Remember the Apple iPhone SE? Well, it looks like it might have an Android challenger coming out of South Korean electronics giant Samsung, as rumours begin to sprout about a potential Galaxy S7 mini that packs a punch.
The alleged 4.6-inch device from Samsung is rumoured to make an appearance with a set of fantastic features. And it would have to if it wants to take on the Apple A9 powered iPhone SE.
According to the rumour mill, the upcoming mini flagship is said to pack either a Snapdragon 820 or an Exynos 8890 processor, and 3GB of RAM on the inside. There is currently no information on the internal storage but judging by the processor and RAM alone, the device is looking like a worthy challenger. The only drawback, it seems, would be the 1280×720 pixel display said to adorn the front of the smartphone. But, since it’s less than 5 inches, the pixel density should still be relatively high.
What’s more, the S7 mini is said to sport a 12-megapixel primary camera packed into a smartphone package that is only 9.9mm thin. Based on the megapixel count, it looks like it could be the same Dual Pixel sensor found on the regular Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that we love so much.
It’s not entirely surprising if Samsung does come up with a mini variant as they’ve done so in the past. One of the biggest problems with old the Galaxy S mini variants was that they always came with watered down specs. That’s kind of a bummer especially since they bore the Galaxy S flagship badge.
The one company that really gets the “compact” or “mini” flagship variants right has been Sony, who packed the same flagship components into a smaller form factor. If these rumours prove true, that could mean Samsung are finally picking up on this trend. But, this also means it becomes a direct competitor for Sony’s Xperia Z5 Compact too.
But, we don’t think that’s too fair of a comparison if we’re going off these rumoured specs as the S7 mini simply blows the Xperia Z5 Compact out of the water. The real battle royale would be with the iPhone and with the S7 mini’s price likely to be lower, this could prove to be an interesting fight.
This is of course if these rumours prove true, which we can’t know for certain right now, so do take what we say here with a grain of salt.