Samsung to release a mini variant of the Galaxy S8, rumor claims


Back in March we were really hoping the endless barrage of Galaxy S8 leaks would finally stop after the phone's official unveiling. Don't get us wrong — leaks are one of the more interesting phenomenons of the current tech industry landscape, but there's a point to be made that they ruin the fun of having something new and spectacular come out of the blue. We guess it's sort of like spoilers for works of fiction — some people like them, others absolutely despise them. But we digress.

As it turns out, Samsung is really not giving up the S8 branding just yet, and thus, the leaks and rumors keep on coming. We've known for a while of the Galaxy S8 Active, but that one was a no-brainer, really: the Active series has been a longstanding tradition when it comes to Samsung devices. However, a fresh new rumor claims this won't be the only S8 we're yet to see. A Galaxy S8 mini is reportedly coming soon, featuring its bigger siblings' visual design, bit with somewhat more modest internals.

As per the rumor, the S8 mini will not be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, but will instead use last year's Snapdragon 821 (the same one found in the LG G6). It will still feature 4 GB of RAM, but its internal storage will be halved down to a measly 32 GB. As for the size, it will be mini only in comparison with the larger S8 models, as its screen is said to be 5.3-inches in diagonal, though it will keep the same Infinity Display design. Its top and bottom bezels, however, will be taller. The camera is said to remain unchanged, meaning a 12 MP Dual Pixel shooter is in order.

Take this one with a grain of salt or ten, though — the original source of the rumor didn't actually bother informing us where its intel comes from. Furthermore, Samsung buried the Galaxy mini brand all the way back in 2014 with the S5 mini, and people haven't exactly been clamoring for its resurrection.

Whatever the case, though, the market for high-end devices with a small form factor has been relatively untapped for the past couple years, save for the iPhone SE, so Samsung moving back in could prove to be a good business decision. However, it may be time for everyone to start speculating on what other S-branded variants the company will raise from the dead next: Galaxy S8 Neo? S8 Sport?

...Hopefully neither one, actually.

source: ITHome (translated) via GSMArena

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25 Comments

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

So it's a slightly upgraded a5 and a slightly downgrade s8..

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Well, Samsung's line-up has a HUGE dent right in the mid-range... We've either The Snapdragon 835 totting S8 or The A7 with an Exynos Chipset which is comparable with The Snapdragon 626... And that's a HUGE gap, I'd say... Hence my previous remarks regarding The SD650 or 660 with a watered-down Kryo found in SD821... Oh well, G'Day!

2. notfair

Posts: 745; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Why not with SD660?

7. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why not keep the 835, 64GB, and the overall bezeless design of the S8? If they're going to downgrade lots of these stuff, it's pointless for them to call it S8 Mini, just give it a new name then.

22. dimas

Posts: 3374; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Market share. People buying compact phones are getting fewer each year so companies don't have the urgency to beef up the specs. If rumors are true, then S8 mini= A3 (2018)

24. IosDroid

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

That's because there are no decent alternatives. S8 mini with good specs would be great.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I prefer to take it with a 'truck load of salt' to be honest... It doesn't make ANY sense at all... At least not to this old man... Now, if it was a SD650 or perhaps the latest SD660 with performance on par with The 808, then I'd have said; "Yeah... Maybe"... But SD820...? Well, that's: #FakeNEWS... I couldn't find a better way to put it more 'delicately'... G'Day!

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Not necessarily. If it went with a mid range chip and an S8 branding, it could tarnish the brand. The 821 will be bought at a discount compared to an 835 on the parts side, so it keeps power while still being cheaper. They could just knock the screen down to 1080p and slow the processor up a bit to elevate the battery times.

19. warrenellis93

Posts: 545; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

it might be for prepaid and it probably wont have a glass back so their design language can trickle down to everybody.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1500; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Make sense, crap comes in all shapes and sizes.

12. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Yes, you were born.

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Hypocrite much? Weren't you one of those PC pussies complaining about a "yo mama" joke I made a few months back? Yet here you are, attacking someone cause they think the phone you like is ass. Gotta love the double standard...

14. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Attacking someone's mom is completely different than attacking him personally. It's not even close.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

How? My personal self-esteem is a great deal more important to me than some dude on the web making jokes about my mother whom they have never interacted with.

17. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If that's the case, why would you insult someone you never interacted with? And for me, and almost everyone I know, family is when you step over the red line, you can joke and insult me all you want, but not them.

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Attacking someone's mom is completely different than attacking him personally" I experienced that several years back. I and a friend were jokingly insulting each other, and I bashed his mom in a rebuttal insult, and the guy got pissed, telling me to address the insult to him personally, and not involve his mom in it. That's why if I want to bash someone on PA, I'll attack him directly and not involve his mom or wife or family or anyone other that him.

21. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You're not tough, so stop with the act.

8. TechGirl90 unregistered

Samsung, you have the Alpha series for your Entry-Level Devices, you have the J series for your Mid-Level Devices, and you have the S/Note Series for your Flagship-Level Devices. Stop making so many phones!, I know you have the revenue to develop so many products, but that doesn't mean you should recklessly spend it, you don't need to make a mini S8 in a category where the Alpha Series and J Series exist. Some of you folks can call me a Samsung Hater or Apple Lover (despite me owning HTC Devices, LG Devices, and Nexuses in the past) for what I'm going to say, but Kudos to Apple for focusing on designing 2 Smartphones: The Regular iPhone Series, and the Plus Sized Series, that's it (with the iPhone 5C being the only exception).

10. maherk

Posts: 6891; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree to some point with your argument, but you're missing lots of points throughout of it. 1- It's called the A Series, the Galaxy Alpha was a phone Samsung built to test how the market would respond to them changing the materials they used to use in their flagships, and it's a shame that it got discontinued. 2- Samsung is targeting lots of consumers with their phones, you have the dirty cheap ones for those who only want a phone to call and use WhatsApp with, to the best of the best on the market in the S line. But I agree with you that they're back to doing exactly what everyone criticized them before for, release many variants of the same phone with slight tweeks and a long ass names that do nothing but complicate things for the average consumer. Not just that, it means that many of those newly released phones will not see a single software upgrade. 3- Apple's model of business doesn't work with any other Android OEM, as it is more like comparing Louis Vuitton to Michael Korse, both build quality products, but each are targeting a different market.

9. det_bradlee

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

How about S8 Physical Home Button Edition?

11. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

You have S8 active for that.

16. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

I've actually missed the mini series but I think I'll stick with an A-series rather than getting an S-mini. I could go all the way and get the main one if I need an S

20. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

they got rid of the series because no-one bought them... because they put trash hardware in then. why not keep similar specs to the s8? i dont get it. people would eat that up.

23. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I was a fan of mini phones before but now with the GS8 being so narrow for such a big display, totally not needed anymore. That's the beauty of the GS8 design.

25. atlvideoguy

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Why the galaxy S8 is small as it is!

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