating that the two devices will be released in the fall of this year.

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