We've had some time to play with Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, and it seems to have shrunk in the wash. 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.
To beat the crowd, we got our Euro-launch S5 Mini direct from Mother Russia. We'll be sure to point out any special adaptations this phone needs to speak Russian.
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Wish your Samsung Galaxy S5 was a bit smaller? Wish no more. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. Tech specs include:
1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 3 Quad (Exynos 3470)
4.5 inch HD (720 x 1280 at 326 ppi) Super AMOLED display
8.0 MP rear-facing camera with AF + LED Flash along with a 2.1 MP front-facing camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (LTE ver. only), Bluetooth v4.0 LE, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS + GLONASS, IR Remote
1.5 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal storage, expandable to 64 GB via microSD
2,100 mAh battery
Accelerometer, gyroscope, compass; heart rate, proximity, and fingerprint sensors
Miroslav--I remain constantly amazed as to how these manufacturers assemble so much into such a small package. I don't really know why they would feel the need to go smaller but that's their decision. I suppose SAMGSUNG has conducted focus groups that tell them this direction is the proper direction. With the productions numbers needed, I'm assuming most, if not all, assembly is done by robotic systems. Do you know if this is the case? Also, are the phones assembled in a clean room environment? It seems as though cleanliness would need to be a factor in the assembly. Excellent post.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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