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Galaxy S7 Mini could compete with 4-inch iPhone SE

Samsung is rumored to be working on a Galaxy S7 Mini, intended to compete with Apple's as-yet-unannounced 4-inch iPhone SE. Last year, Samsung announced the death of the Mini series with the rebirth of the A series, saying "A is the new Mini", so what's going on?

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The S7 siblings are attracting a lot of attention, could Samsung take full advantage of it with an S7 Mini? / © ANDROIDPIT

It seems that the interest that Apple has attracted with the iPhone SE may have started a reactionary war between smartphone worlds. Only a few months ago, Samsung announced the death of the S Mini series, replacing it with a pair of new A models, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5.

This move was intended to provide more affordable alternatives to the flagship models without damaging the premium brand of the S series. The problem is that these devices are not as popular as the flagship devices, precisely because they lack the prestige and power.

It now seems that Apple has put Samsung on the back foot with the imminent announcement of its iPhone SE. This device is set to be a very compact four inches, but it is also said to pack almost identical hardware to its big brother, the iPhone 6S, lacking only 3D Touch functionality.

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The Galaxy A3 and A5 were last year's replacements for the S6 Mini. / © ANDROIDPIT

Now, a rumor out of Taiwan, reported by I4U news, suggests that Samsung plans to respond to this move with a 4.6-inch Galaxy S7 Mini.

Although larger than Apple's attempt, the S7 Mini is said to contain either the Exynos 8890 or Snapdragon 820 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and 12 MP rear camera. This set up would make it a premium device, as powerful as the S7 devices proper, and a cut above the A series.

If this rumor proves true, it would appear to be a knee-jerk reaction from Samsung, an attempt to squeeze a few more sales from Apple.

What do you think of the possibility of an S7 Mini? Is Samsung right to counteract Apple's iPhone SE?


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  • Brad Hale 7 months ago Link to comment

    I have the s4 mini....I love the size. I can easily tuck it away in my pocket. I have been waiting for a newer Samsung mini. Better camera, faster, and water resistant. I hope they make it with the same spec just smaller size... Sign me up!

  • ljhaye 7 months ago Link to comment

    Remember most android OEM's abandoned the smaller screen sizes because they couldn't compete with Apple at that screen size. Apple has long dominated both 3.5" and 4" and will will continue to do so. There is a legitimate segment of the population that wants a 4" screen size not 4.6"/4.7" I'm waiting for android to make a true mini phone not another 4.6"/4.7" traditional phone. I wouldn't be surprised that battery life was a large issue at the size. Lastly I'm annoyed with Samsung aping every and I mean every Apple move. Although I'm glad they didn't make a faux 3D Touch.

  • I think Samsung should always release their Flagship phones in three flavors.

    Mini can have 4.5 inch screen.
    Normal can have 5.1
    Edge version should be the big brother with 5.5 inch screen.

    That way they get three different audiences who want different screen sizes for their phones but the specs should be very similar else it loses the appeal.

  • mini is shi** because the screen is so small. i am used to have at least 5.5 inches

  • Flávio 7 months ago Link to comment

    I'm a happy user of an s5 mini for a year+ '-' but i got tired of small screens, but it's still nice to use a device with one hand so i totally think the 4.5" phones should exist, with a decent hardware.

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    anshul 7 months ago Link to comment

    For sure both of these companies will compete to maintain their market share.

  • I would love a S7 mini. I love the 4.6in screen size. 4in is a bit to small, 5in can feel a little to big depending on the app. 4.6in is just right - HTC Evo 4g LTE was my favorite phone, even with poor battery life and overheating. If is has similar enough specs and the same water resistance, I may just switch to Samsung. Price is the only thing that will keep me from the S7, but a close enough alternative for a lower cost, color me excited.

    And before anyone mentions the Moto G, I'm on verizon and can't use it.

  • Used a S5 mini.It was terrible.

  • There Samsung go again! Copying

    • Copying.. From Apple? That copied the mini version concept from Samsung? Is that what you're saying?

      • Sony makes the best compact phone but Samsung and the rest dumped the idea of mini phones, but they now see that sonys compact is a good seller so they have to get on the bandwagon and start making one

      • Jalaleen 6 months ago Link to comment

        Actually it has become a mess. Samsung copied from Apple. Then Samsung left few of their designs and moved to another. Apple copied those designs of Samsung. Now Samsung Copied Apple's what Apple had copied from Samsung. Basically Samsung didn't copy Apple, they only copied the action of copying Samsung's design.. Damn.. Even I do'nt understand what I just wrote..Just remember one thing.. Both of the idiots are copying each other again and again.. Now we are not even sure who copied who..

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