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

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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88 Comments

1. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 400; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

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

33. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

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.

43. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 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

44. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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!

60. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

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

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.

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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...

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.

67. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

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

71. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

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

76. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its not like all smartphone have gametuner -_-

85. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 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.

80. MSi_GS70 unregistered

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

91. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 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...

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Bring out the beast!!!!

29. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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? :-\

38. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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

13. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 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.

93. Pogma9

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

S5 mini isn't underpowered....

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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!

31. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

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

54. av911

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

68. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

69. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

22. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

35. Macready

Posts: 1811; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

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

50. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah crappy mini with slow soc and not as good camera. Another blind samsung lover..

4. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 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?

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