Samsung has officially announced the compact and stylish Galaxy S5 Mini. The smartphone offers users many of the Galaxy S5's features, including a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and more.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini was Samsung's first 'mini' smartphone. The handset was created for people who loved the look and feel of the Galaxy S3, but preferred to have that look and feel in a smartphone that was considerably smaller than the flagship (at the time) Galaxy S3.

A year later, Samsung followed up with the Galaxy S4 Mini and like clockwork, the company has just announced the Galaxy S5 Mini.

"We always strive to develop devices that appeal to a range of consumer tastes and styles." said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. "The Galaxy S5 mini allows consumers to enjoy the iconic design and essential and useful features of the Galaxy S5 through a maximized minimalism approach."

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini features a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi). The smartphone is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. It includes 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot that will support up to 64 GB microSD cards.

The Galaxy S5 Mini's camera capabilities include an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED Flash and 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and selfiies. Its wireless connectivity options consist of a 4G LTE radio, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC. The smartphone ships with a 2,100 mAh removable battery and its dimensions come in at 131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm, and it weighs 120g. 

Samsung has retained the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor found on the flagship Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 Mini's design is virtually identical to its larger sibling and it's also IP67 certified dust- and water-resistant.

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S5 Mini will initially go on sale in Russia in early July before heading to other regions. The company did not disclose when we could expect to see the smartphone launch in the U.S.

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