Every year, Samsung releases a new Galaxy S model. It’s their top of the line series with top of the line specs, and latest features. Samsung also releases all low to mid-range phones throughout the year. One phone that’s almost a given is a Galaxy S “mini” phone. Think of it as a Galaxy S phone with last year’s specs, or with budget specs. It’s for those people who want a Galaxy S phone, but don’t want to pay the hefty price or want the larger display size.
As of typing, the Galaxy S7 mini is a rumored phone. Samsung is expected the phone any day now. The specifications shared in this article are subject to change; they are currently based on leaks.
Body & Display
The Galaxy S7 mini will have a water-resistant design similar to the Galaxy S7, but in a smaller body. Expect a 4.6” Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display - plenty sharp and bright. It will be protected by Gorilla Glass 4 - the very latest version - so you rest assured it will be more durable than your average phone.
As of mid-2016, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge have the best cameras in a phone. This is thanks to a larger than average sensor, with a larger than average aperture - meaning it takes natural photos in daylight, and decent photos in low-light situations. The Galaxy S7 mini is expected to have a similar 12MP camera with a f/1.7 aperture. Phase detection autofocus, LED flash, geotagging, face detection are standard features to expect from such a phone. The selfie camera takes 5MP wide angle photos, and will work well in low-light.
When phones go down in size, their chips are one of the first to take a hit. Surprisingly, at least based on rumors, the Galaxy S7 mini’s chips are competitive with high-end phones. The Snapdragon 820 chip has four cores - a dual-core 2.15GHz chip and a dual-core 1.6GHz chip. Combine it with 3GB of RAM for a solid performance! We’ll be pleasantly surprised if it does end up being the same as the rumored specs. 32GB internal storage is being expected, which is great. It’s better than Apple iPhone SE’s base 16GB model.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow will definitely come built-in since this is a new Android phone, and a Galaxy S phone at that. Expect it to be upgradeable to later releases of Android, too. Android Nougat is just around the corner now!