While the world is waiting for Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE, Samsung is apparently in plans to rival the new iPhone model with its Galaxy S7 mini. The new Galaxy series smartphone is rumoured to have almost the same hardware that featured on the Galaxy S7 flagship.
As spotted by Samsung’s unofficial blog SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S7 mini is claimed to be unveiled sometime in the coming future with 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 chipset options. The mini version smartphone is also rumoured to have 3GB of RAM and would come in a 9.9mm thick build.
Unlike the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy S7 mini is said to feature a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED display with HD (1280×720 pixels) resolution. The smartphone is also reported to have a “periscope lens” to enable 3x optical zoom. This could be something similar to the recently launched Asus Zenfone Zoom.
Even though the arrival of the Galaxy S7 mini at the time of the iPhone SE launch would be a competitive move for the Korean giant, its authentication is still in the dark. The company was previously rumoured for the Galaxy S6 mini but all that turned out to be false. It wasn’t launched as the successor to the Galaxy S5 mini.
Well that being said, things are changing swiftly. Samsung is perhaps the second tech company after Apple that might consider the need of palm-size smartphones. It would initially just to take on the new 4-inch iPhone, though.
Market analysts aren’t presuming the iPhone SE as a “game changer” for the smartphone market as a whole. But for Samsung and even for other Android OEMs like HTC and Sony, the new iPhone model would be a benchmark. It would help them, at least, gain some focus.
Therefore, not just the Samsung Galaxy S7 mini but some other mini version flagships may also hit the market following the launch of the iPhone SE.