Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini vs. LG G3 Mini – Price, Specifications, Features, and Release Date Showdown

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | June 28, 2014 11:11 AM EST

Recently leaked information pertaining to the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini confirms many of the anticipated specifications. In addition, this compact device will also sport high-end features boasted by the 2014 flagship Galaxy S5.

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Models pose for photographs with LG Electronics' flagship G3 high-end smartphone at its unveiling ceremony in Seoul May 28, 2014. South Korea's LG Electronics Inc launched a revamped version of its flagship G3 high-end smartphone at a discount to its predecessor model on Wednesday and said it would ship more than 10 million units to improve its ailing handset business. REUTERS/Han Jong-chan/Yonhap

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The upcoming LG G3 Mini, on the other hand, is one of the most awaited and speculated compact smartphones of this year. Moreover, the code name LG D722 is tied to the LG G3 Mini handset and this name was spotted in the Zauba database, which keeps track of import and export details to Indian shores. Apparently, this phone is being evaluated in India. Readers who are interested in the aforementioned handsets should check out the specifications, features, price and release date comparison.

Display

The LG G3 Mini and Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini feature 4.7 inches and 4.5 inches display respectively, bundled with the same 720 x 1,280 pixels screen resolution. The pixel density of LG G3 Mini and Galaxy S5 Mini stand at 312 ppi and 326 ppi respectively.

Under the Hood

The LG G3 Mini is powered by a superior quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor) processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz, which houses 1 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S5 Mini, on the other hand, is powered by a solid quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU (Exynos 3 Quad chipset) clocked at 1.4 GHz. Also, the handset houses a relatively better 1.5 GB of RAM. Both the handsets will be running on Android v4.4.2 KitKat. It is worth noting that, depending on the release date, the OS versions could change.

Memory

The LG G3 Mini houses 8 GB of internal storage, while the upcoming S5 Mini will house 16 GB of internal memory. In addition, both the handsets support microSD card for expansion up to 64 GB.

Camera and Battery

The Galaxy S5 Mini sports a good 8 MP primary camera with LED flash and a 2.1 MP secondary camera unit; whereas the LG G3 Mini houses a 5 MP rear-facing camera unit with LED flash and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera unit. In addition, both the smartphones support autofocus, face detection, geo tagging, HDR, and panorama. Also, both the phones house the same Li-Ion 2100 mAh user-replaceable battery unit.

Connectivity and SIM

Both the phones support Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, LTE, and microUSB slots. The LG G3 Mini supports optional dual-sim mode and it employs micro-sim type, while the Galaxy S5 Mini is expected to follow suit. In addition, Galaxy S5 Mini supports NFC, while the LG G3 Mini doesn't.

Misc

1. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini handset is IP67 certified; that translates to featuring water and dust proof body.

2. In addition, the Samsung device houses fingerprint scanner, and heart-rate monitor.

3. The Galaxy S5 Mini will also sport Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids Mode, Private Mode, and KNOX, to name a few.

Price and Launch Date

The quoted price for the 'testing unit' of LG G3 Mini in India is Rs. 13501; therefore, the actual product might not exceed Rs. 20000 bracket, which roughly translates to US$333 and AU$354. The handset is expected to be launched in Q4 2014.

According to Indian Web site MySmartPrice, the expected price of Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is Rs. 30000, which roughly translates to US$499 and AU$529. The Galaxy S5 Mini was expected to be launched in June, but that did not happen thus far; hence the launch date could be Q3 or Q4 2014.

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Models pose for photographs with LG Electronics' flagship G3 high-end smartphone at its unveiling ceremony in Seoul May 28, 2014. South Korea's LG Electronics Inc launched a revamped version of its flagship G3 high-end smartphone at a discount to its predecessor model on Wednesday and said it would ship more than 10 million units to improve its ailing handset business. REUTERS/Han Jong-chan/Yonhap
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