Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 Preview: First Look

GSMArena team, 28 January 2011.
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Introduction

Mini phones are a hot commodity. They are desirable and fill a market gap of small, easy-to-carry devices, which can lift mountains despite their size. Now Samsung wants to have a go at that market with the Galaxy Mini S5570.


Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 official photos

The Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 is expected to be pretty affordable for what it has to offer and thatís always a good thing. Powering the device is an ARMv6 600Mhz, which doesnít sound like much, but with Froyo 2.2 on top, itís sufficient for everyday usage.

Hereís a list of what the Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 will offer you.

Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 Ė at a glance:

  • General HSDPA 7.2Mbps, 900/2100 Mhz, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz
  • Form factor: Touchscreen phone
  • Dimensions: 110.4 x 60.8 x 12.1 mm, 105 g
  • Display: 3.2Ē capacitive touchscreen; QVGA (240x320) pixel resolution
  • CPU: ARMv6 600Mhz processor
  • OS: Android 2.2.1 (Froyo)
  • Memory: 160MB storage, 384MB RAM, hot-swappable microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
  • Camera: 3 megapixel fixed focus camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, standard microUSB port, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Misc: FM radio, built-in accelerometer, proximity sensor, Swype predictive input method, Social Hub

As you can see the major compromise in the specs sheet is the screen resolution. Android looks bad on QVGA screens. Samsung have done some sub pixel modifications to the fonts and icons to make them look good and more legible on the Galaxy Mini but we feel that will remain our primary grudge with the handset.

On the positive side, that compromise might as well mean that the Galaxy Mini will be among the most affordable Android smartphones on the market.

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Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 live shots

The Samsung Galaxy Mini S5570 feels nice in hand. It has a thin profile and the materials used are nice to touch.

We have the pleasure of getting a pre-release test unit and since itís an early prototype, itís not quite ready for prime time so weíll be doing only a quick preview of the device instead of a full-fledged review.

Preview or not, youíll find a due hardware and software inspection on the pages to follow.

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