Still having trouble letting go of a not-so-distant past when 4 to 4.5-inch smartphones were not only the industry norm, but also a power user’s top choice? While Samsung ruthlessly abandoned diminutive Android flagships last year by skipping the Galaxy S6 mini, and never looked back, it turns out the GS5 mini isn’t completely forgotten yet.
We told you not to lose hope for a tardy but more than welcome Marshmallow update several months ago, and finally, the rumors are proven true today with reports of major over-the-air software makeovers in Russia.
Supported by screenshots, we expect these to spread around the world in the coming weeks (days, even), bringing to the table everything from Now on Tap cards to Doze and App Standby energy efficiency enhancements, advanced app permissions, security improvements and so on.
The 6.0.1 goodie pack isn’t exactly massive on Russian shores, at roughly 800MB, signaling perhaps light non-stock build M alterations. Either way, your archaic Samsung Galaxy S5 mini should feel smoother than ever before, rewarding you for your almost inhuman patience.
Remember, this is a mid-range 4.5-inch device originally released nearly two and a half years back, with an extremely similar design to the “full-sized” GS5, and antiquated spec sheet including Exynos 3470 processing power, 1.5GB RAM, 8/2.1MP cameras, and a 2,100 mAh battery.