The South Korean giant may soon launch a smaller sized version of its latest Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone starting with its home market in Korea.
Expected to be called Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini, the new phone will come with a 5.3-inch edge-to-edge or infinity display compared to the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8.
The move gains significance as Samsung had stopped producing Mini variants post its Galaxy S5 smartphone.
In terms of specifications, the iPhone 7-sized Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini is expected to come with 32GB of internal memory, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM making it similar to Google Pixel.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini, which is also expected to be expandable via microSD, is rumoured to sport a 12-megapixel camera and iris recognition.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
The rumours caught wind after tech tipster Roland Quandt tweeted that Samsung had accidentally posted about another Galaxy smartphone an as-yet unannounced Galaxy S8 update.
The tipster had found a phone with model number G892A on the Samsung Knox website. He later tweeted: “Samsung Galaxy S8 Active SM-G892A mentioned on Samsung’s website”.
The phone the tipster was referring is likely to be a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. The Active variant is expected to drop Samsung Galaxy S8’s signature features such as the infinity display to make it more durable.
Other leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will have a far bulkier design that stops it from shattering. It’s also rumoured to include a larger 4,000 mAh battery and MIL STD-810G military standard resistance to dust and water.
However, there are no official announcements as to when these phones will be launched and if at all will be made available to all markets. But if released in India, it may give the OnePlus and other flagship killers a run for their money.