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Electronics giant Samsung announced a smaller version of its popular Galaxy S5 smartphone that will launch in Russia first before releasing worldwide at a later time.

The key difference between the Galaxy S5 mini and its larger brethren is the 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. Standard S5 smartphones feature a 5.1-inch screen.

The smartphone will also boast a less powerful Quad Core processor -- 1.4 GHz versus 2.5 GHz for the standard S5 -- and an 8-megapixel rear camera, compared to a 16-megapixel camera for the regular version.

Most of the buzzworthy features available on the S5 will appear on the mini, including a heart-rate sensor, ultra power saving mode, fingerprint sensor and dust- and water-resistant.

The device launches in Russia first this month, but Samsung has not specified when the S5 mini will roll out globally.

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