Samsung to allegedly launch a stripped-down version of its flagship, the Galaxy S8. This smartphone as per a report by Taiwanese publication ITHome will be called the Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini. It has also been reported that the smartphone will come with a smaller display and less powerful hardware than Samsung’s current flagship. The report also confirmed the Galaxy S8 Mini will be launching in South Korea within this year.
The Galaxy S8 Mini will come with a 5.3-inch display, which as per the report can be used with a single hand. However, the screen resolution hasn’t been mentioned. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, which is a step down from the Snapdragon 835 SoC being currently used in the Galaxy S8. The phone will come with 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card. As for the camera, the S8 Mini will come with the same 12-megapixel primary camera which comes installed in the Galaxy S8, along with sporting an Iris scanner.
In May the company reported selling over 5 million units of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus within a month of launch. The decision of bringing the S8 Mini seems like a great decision, as people wanted an even more compact version of the flagship.
TechnoBuffalo has also reported that LG might be launching a mini version of its flagship, the G6. The alleged LG G6 Mini, which is reportedly being branded as the LG Q6 might be able to rival the Galaxy S8 Mini and give Samsung a run for its money. The report from TechnoBuffalo also mentioned that LG will only be bringing the LG Q6 to emerging markets, and will not launch the device in developed markets like America.