Samsung loves to bring out spin-off devices that capitalize on the good name of its flagship Android smartphone, and the Galaxy S6 is no exception. The Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Active are already here, but what about a smaller more affordable version? Rumors are starting to spread about a Galaxy S6 Mini, so we’ve gathered them up into one handy roundup. Here’s what we’ve heard so far.
Updated on 7-27-2015 by Kyle Wiggers: Added leaked images of the Galaxy S6 mini.
PhoneArena managed to obtain leaked images of the device. Assuming they’re legitimate, the Galaxy S6 Mini looks, unsurprisingly, like a shrunken-down Galaxy S6 — it appears to retain its larger sibling’s metal-and-glass finish, shapely edges, and curvy home screen. There’s no mistaking it for anything other than a Galaxy phone.
Prior to this, a Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-G9198 showed up on the GFX benchmarking website, and its mid-range specification had all the traits we expect from a Galaxy Mini smartphone. However, there’s no confirmation it is going to be the S6 Mini, and may arrive with a different name. Benchmarking figures are also easy to fake, so don’t take any of this as official, or final news.
With this in mind, here’s what the G9198 leak revealed, and because the spec’s good for a Mini phone, we’re hoping the information is accurate. The device shown has a 4.6-inch touchscreen with a 720p resolution, which is not only a slight step up in size from the Galaxy S5 Mini, but is also identical to that of the iPhone 6. Interestingly, the device tested doesn’t use a Samsung Exynos processor, but a hexa-core Snapdragon chip running at 1.7GHz. It’s almost certainly the Snapdragon 808, which is also seen in the LG G4.
The processor is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 11GB of storage (probably 16GB in total), and the phone tested was running Android 5.1.1. The camera is listed as having 15 megapixels (we’d expect that to be 16 megapixels when it’s ready for sale), which is a considerable spec increase over other Galaxy Mini phones. The S5 Mini had an 8-megapixel camera on the rear. Other specs include a 5-megapixel front camera and NFC.
This comprehensive spec leak isn’t the only evidence of the Galaxy S6 Mini’s existence. A phone with the model number SM-929F has been spotted on shipping logs, and the pricing attached suggested it may be a mid-range model.
There has been no information leaked on the S6 Mini’s release, but now the S6 Active is official, we may not have long to wait. We’ll keep you updated with all the Galaxy S6 Mini rumors, and any official news that may come.