Indian retailer Flipkart has announced on its Facebook page that it will be selling the Galaxy S5 Mini exclusively in India. Although there wasn't any mention of an exact launch date or pricing details, it is likely that the device will be available in the country over the coming days.
With the announcement, Flipkart is setting its sights on adding to its high profile list of exclusive devices, which include handsets from Motorola and Xiaomi. While this is the first time Flipkart has managed to snag an exclusive from Samsung, it isn't the first retailer in the country to do so, as Amazon claimed exclusive rights to sell the Galaxy K Zoom in India. The Galaxy S5 Mini, however, is likely to attract a much more mainstream audience. It remains to be seen whether the exclusive deal with Flipkart will mean that the Galaxy S5 Mini will only be available for sale online, as Samsung has a robust offline sales network.
As for the device itself, the variant that will be available for sale in the country will possibly be the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Duos (SM-G800H), which was listed on Samsung's e-store earlier this month. Other than the presence of dual-SIM card slots, the device is similar to the standard variant of the Galaxy S5 Mini, which boasts a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.5 GB RAM, 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 3 (Quad 3470) SoC, 16 GB internal memory, 8 MP camera, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, 2100 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As we noted in our review of the device, the Galaxy S5 Mini comes with a heart rate sensor, IP67 dust and water resistance and a fingerprint scanner, much like the Galaxy S5.
Indian users, what are your thoughts on the imminent launch of the Galaxy S5 Mini in India? With devices like the Xiaomi Mi 3 available in the country, would you be willing to purchase Samsung's latest mini offering?
Source: Facebook (Flipkart)