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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 – what you need to know

The successor to the original Samsung Galaxy Mini, the Galaxy Mini 2 has been launched in the UK – but what exactly do you need to know about this latest smartphone offering?

Considering the recent spate of new releases, which have seen physical handsets such as the Sony Xperia Go and Sony Xperia Acro feature alongside rumours of an approaching release for the fabled iPhone5, it’s hardly surprising that Samsung has launched another device.

Of course, until the handset is used in the real world it will be impossible to tell whether or not it will be a success. But based on its specifications and the performance of previous Galaxy models, the Galaxy Mini 2 is shaping up to be a safe contender.

Galaxy Mini 2 appearances

With slim dimensions and a compact size, this handset’s title is more than accurate. The device is perfectly pocket-sized at just 11.9mm thin, making it far more convenient than some rival smartphones.

In terms of aesthetics, the phone features a bold and striking coloured casing which helps to define it from other models currently available on the market.

This distinctive styling is sure to win favour amongst the more extroverted smartphone user, while still appealing to those with more conservative tastes. The phone’s display consists of a 3.27 inch HVGA touch-screen with a resolution of 320×480.

Galaxy Mini 2 power

Running off an 800MHz processor, the mini smartphone does lack some of the grunt afforded by higher-end models. That being said, the device does feature an improved 1300mAh lithium-ion battery to ensure users are not plagued by constant recharging.

The handset runs Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, which should be sufficient considering the phone’s position as an affordable, rather than high-end, smartphone.

Galaxy Mini 2 features

Complementing the specs, the Galaxy Mini 2 comes with a range of features designed to enhance user enjoyment.

These include a 3MP rear-facing camera, a 3.5mm earphone jack, Samsung apps, integrated messaging, which covers SMS and emails, Bluetooth availability, USB 2.0 compatibility and Wi-Fi connectivity. The phone is also capable of synchronising with other services, such as Google Calendar.

The storage space is also fairly decent for a phone of this calibre, with 4GB of built-in memory offered alongside 512MB of RAM and the option to expand the storage capacity via a microSD slot.