Just the other day, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 Mini. The smaller version of the company’s flagship device has all the bells and whistles we learned to love in its big brother, including the IP67-certified water- and dust-resistant body, fingerprint reader and heart rate sensor. In addition, the Mini also rocks a 4.5-inch 720p HD screen, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear + 2.1MP front cameras, 4G LTE connectivity support (in some markets), and so on and on.
In other words, it’s quite an update from the last year’s Galaxy S4 Mini, but… it’s still NOT the best mini smartphone you can buy. That title still goes to the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, which packs the much faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip and full 2GB of RAM. It may lack a fingerprint and heart rate “gimmicks,” but other than that – it’s the best “mini” phone money can buy.
That said, we can’t really imagine the Xperia Z1 Compact sales figures coming anywhere near the Galaxy S5 Mini ones. With its aggressive marketing, Samsung keeps outselling all other Android device makers.
Just recently, the Korean company has been “involved” in rebranding Heathrow’s busiest hub to “Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5.” No other vendor has the money (or interest) to do something similar.