Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini may come in at least two versions, with different chipsets
The handset that’s widely expected to be the successor to the Galaxy S4 Mini from last year has been spotted in both a user agent profile (UAProf) on Samsung’s website as well as a well known benchmark. But the specs these two sources reveal are slightly different.
That may have a simple explanation, though. The UAProf is for the model SM-G800A, and the benchmarked phone was the SM-G800H. And these two could in fact be different variations of the same device. The ‘full size’ Samsung Galaxy S5 has the model number SM-G900, but there’s a letter appended to that to signify the specific region or carrier it’s meant for. So, for example, the SM-G900F is the model for Europe, while the SM-G900A is the one for AT&T.
Hence, the SM-G800A spotted in that UAProf may be AT&T’s own Galaxy S5 Mini. And it’s set to be a beast (for a ‘Mini’, that is), coming with a 720p HD touchscreen and a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm processor that can either be the Snapdragon 800 or the Snapdragon 801. This would make it pretty much the only ‘Mini’ competitor to the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, that has a Snapdragon 800 chipset too. All the other ‘Mini’ devices (including Samsung’s own Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S III Mini) share only the looks with their bigger siblings, actually being nothing more than midrangers in terms of specs.
Unfortunately there’s no SM-G900H variant of the Galaxy S5, so we don’t know which exact region or carrier the SM-G800H might be targeting. Though this version of the Galaxy S5 Mini has a lower-end processor than AT&T’s, according to GFXBench.
The SM-G800H comes with a 4.8-inch 720p HD touchscreen (the size may be the same for the SM-G800A, we simply don’t know at this time), an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2 MP front camera also with 1080p Full HD video recording support, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (based on ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Aside from the screen size, all of those fall exactly in line with specs that were leaked in early April. Back then though the S5 Mini was said to have a 4.5-inch display, bearing the same 720p resolution however.
According to past leaks, the Galaxy S5 Mini may become official next month.