Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 earlier this year along with the larger Galaxy S8+. Shortly, after the two premium smartphones hit the market, rumors regarding a scaled down variant started to surface. A recent report has revealed that such a version is indeed in the works, and it could be called the Galaxy S8 Mini or the Galaxy S8 Lite.
Spotted by German blog, winfuture.de on a benchmarking website, the smaller Galaxy S8 will be powered by the yet-to-be-announced quad-core Snapdragon 840 chipset. It is worth mentioning that a Snapdragon 840 chipset on Galaxy S8 Mini feels a little out of place. To recall, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ ship with Snapdragon 835 SoC in the US. This makes the smaller smartphone more powerful and specced up on paper than the flagship devices. In India, the premium smartphones ship with company’s Exynos 8895 chipsets. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8+ 6GB RAM variant price reportedly slashed by Rs 4,000
Unfortunately, the benchmark listing doesn’t offer any further details on the purported Galaxy S8 Mini. From what we know so far, the smartphone will run on Android Nougat 7.1.2 out-of-the-box. Also, benchmark spotting doesn’t necessarily confirm an actual device launch, and it could merely be a prototype being tested. Also, a Samsung tipster from China earlier this month claimed that the South Korean giant will not be announcing the alleged Galaxy S8 Mini smartphone.
If indeed Samsung aims to launch a Galaxy S8 Mini, then the smartphone could only hit the market towards the end of this year. For now, Samsung already has Galaxy Note 8 in the pipeline, which is could be launched on August 23.