Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will get dual-SIM version, confusion about its hardware slightly cleared up
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is in the news again, only a few short days after the previous time it was in this position. This might mean we’ll see it announced soon.
Last week we found two different variations of the Galaxy S5 Mini coming with two different chipsets. That was a bit puzzling, especially since one of those variants couldn’t be easily explained just by looking at its model number (in other cases that’s possible because of Samsung’s new standard naming scheme).
The SM-G800H was the problematic one, since the SM-G800A is clearly AT&T’s version of the S5 Mini. Today we find out that the G800H is actually a dual-SIM version of the phone. Oh, and a G800F is also in development, this one intended for distribution to European markets just like the G900F ‘full size’ Galaxy S5.
This information comes from the ever reliable Indian import tracking website Zauba. It’s spotted quite a few Galaxy S5 Mini models heading into the country. And they all seem to have 4.5-inch touchscreens. That’s odd, since the G800H was reported by a benchmark as coming with a 4.8-inch display. But that info could have been wrong. Even common sense says that at 4.8 inches diagonally, you’re stretching the definition of ‘Mini’ (and more so considering that the Galaxy S5 has a bigger screen by only .3 inches).
So what could explain the previously leaked difference in chipset between the G800H and the G800A? The latter comes with a 2.3 GHz processor, which can only be either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or the Snapdragon 801. However, the G800H was caught by a benchmark with a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 at the helm. This would make for quite a big performance difference between the two variations in real life.
But perhaps the explanation is pretty simple. Maybe AT&T simply wanted its ‘Mini’ to be almost as powerful as the ‘full size’ Galaxy S5 and got Samsung to use a high-end Snapdragon just for its product. And the internationally-sold S5 Mini will get the 1.4 GHz quad-core midrange chipset, with or without dual-SIM support depending on exact model. This wouldn’t be entirely out of the ordinary, for AT&T’s Galaxy S III Mini was better specced than the international phone. Which is why it’s on track to be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat in the future, while the handset with the same name that was sold outside of the US won’t.