It seems like every year the rumor mill reliably cranks out some buzz about the possible release of a mini version of Samsung's latest flagship. And now, right on time, we're hearing about the Galaxy S9 mini. But should we believe it this time?
Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini could feature a curved screen less than 5 inches across
The trend followed by the manufacturers in the last two years is to implement increasingly large displays capable of optimizing the user experience. Bezelless displays, which are increasingly popular in high-end smartphones, allow large screens without having to exaggerate the size of the device. But there are still some who prefer more compact devices and at the moment it is Sony that offers the best solution.
Samsung set aside its Mini line after the release of the Galaxy S5 mini in 2014. And according to known leaker Ice Universe, Samsung Electronics is gearing up to produce a high-end smartphone with a display of less than 5 inches, the S9 Mini.
The S9 Mini is expected to arrive in March next year, along with the S9 and S9 Plus, and it seems that it will join its big siblings in offering up a curved screen. No detail on the format (18.5:9 to match the brand's latest flagships?) and other technical specifications, but if Ice Universe is right about this, the S9 Mini will be released together with S9 and S9 Plus.
The S9 Mini: Size isn't everything
It's too soon to say whether an S9 Mini will see the light of day. Even Ice Universe is cautious, saying he's not sure if it will be released. For now, the leaks cannot be verified. Past experience has shown us that rumors about a compact version of the Galaxy S range don't usually translate to a real device.
If the S9 Mini is really coming, I hope it will at least be a high-end device, and not a mid-range disguised in an S9 shell. After all, Samsung already offers a valid cheaper alternative to its flagship Galaxy S, namely the Galaxy A5, which not only picks up its premium look but also some features. And then there is the Galaxy J range, for those who want to spend even less money. Right now it's the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact that is the darling of lovers of small phones, but Samsung could be making a move to steal their hearts.
Personally, I don't like bulky devices and I also had a Galaxy S Mini, the S3, to be precise. Portable and durable, it was a good companion but now I couldn't go back to a similar device. And I'm not so much talking about size, because with a bezelless screen you can find a good compromise. I'm talking about performance. It wasn't exactly a high-end device but many years have passed since the brand's last Mini and technology has moved on. Samsung knows how to match a good user experience to different price ranges, for a Galaxy S9 Mini to really make an impact, it will need to be a small miracle of high-end specs in a tiny house.
At the moment I find it hard to believe that in March, together with the S9 and S9 Plus, the S9 Mini will also arrive but who knows, I could be wrong.
What do you think? Have you ever had a Galaxy S Mini? If so, which?
Source: Ice Universe on Weibo