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Samsung to answer Apple iPhone SE with 4.6-inch Galaxy S7 mini featuring SD-820 or Exynos 8890 SoC?

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Samsung to answer Apple iPhone SE with 4.6-inch Galaxy S7 mini featuring SD-820 or Exynos 8890 SoC?
According to a new rumor out of Taiwan, Samsung is planning on taking on the 4-inch Apple iPhone SE with the Samsung Galaxy S7 mini. Now that doesn't seem terribly shocking since Samsung has produced mini versions of the Samsung Galaxy S from the beginning, only failing to produce a Samsung Galaxy S6 mini (despite images that suggest the manufacturer was working on it). But returning the mini version of Samsung's flagship model to the manufacturer's lineup could be inspired by the interest garnered by the yet-to-be-announced iPhone SE, especially when you consider the rumored specs.

The alleged screen size of the Galaxy S7 mini, 4.6-inches, is larger than the display on the iPhone SE. The latter is scheduled to be unveiled on March 21st during an Apple event. Apple has reportedly taken pains to keep the device as high powered as the iPhone 6s with an A9 chipset, NFC and Apple Pay capabilities, Live Photos (although there will be no 3D Touch), Touch ID and (according to connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo) a 12MP rear camera.

Samsung appears to be taking a similar path. The aforementioned 4.6-inch display will feature a 720 x 1280 resolution, with the Snapdragon 820 chipset or the Exynos 8890 chipset under the hood. This is where Apple's influence comes in as previous Galaxy S mini models usually contained SoCs that were a few rungs lower than what was being used in the full-sized version of that particular mini model. The Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 are the chipsets found inside the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 mini is also rumored to contain 3GB of RAM, and come with a 12MP flush mounted rear camera that offers 3X optical zoom. All of this will supposedly fit in a body 9.9mm thick. There is no word on when this device might see the light of day.

source: AppleDaily (translated) via i4U

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posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:59 18

1. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS (Posts: 172; Member since: 29 Sep 2015)


Didnt the Japanese god Sony already do this with their compact series. The x performance will be a benchmark beast.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:57 2

33. zeeBomb (Posts: 1723; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


:oooo

720p with either chipset and IMA get like 200k on antutu...goddddammm BASED SAMSUNG!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:16 3

40. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


You can fap to Antutu scores for all I care. In real world, there won't be a difference in perofrmance. CPU is the same, so apps will open up with the same speed. And gaming performance has no relation to the screen resolution.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:29

43. joeytaylor (Posts: 382; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


I'm not sure but i think it is getting to a point where the human eye and reflexes can see so much....only can tell a difference in benchmarks....could be wrong though

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:33 16

44. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


"Gamming performance has no relation to the screen resolution"

So, you're saying the S7 with SD820 and pushing 1440p will be equal in gaming performance versus a S7 with SD820 but pushing 720p?

Lower 720p resolution does results in the Adreno 530 GPU doing less work, hence more consistent framerates and less heating and less game lag.

I think you know that already, come on!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 14:09

60. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


If you're going to quote someone, ensure that you're doing it correctly. Gamming? What is that?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 14:15 1

64. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Well, with the game tuner app, I can run the game at 720p on s6/s7. So yeah, gaming performance has no relation with screen resolution.

Currently I have a dell ultrasharp 1440p monitor. But I don't play games on 1440p since my graphics card is not powerful enough. Now, I play games on 720p and my high resolution screen doesn't affect performance one bit.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 15:43 2

72. miket1737 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Most Android games do not run at 1440p though, it is mostly 1080p/720p Android games run in. With game tuner , you can control what resolution the Galaxy device runs at. What Tyrion was saying is that, even if it got a "incredible score of 200k" in Antutu, real world performance will really be no different besides in some games if you are not utilizing Game Tuner. Tyrion was trying to basically say that you wont get or feel "70-80k points higher in Antutu" in real world performance with a s820 at 720p or s820 at 1440p.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:29 2

49. marorun (Posts: 2872; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Gaming performance has no relation to the screen resolution.... OMG what a joke!

Gaming performance are much more based on screen resolution and GPU than the CPU.

Real world performance in the UI will also be felt just like the Sony X performance is MUCH faster than the S7 or the G5.

So tired of Samsung lover who are blind...

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 14:12 6

62. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


You can change the resolution of the game in game tuner. Gaming performance depends on rendered resolution, which doesn't depend on screen resolution. I can run a 480p game on 1440p screen for all I want.

So tired of dumbasses who don't know s**t.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 14:29 1

67. xocomaox (Posts: 111; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


It's rare to see someone who knows what they're talking about in PA comments.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 15:33

71. zacsaturday (Posts: 199; Member since: 09 May 2014)


I see what you mean, but I think they are talking about standard resolution.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 20:38

76. ibend (Posts: 3144; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its not like all smartphone have gametuner -_-

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 10:23

85. steodoreben (Posts: 227; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


"with... Live Photos (although there will be no 3D Touch)...". So it means 3D Touch is just a gimmick copied catch up feature? A marketing name like Retina Display? It is cumbersome to use on my iPhone 6S. I think tap and hold feature of Android is more convenient IMO.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 02:33

80. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


nice step sammy .. mini wasn't here long time... iphone is dead soon .. :0

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 22:25

91. cheetah2k (Posts: 1490; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Yes but Sony is no longer making a "compact" series phone bro. So there in lies an opening in the market for Samsung. My wife has had every compact sony phone since they first started coming out, but 5" is too big a phone for her, so if this comes out, she'll be getting the S7mini next...

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 10:59 6

2. dubaiboy78 (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Bring out the beast!!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:47 4

29. Bm888 (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


I am a Samsung loyalist.. But this is where I say that Samsung should wake up of idreamland and be themselves.. The devices they've outed already, s7 series are good enough to compete with 2022 iPhone (iPhone 11).. So why with this iPhone panic attacks now? :-\

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:14 2

38. Subie (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


No ones saying anything about a panic attack. This article sounds more like the second coming of the Galaxy Alpha which had high end specs. Now if they were all of a sudden making a 4 inch phone your point would be a little more valid.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:03 23

3. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7801; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Samsung has already been making a Galaxy S Mini device ever since the S4 Mini. It has nothign to do with the iPhone SE. The Galaxy S5 also had a Mini version.

The original Mini -http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_mini_2_s6500-3883.php

S4 Mini -http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9190_galaxy_s4_mini-5375.php

S5 Mini -http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s5_mini-6252.php

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:20 4

13. majp89 (Posts: 166; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


yes but they've had very underwhelming and underpowered specs. perhaps if these rumors about the SE are true it will influence other manufacturers like samsung and LG to stop making crappy versions of smaller phones, which we both know that everyone except Sony is guilty of doing.

posted on 16 Mar 2016, 05:48

93. Pogma9 (Posts: 34; Member since: 19 Apr 2015)


S5 mini isn't underpowered....

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:21 4

17. Wiencon (Posts: 1709; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


So you're saying that 2 years absence of S Mini models, just when iPhones went to bigger sizes and now suddenly when Apple is about to drop smaller handset and Sammy is going to do the same isn't Samsung copying Apple?

Ha!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:54 7

31. Macready (Posts: 810; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


1 year.... (no S6 Mini), they released an S5 Mini after the S5.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:37 9

54. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It's called competition, not copying. Was Apple copying when they finally gave in to bigger screens?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 14:42 1

68. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Yes. Apple was indeed copying, like they have with everything else, especially with Braun.

I'm not exactly sure what technology they actually created from start to finish. Siri? No. Force Touch? No. Pinch to zoom? No. Slide to lock? No.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 14:49

69. kevin91202 (Posts: 514; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


...Bottom phone jack? No. Bottom speaker? No. All-metal design? No. Phablet? No. 5.5" screen? No. 4.7" screen? No. 4.0" screen? 3.5" screen? No.

Actually, there is one thing: Plastic stickers on the back of the phone. Those ugly antenna strips are unsightly. Let's give them credit for being ugly.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:26 7

22. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


I think the point of this article isn't just about Samsung making an S7 Mini, - as they've done with the S3, S4 and S5 - but the fact that the rumoured S7 Mini is to feature the same chipset as the S7 flagship, which is something Samsung has never done in the Mini versions of it's flagships!

And which might as well suggest the S7 Mini (if that rumoured spec sheet is correct) is probably meant to take on the iPhone SE.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:04 4

35. Macready (Posts: 810; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


At that thickness and with optical zoom, it seems to be targeting a different market instead.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:31

50. marorun (Posts: 2872; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Yeah crappy mini with slow soc and not as good camera.

Another blind samsung lover..

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:04 17

4. Sidewinder (Posts: 392; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


So we're supposed to just imagine that the xperia z compact series phones doesn't even exist? Why must PA bring up apple in every article?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:24 9

21. maherk (Posts: 3350; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Or the previous Galaxy S minis, or the HTC one minis
Typical PA.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:11 2

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


Nah. Those don't even deserve any mentions with their lame specs.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:33 1

51. marorun (Posts: 2872; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Yes sadly beside Sony all other OEM made crappy mini device...

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 02:54

81. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Sony is crappy since their Sony Ericsson day. I buy their phone because of their Walkman logo. If you see so many typos on my comments on this site, thats because I use a Xperia as daily driver.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 22:27

92. cheetah2k (Posts: 1490; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Sony has stopped making the Compact series. The Z5C is the last. All their phones min 5" screen size now.. nothing smaller.. Sony fked up on this one big time..

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:05 1

5. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS (Posts: 172; Member since: 29 Sep 2015)


Ooo well the Japanese god craftsman will still profit off camera sensor.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:08

6. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


That moment when not even the old, grey Z3 Compact had a worthy adversary.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:11 15

7. Hama22 (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


The new iPhone isn't even out yet and PA saying (This is where Apple's influence comes in), but the Xperia Z Compact line not mentioned at all WOW! Im not saying that the new iPhone will not be a good phone we don't know yet,but Sony's been the only one among the Android camp to offer great lil phones and no credit to them at all not anywhere weird!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:11 2

8. nctx77 (Posts: 1639; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


4.6 inches is not a mini phone lol!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:13 18

10. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


With samsung's screen to body ratio, it will be.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:35

52. marorun (Posts: 2872; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Nope its wont..

Unless there is no Bezel at all its will be bigger than an iphone 5S.

We need 4.3 inch max as mini phone.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:46 2

58. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


It will bigger than the 4in iphone but it will be smaller than the Z5c iPhone 6/6s and other 4.5,-4.7in phones. Those phones are considered compacts and if the S7 mini is smaller, then it deserves the title of mini, if not then I'm wrong and it will just be another compact.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:59 3

59. Clars123 (Posts: 552; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


for reference the Galaxy Alpha has a 70.7% screen to body ratio..so what are you talking about?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:12

9. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


720p really? If Samsung is going to use the E8890 or Sd820 in the S7 mini then why not go with 1080p?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:21 2

15. majp89 (Posts: 166; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


$$$$$$$

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:34 2

25. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


It's Samsung so I don't really think that's it, going with 720p is just them trying to be like Apple and that's disappointing. Hopefully 720p is just a rumor and they really go with 1080p.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 19:30 1

75. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


You REALLY don't need 1080p on a 4.6 inch screen

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 21:37

79. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You might not but I REALLY do need 1080p on a 4.6in screen. I don't like the screen on my mom's galaxy alpha is it bad no but my eyes just don't like low pixel density screens. Maybe I could deal with 720p if the screen was 4-4.3in

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 12:34

86. raptor102888 (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Why not? 1080p at 4.6" is 479 PPI. That's nothing compared to the S7's 576 PPI.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:32 9

24. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


I'll gladly welcome am S7 Mini with DS820 or E8890 and 720p.

Crush benchmarks! Solid gamimg framerates!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:49

30. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Sd820/S7 and QHD is performing like the iPhone 6s plus and 1080p so the Sd820 with 1080p would also get solid gaming FPS. 720p is just to low for a high end 2016.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:11 1

37. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


That's right, but SD828 and QHD still causes heating during hours of hard core gamming.

SD820 and 720p is perfect for gamming. No lag even after hours and hours of gameplay!

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 12:20

42. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


That has yet to be tested. Besides if that's true then the same can be said of 1080p. I play plenty of of phone games but even I have never gamed longer than 1h30min so I don't need hours and hours just 2.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:36

53. marorun (Posts: 2872; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Thats with current generation graphic.

But if you make it 720P you could probably have Much better textures and filtering and lightning as well.

You know quality gaming graphic are more than resolution right?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 13:41

56. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yeah I know that, I just don't like 720p.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:16

11. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 315; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


I know that every manufacturer copy things from other manufacturers but why i feel like if samsung doesn't find any shame in copying everything from apple in no time.

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:22 9

18. Hama22 (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


Are u serious or being sarcastic?

posted on 14 Mar 2016, 11:36

27. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


If the rumoured S7 Mini is deemed as a copy, it's a copy from no other than Sony's compacts.

Given that spec sheet.

posted on 15 Mar 2016, 02:59 1

82. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


No, It is a copy of S3 Mini.

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