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Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini pictures surface. Scheduled for August release?

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini pictures surface. Scheduled for August release?
The normal size of a flagship smartphone nowadays is not to everyone's taste, and manufacturers seem to get that. It has been a tradition for some time now for companies to release a "mini" version of their top-class device for the year. Unfortunately, in most cases, the small variants of the phones often suffer a significant hardware downgrade as well - the only exception being the Compact versions of the Sony Xperia Z line.

After releasing the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung didn't talk much about the "active" and "mini" alternatives of the metal-and-glass flagship. Soon afterwards, however, the Active was confirmed and is now reality. But what about a Mini? There was no word that the company would stop producing these, but there hasn't been much information or leaks about it so far.

Well, it seems that the Galaxy S6 Mini will, indeed, be a thing and it may be coming very, very soon. A loyal PhoneArena reader has sent us photos of the small metal-and-glass warrior and, even though the photos are a bit dark, we can definitely see that it follows the very same design language as its flagship sibling. We have no reason to believe this has been falsified and the release delay is somewhat coherent with the time gap between last year's Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 mini launches. Still, as with any initial rumors, we'd suggest taking it with a tiny grain of salt.

We have no information on what type of hardware hums beneath its shell. Rumors around the 'net speak of a Snapdragon 808 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 4.6" or 4.7" screen with 720p resolution, and a 15 MP camera. We can only speculate on a release date, though, seeing as the device is in a completed stage, we wouldn't be surprised if it gets announced on August 13th - the date when, reportedly, the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 will be unveiled.

Thanks for the pics!

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posted on 25 Jul 2015, 16:44 10

1. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Those specs make no sense... They'd actually make it a compelling device...

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 18:46 14

12. QWERTYphone (Posts: 643; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


NO REMOVABLE BATTERY AND SD = FAIL
FRAGILE GLASS CONSTRUCTION = FAIL

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:41 21

19. gaming64 (unregistered)


YOU-FAIL
YOUR COMMENT-SUCKS

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 20:26 2

22. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


If your preference tends towards faster data transfer rates as well as the quick charge/wireless charging combo, then it would be a WIN.

If you're more concerned about having a stunning device that you love the aesthetics of than having industrial grade titanium on your device, then it would be a WIN.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 20:56 5

28. ThePython (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Oh good, QWERTYtroll added something new to his hate list.

We shall expect more "GLASS = FAIL" comments from now on.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 12:49 2

64. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


WHY ARE WE YELLING

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 22:21

70. natypes (Posts: 1043; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


I love lamp

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 04:04

74. helLrave_619 (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jul 2015)


Do you just read yourself saying a non removable battery is a fail, in which Planet do you live? It's 2015 no one still moves with a battery in his pocket because powerbanks are even almost tagged the same price, and if you want bigger storage Space there is the cloud or go for bigger storage and that's it instead of yealing non sensé from April to August, and Samsung is not a company who opened yesterday they won't give up poor quality screen just like that. Tired hearing all that bull s**t.

posted on 01 Aug 2015, 00:31

78. burekbrigada (Posts: 19; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


I'm tired of non intelligent people like you :) Removable battery is not needed for empty battery swapping, although this is nice bonus. Power banks partially fill that need, I agree. But what to do after battery inevitably dies after (if you lucky) 3 years. Throw phone? Samsung have chances with non removable battery because it is huge and you have chance to replace battery in local repair shop, albeit for much bigger price. HTC or Sony don't have that luxury. Of course, in countries where carrier subsidies mask real price of phone, it's no big deal.
Sorry for being rude.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 00:11 2

39. TechBlue (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 May 2010)


And it will be overpriced just like any other Samsung phone

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:14 1

47. j2001m (Posts: 2758; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Is it, build of any Samsung phone is very good, over China crap

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 04:09

75. helLrave_619 (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jul 2015)


In fact it's not really overpricing. There's a lot of build up quality on Samsung devices, even when it was plastic they stil managed to get the best of it. Even then I think those devices are a little bit overpriced.

posted on 20 Nov 2015, 13:37

80. irossdrummer (Posts: 86; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


it's a lot more worth your money than f**king iPhones having 2012 specs and you pay the same as a Samsung......

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 10:19

57. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


If it also has 128gb and the same camera, it will be my next device. Hope it releases in August.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 16:45 8

2. jeroome86 (Posts: 799; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Quit Samsung. Don't flood the market with too many low end phones.
What's next? S6 micro with 3.5 screen?

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 16:54 2

5. trickster_qc (Posts: 106; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


That's the galaxy core micro plus special edition II

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:42 15

20. gaming64 (unregistered)


A phone with Snapdragon 808 isn't a low-end.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 22:19

35. robertkoa (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


True- the 808 Hexacore performs very well in LG G4 which is a very large hi res screen so on a 4.6" - it should be super fast.

Questions though..
Can Android 5.1 run really well on only 2 Gigs of RAM or will there be only 300 meg of RAM left for user with a lot of screen redraws etc?

Question- Samsung seems to have a rule that nothing beats the "S" Series Flagship except Note Series.
Will they put a 2400 to 2600 Mah Battery in the Mini if it lasts longer than S6 ?
If it's only 16 Gig memory they have to put SD Card in there.

Same Camera as S6 - a good thing but 16 Gig not so great on a $450 ( wild guess) phone.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 03:41

40. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


I can find games where LG will lag.

Adreno 418 is too weak for 2K.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 05:55 4

43. wildfiregt (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Android 5.1 can run with 512 or RAM. Are you real questioning about 2 gigs ,really ?

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:39

48. may_czos (Posts: 709; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


808 is a very power hungry processor, it also heats up a lot. It makes no sense in a small device with small battery.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 12:53

66. jeroome86 (Posts: 799; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Yes it is. Friend at work replace his G3 with the G4 and having the same issues. Poor battery life but he did get a free one. Phone gets hot and starts lagging. Starting to lose faith in the Snap Dragon chips. G4 sales haven't been great. No way I would get something with the 810. Hope the 820 turns things around.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 16:52 9

3. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


A 4.7 1080p screen with the 7400 exynos would be fantastic! Too bad Samsung well never do it, and instead just release another overpriced and underspecced Mini...

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 22:23

36. robertkoa (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Yes that would but it might outperform the big S6 and Samsung won't do that except Note Series.

I would LOVE to see a Note 5 Compact at about 4.7" to 5" screen- a Note 4 Compact even better but a little late for that.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 12:51 1

65. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


A compact Note wouldn't make any sense, the main draw to the Note is its large size. It'd also be redundant, since the closest thing to a compact Note that you'd see is the S before it. Especially this year, if rumors of the Note 5 using the S6's processor (or a slightly overclocked version of it) are true

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 15:41

67. robertkoa (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Right but I am thinking of a Device that is thicker about 8.0 millimeters thick with a 3500 Millimeter Battery like S6 Active with metal design like S6 and SD support etc.
They can't do an S6 Pro with 3500 Mah Battery because S6 Owners would be angry.

Also S6 is form over function with " Thinness Race" 6.8mm body and small Battery.

Note Series is for Pros who don't care if it's 8.2 millimeters thick- we need to work with and on our phones like a Pocket Laptop- that's what the RAM and fast CPU is for.
Many of us are not Batman and don't wear a Utility Belt for our phones.
Or just want to fit it in a Pocket.

Note Compact will never happen but it would sell - there are many millions of people who want/ need a powerful no compromise Android that fits in your pocket like an S6 but with a big Battery and 8.2 millimeters thick or whatever.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 15:44

68. robertkoa (Posts: 87; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Right but I am thinking of a Device that is thicker about 8.0 millimeters thick with a 3500 Millimeter Battery like S6 Active with metal design like S6 and SD support etc.
They can't do an S6 Pro with 3500 Mah Battery because S6 Owners would be angry.

Also S6 is form over function with " Thinness Race" 6.8mm body and small Battery.

Note Series is for Pros who don't care if it's 8.2 millimeters thick- we need to work with and on our phones like a Pocket Laptop- that's what the RAM and fast CPU is for.
Many of us are not Batman and don't wear a Utility Belt for our phones.
Or just want to fit it in a Pocket.

Note Compact will never happen but it would sell - there are many millions of people who want/ need a powerful no compromise Android that fits in your pocket like an S6 but with a big Battery and 8.2 millimeters thick or whatever.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 16:53 8

4. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


4,7" FullHD Super Amoled display,
Exynos 7420 Octa CPU and Mali-T760 GPU,
32/64/128GB UFS2.0 internal storage and 3 GB LPDDR4 RAM,
16mp ISOCELL rear camera (OIS, Focus Pixels, f/1.8, dual LED) and 8mp front camera (f/1.8, LED),
Dimensions: 132mm*64mm*6,9mm and 120g + 2150 mAh Li-Po battery
Fingerprint scanner, aluminium and glass unibody design, IP certification.
PLEASE SAMSUNG, MAKE THIS HAPPEN AND I'M YOURS! Peace.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 16:56

6. MrKoles (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


And it could be the direct competitor to the iPhone 6S.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 21:43 1

32. DRS1977 (Posts: 357; Member since: 27 May 2015)


The sad thing is, they have all those parts to make it happen. I would like to see that exact same phone as well.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:40

49. may_czos (Posts: 709; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


2150mAh battery? Up to 2 hours of screen-on time?

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:44 2

53. ibend (Posts: 3195; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


that spec only happen if S6mini released by sony.. samsung always make mini series underspec far from non mini version :-/
(and 2150mAh wont be enough for exynos 7420)

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 17:33 2

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1230; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


No Ful HD is a no deal. In a world where 2k is now the norm, I can never settle for 720p. Its still gonna cost more than some phones with 2k screens, just watch. Save us Sony.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 18:10 8

11. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


The Z3 Compact has a 720p screen and there's no issue with quality. Heck, I'm sure it plays a strong part in the amazing battery life the device has.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 20:45 1

26. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1230; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


The HTC One had a 1080p 4.7 inch screen 2 years going.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 20:49 1

27. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Yup. It was also a flagship phone that fetched a flagship price.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:45

54. ibend (Posts: 3195; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


iPhone 6 had... well, forget it..

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:42

50. may_czos (Posts: 709; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


There is an issue. 2 year old HTC M7 has FullHD display and it's much harper than the one in Z3 Compact.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 10:21

58. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Problem is pentile amoled, 720p will be very bad with pentile screen

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:40 1

17. gaming64 (unregistered)


2k is a norm. LOL

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 23:23 2

37. techfirst101 (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


on a 4.7" screen? you can't even see the difference between 1080p and 2k on a screen that small.

I have a Z3 compact and the 720p screen is great.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 11:09

59. may_czos (Posts: 709; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


The difference between Z3C's 4,6" 720p and HTC M7's 4,7" 1080p displays is easily noticeable. It would be even more noticeable here because Samsung ues Pentile matrix which has 30% less subpixels.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 12:33 1

62. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


It is noticable yea, but 720p is great on the compact. S6 mini should be fullhd because of pentile

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 17:35 1

8. Ordinary (Posts: 2141; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Well this looks good if specs are true and if it isnt overpriced much but knowing samsung it wont be true

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 17:49 3

9. Coconut00 (Posts: 441; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Will there be an S6 mini edge though?

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 17:19

76. galaxy999 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jul 2015)


that would be awesome. i would buy it.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 18:00

10. Dee79 (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Mini!!! Loool

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:02

13. carlemillward (unregistered)


15MP sounds misguiding.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:38

15. gaming64 (unregistered)


The Note 4 had 16 MP. Specs-hungry much?

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:13 2

14. Cslfiero (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Jun 2015)


No one will notice the lower resolution except on the spec sheet. And the 808 will run 720p like a gazelle soaked in Lewis Hamilton's stem cells.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:39

16. gaming64 (unregistered)


I think mini versions of phones should be 4" cause I dont see any differences in handling a 4.7" on my left hand and 5.1 ob the right.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:49 5

21. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


That only applies in Apple, HTC, and Nokia land where the iPhone 6 and 6 plus are freaking huge.

The Moto X original, the Alpha, and the Z3 compact are tiny when you hold them. Like hold the Alpha next to a GS6. It's tiny.

In fact, the only 5 inch phone that is small enough to compare to those 4.7 inch phones are the GS4 and the Nexus 5. The rest of the 5 inch phones are much, much bigger.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 20:31

25. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Pretty much this. I have a Z30, a Nexus 4, a Nexus 5 and a Moto X 2013 on my desk right now, and the difference in size is pretty jarring. Heck, there's a fair bit of difference in size between the Moto X and the Nexus 4, despite having the same screen size.

posted on 30 Jul 2015, 00:15

73. djo165 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


A GS6 Mini sounds like a replacement for the Galaxy Alpha. I love my Alpha. It's the perfect size, IMO.

posted on 31 Jul 2015, 17:20

77. galaxy999 (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Jul 2015)


it looks like a nice phone! i've been thinking of getting it, but if a S6 mini comes out I will get that if its not too expensive.

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 19:40

18. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


That looks exactly like the GS6. My guess is it's going to use the Exynos 5433 which is close enough to the SD808. This thing should fly technically.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 03:49

41. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Exynos 5433 is a bit faster but...

IT DRAWS 7W FOR CPU AND 6W FOR GPU!!! The 3220mAh battery is enough only for two hours of full speed gaming.

Better to go with Snapdragon 808 which I guess isn't as power hungry.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 04:28

42. manojmcn (Posts: 389; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


But LG G4 with SD 808, battery life tests show poor results, not even a match to the S6. LG categorically said the screen draws much less pwoer comparaed to G3.
Also, see that Galaxy Tab S2 also didn't use 808, instead went with the exynos 5433. So I have doubts on the power efficiency of 808.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 07:09

45. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Tab S2 has a big enough battery to handle such a power hungry SoC as Exynos 5433 is. And I'm sure that Snapdragon 808 is a lot less power hungry because it has only two big CPU cores and a weaker GPU.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:44

51. may_czos (Posts: 709; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


You're wrong, it has two less but still very power hungry cores, it destroys G4's battery pretty quickly. LG G4 with 3000mAh battery has at most the same runtime as S6 with 2550mAh.

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