Samsung is about to launch Galaxy S5 Mini officially whereas HTC has already released the HTC One E8, a miniature variant of HTC One M8 but with the plastic body to make it a budget phone.

Samsung successfully launched the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active and the Galaxy S4 Zoom in 2013. This year, Samsung has already-launched Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, an S5 Active and will be launching the Galaxy S5 Mini, whose specs have been a matter of speculation, amongst other speculations surrounding the features of HTC’s latest smartphone, earlier expected to be HTC One M8 Ace but now labeled the E8.

With snapshots of the much-awaited Galaxy S5 Mini being surfaced online, it has been revealed that the device will retain the same design language as its predecessor Galaxy S4 Mini. The S5 Mini has now been confirmed on the company’s official UK website, with Samsung accidentally uploading its Galaxy S5 Mini placeholder on its UK website.

The pictures were leaked by an anonymous tipster along with the specifications of Galaxy S5 Mini to the Samsung community website SamMobile. The pictures show a small Samsung phone with a removable shell case with a perforated surface.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One E8: Operating Software and Hardware

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will run Android 4.4 KitKat and is also expected to feature promising hardware. According to the leak, it will have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen at 620p, a 1.4GHz in-house built Exynos 3 series quad-core processor, a Mali-400 MP4 graphics engine and a 1.5GB RAM. Storage options will be restricted to 16GB inbuilt memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. The device will apparently feature an 8.0-megapixel main camera and a 2.1 megapixel front camera.

Unlike its predecessor, the Galaxy S5 Mini will not feature the S5’s back-mounted heart-rate monitor and the fingerprint scanner. Galaxy S5 Mini, like Galaxy S5, will feature IP67 protection, thus, making the phone dust-proof and water-resistant.

The device is expected to fall in the mid-range smartphone segment, like Galaxy S4 Mini.

Alongside Samsung’s latest merchandise, HTC’s latest smartphone, HTC One E8, has been confirmed by the company’s Chinese division, putting widespread rumors to rest. The device will be inheriting the features from flagship HTC One M8.

HTC One M8 Ace will share the flagship smartphone’s hardware, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 system-on-chip (SoC) running at 2.5GHz. The display will apparently be the 5in, 1080p panel as in HTC One M8 Ace. The HTC One M8 will also include a 5-megapixel front-facing webcam as that of the flagship device but the Duo Camera has been exchanged for a 13-megapixel rear sensor.

It is expected to feature a front-facing Boomsound speakers, Motion Launch gestures and Extreme power-saving mode as added benefits.

The price range that the device would fall into is a big question mark, yet as per recent speculations, it will hit the market with a $400 price tag.
With a hint of clarity emerging through widespread assumptions regarding the tech specs of the soon-to-be-launched devices by two sought after smartphone makers, the competition has intensified. May the smarter smartphone win.

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