Galaxy sightings: possible S5 Mini pics, blue VZW GS5 render

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With the launch of the Galaxy S5 Active, the GS5’s family of closely related smartphones is finally starting to get fleshed-out. The Galaxy K zoom really got us going, since for all intents and purposes it’s a GS5 Zoom, but the Active is at least the first of these spin-offs to maintain the GS5 branding. What about a GS5 Mini to go with it? We’ve been seeing more and more evidence for this model, but today we might get our first actual look at the hardware, as we also take a peek at what’s next for the GS5 itself.

Well, it may not match some of the renders we’ve seen (which were a little iffy to begin with), but what we see here today sure looks like we’d expect a GS5 Mini to. In fact, with a passing glance you might mistake this for the larger GS5, but looking a little more closely confirms that this is something new: for instance, in the space between the Samsung logo and the flash/heart rate sensor on the GS5 proper, there are four rows of dots, while here there are only three. There’s some evidence of waterproofing in the form of a battery door gasket, but the phone oddly seems to be missing protective port flaps.

Remember back at the start of May when we heard that Verizon would be getting the GS5 in gold? Sure enough, a few weeks later we saw Samsung confirm the news – not just for Verizon, but the rest of the big US carriers, as well. Now we wonder if history’s about to repeat itself, with the leak of a render of the GS5 in blue for Verizon. With any luck, Samsung will similarly verify this rumor in the weeks to come.

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Source: SamMobile, @evleaks

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!