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Samsung might finally make the mini Galaxy we’ve always wanted

Published Jul 3rd, 2017 6:44PM EDT
Galaxy S8 Mini Release Date
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Samsung currently sells two Galaxy S8 versions, including the regular and the Galaxy S8+. Additionally, a rugged Galaxy S8 Active is expected to launch soon. But on top of that, Samsung may be working on a fourth Galaxy S8 model, one that actually sounds exciting, if this rumor is true.

Apparently, Samsung is making a Galaxy S8 mini, one that will not respect Samsung’s Galaxy S mini tradition. All Galaxy S mini phones to date, including the Galaxy S3 mini, the Galaxy S4 mini, and Galaxy S5 mini were huge ripoffs if you ask me.

You’d think that a Galaxy S mini version would have the same set of specs of the bigger model, neatly packed in a more compact package. Samsung never did that, and you’d have to go to Sony for such a flagship. And the Galaxy S mini never phones that one could honestly recommend to friends and family.

Starting with the Galaxy S6, Samsung stopped that practice. But the mini might make a comeback this year, according to ITHome.

The good news is that the Galaxy S8 mini might be a lot more similar to its bigger siblings than we’d expect, given Samsung’s Galaxy S mini history.

The report says the phone will have a 5.3-inch all-screen design in a body about as big as a 4.7-inch screen handset. Apple’s iPhone does come in 4.7-inch flavors.

The Galaxy S8 would be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, and pack 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Thus, the phone would not be as fast a the Galaxy S8, but these specs would put it on par with Google’s Pixel.

Other specs include a 12-megapixel camera and iris recognition support. In other words, the Galaxy S8 mini could turn out to be a more than decent Android handset.

It’s unclear how much it’ll cost or when it’ll launch, but South Korea might be the first market to get it.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.