Mini Galaxy S9+ with an iPhone X camera placement surfaces

Samsung is no stranger to offering weird variants of its phones for the Chinese market, where it is struggling to even be noticed among the sea of value-for-money Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi handset there. The latest case in point might be a... Galaxy S9 version with the S9+ dual camera set, but placed exactly where the dual kit of the iPhone X is situated - at the top left corner of the rear.

Other than that, uhm, peculiarity, the phone that has received certification by the Chinese version of the FCC regulator, has the same specs as the S9 specs, the same dimensions, and even the same weight. Coded as SM-G8850, it has been circling around the tech blogosphere as a possible S9 Mini, but it's now clear that there is nothing mini about it, unless you can consider it an S9+ mini, dual camera and all. 

The fun part, however, is that the S9+ mini is listed with both 4GB and 6GB RAM versions, so if you have been clamoring for more random access memory in an S9 package, China might be your best bet. Unfortunately, since the S9+ mini thingamajig comes in an S9 package, it also inherits the 3000mAh battery pack of its design inspiration. As to when will Samsung release this in China, and how much it would cost, remains to be heard.

source: TENAA (translated)

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Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1699; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

ooooh nooo not the camera placement whatamigonado

8. Yeahseen

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 08, 2017

For you to sell well in China you have to copy iphone

12. adecvat

Posts: 652; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

LMAO, prepare yourself for S10 Notch edition.

16. drunkenjay

Posts: 1699; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i dont mind the notch as long as there is an option to hide it. it will look flush with the amoled screen like the huawei p20.

17. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Notice the flat screen here: And this one from TENAA's S9 page: It's back is also lacks the curved edges. Do you remember your own poll just released a mere week ago? Here is you answer, but you are clearly not interested in checking out your sources. And no it's not a Mini for sure. Spec by spec and all by dimensions it matches with S9 including SoC. Samsung S Mini phones were smaller and seriously crippled models of the real thing. On the other hand this one is arguably even better than regular S9 since it has dual camera and a flat screen. So instead of this clickbait you should ask Samsung why the rest of the world -probably- not gonna get this option?

2. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Galaxy S9 Mini+, LOL. This is probably just a S9 for the Chinese market.

3. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

It's the new Galaxy A8 according to the Chinese media. Which is also why there is no heartbeat sensor.

7. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hmm, that does make sense.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

S9 Plus Mini...hilarious :)) Why not S9 Plus Minus...

6. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Because this way it will be too confusing ;)


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why mention apple in almost all the articles? Bet PA get's paid to mention them!

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Poor design Samsung. Modern phones shouldn't have a camera hump. It's lazy.

10. irossdrummer

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

It wouldn't be so ugly if it wasn't for the fingerprint sensor. It's a great spot for the fingerprint but it just looks weird and scattered with the camera off to the side

11. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

TITLE "just liek apple" Biitch please

13. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

On a phone that is small they might have to do that just to make everything fit your had properly. I suppose it makes sense, but it still doesn't look very nice. Get the FP sensor in the screen and this fiasco will finally all go away.

14. skips

Posts: 488; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

why. just goddamn why is everyone obsessed with this camera placement.

15. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I swear, some of y'all complaints or claims are stupid. The device isn't even official, how do y'all know there will be a hump. And ugly or not, it's functional. Think about it, if the camera and fingerprint sensor were positioned like the S9 series, the fingerprint sensor placement would be too low. My hands ain't that big and I'm already holding my S9 near the bottom just so my finger is conveniently already right below the fingerprint sensor. Also, who looks on the back of their phones anyways.

18. Ali888

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

An image arrives with an unannounced Samsung phone with an iphone X style camera and phonearena immediately compares it to Apple's phone yet the p20 and p20 pro also comes with that style and a notch but then it's completely acceptable

19. mootu

Posts: 1537; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Nope, everyone moaned about those as well.

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