IFixit has taken apart the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and found it to be just that, a shrunken-down version of the standard Galaxy S5.
In a report the firm said that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini handset is less "flagship", and more "flagboat".
"We've had some time to play with Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, and it seems to have shrunk in the wash," it said. "Wait, scratch that – we're actually tearing down the brand-new Galaxy S5 Mini, a smaller, lighter, and less powerful version of the S5. Call it Samsung's flagboat smartphone."
The handset seems to only differ from the fuller version in size, and iFixit said it should appeal to anyone looking for a smaller model. It said that specifications mirror the larger model, but added that its handset comes from Russia and reflects a more European hardware makeup.
"We saw a significant change in who provided the circuitry – instead of Qualcomm dominating the communications/power field, we saw some of the more international players, including TriQuint, R2 Semi, and Samsung's own Shannon brand," it said.
The phone shares the same middling repairability score as its bigger brother, five out of 10, and ranks lower on its specifications. Much of the poor repairability problem comes from the handset's screen, which has been glued down.
"Just like we found in its full-sized friend, this sticky situation doesn't bode well for repair," it explained, adding that while this is common between the two, the specifications are not.
"The Mini wasn't just scaled down on the outside; the screen resolution, processor, RAM, and battery capacity all take a hit."
The Galaxy S5 Mini includes the Samsung K3QF5F50MM 1.5 GB DRAM and 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 3 Quad chips, Broadcom BCM4334 Dual-Band 802.11n WiFi and Toshiba 16GB Nand Flash.
It has a 4.5in HD (720x1280 at 326ppi) super Amoled display, a 2,100mAh battery, 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, which is expandable to 64GB.
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