After the huge success of Galaxy Mini S5570, it makes sense for Samsung to introduce yet another version that addresses major concerns witnessed on the older sibling. Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 follows up as a beefed up successor to the earlier version, but with a snappier 800MHz processor instead of 600MHz and a decent screen resolution 480×320 pixels rather than 320×240 found on the original Mini. Most apps found on Android galore are developed to support HVGA screen resolutions (320×480 pixels to be specific) upwards, unfortunately, Samsung did a messy job with the earlier version, but here is Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 incase you missed the earlier sibling. The phone also comes with a more recent v2.3 Gingerbread OS as opposed to v2.2 Froyo shipped underneath the first Mini, there’s an upgrade though to Gingerbread. Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500’s hardware isn’t the best we’ve seen, but at the same price range, it’s a killer deal.
Samsung is mean on using brushed metal casings on its devices and Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 isn’t an exception, the handset is constructed almost entirely from plastic; however, it still feels sturdy enough to escape creeks when held tightly or cracks from accidental falls. The battery cover is well secured and sits tightly in place, the Micro USB port is protected by a rubber cover, something you’ll rarely get on other devices. The front-panel is largely taken by a 3.27inch capacitive touch-screen with exceptions to the earpiece, Samsung logo, proximity and accelerometer sensors at its top and a physical home key just below the screen and two other touch-sensitive controls beside it. Notice the screen size is 3.27inches up from 3.14inches found on the earlier version. Images and text appear pixilated on the earlier Mini at 127ppi pixel density and smoother on Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 at176ppi pixels density. You’ll also get 16m colors up from 256k; in fact, Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 and Galaxy Ace S5830
have a lot in common in terms of hardware.
Despite Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500’s screen resolution rating miserably on our benchmarks, text and images look sharp and crisp, though you’ll need to do some scrolling here and there when viewing web pages. Samsung maintained the same 3.15Megapixel camera which can shoot decent photos in well lit environments but don’t expect a miracle in darker conditions as there’s no LED flash. Underneath the hood is an 800MHz chipset, so Adobe flash support is still a thorn, but still, you are obliged to use the Youtube app to play video files rather than directly via the browser. Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 isn’t the slimmest device we’ve seen in this category; however, at 11.6mm thick, it will fit in the smallest pocket. 512MB RAM is well within our expectation.
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 Features/Specifications;
- Operating System: Android v2.3 Gingerbread
- Processor: 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 GPU: Adreno 200
- Display : 3.27inch (320x480p) (176ppi) TFT, Capacitive, 16m colors
- Primary Camera: 3.15Megapixel (2048x1536p)
- Storage: Up to 32GB MicroSD, 4GB Internal storage, 512MB RAM
- Connectivity: MicroUSB v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
- Internet: 7.2Mbps HSDPA, DLNA, WiFi 802.11b/g/n WiFi hotspot
- Other ft: FM radio with RDS, Sensors: Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass
- Battery: Standard Lithium ion 1300mAh
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 S6500 Price in Kenya: (unavailable)