Over the years, we’ve seen lots of smartphone manufacturers try and use the branding of their main flagship handsets to sell smaller phones – with mixed results. On one hand, you’ve got phones like the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, a solidly equipped, scaled-down version of the Z5 proper. On the other hand, there are phones that resemble their flagship brethren in name only, and seriously short-change users on specs. Samsung’s managed to fall somewhere between the two extremes with its Galaxy S mini models, with specs that aren’t always utter garbage, but pretty consistently fail to come even close to those of real Galaxy S phones. Last year came and went without a Galaxy S6 mini, but could the brand return for a GS7 edition? A new rumor suggests it’s a possibility, and with maybe the most impressive Galaxy S mini specs to date.
The rumor claims that Samsung’s working on a GS7 mini that, while it would make concessions like a 720p resolution for its 4.6-inch screen, could get a sizable 3GB of RAM and, more importantly, rock the same Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 silicon as the Galaxy S7 itself.
Before you start going and getting together money for a pre-order, we’ve yet to see any corroboration for this idea – and there are aspects of it that sound quite odd, like a possible 3x optical zoom for the phone’s main camera that manages not to stick out from the handset’s body (like on the ASUS ZenFone Zoom). We’ve never seen anything like that on a Samsung device, and while it would certainly be a great way to draw attention to the return of the Galaxy S mini, it’s more than just a little hard to believe.
That said, we would love this rumor to be true, so we’ll be on the lookout for any evidence that might possibly support the idea.