We knew it was coming and now it's been made official - the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini has arrived.

It follows on from the Galaxy S4 Mini and S3 Mini, both of which were a little disappointing as Samsung ditched a lot of the specs of the flagship for these paired down versions.

There's good news with the Galaxy S5 Mini however as it inherits some of the biggest tech from its bigger brother including the fingerprint scanner under the home key, heart rate monitor on the rear and the IP67 water and dust resistant chassis.

Samsung has also equipped with the S5 Mini with an own-brand 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 4.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED display, 16GB of internal memory, microSD slot, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera and a 2100mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode.

It's worth noting that Samsung has dropped the impressive Snapdragon 801 chip found in the Galaxy S5 for its own offering in the S5 Mini. It will be interesting to see how it copes as Qualcomm's latest processor is a solid performer.

That's more like it

These are the specs we've seen in numerous rumours, and they are a significant improvement on the S4 Mini which had a 4.3-inch non-HD display, dual-core processor and 1900mAh battery.

The Galaxy S5 Mini rocks up running Android 4.4 KitKat, although that's covered in Samsung's TouchWiz UI, and the inclusion of 4G, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 LE are further feathers in the S5 Mini's cap.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will go head to head with the HTC One Mini 2 in early July in Russia, with global markets to follow. The S5 Mini will be coming to the UK, but release date, price and colour variants will be announced later.