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Samsung is believed to be working on a mini variant of the Galaxy S9 flagship. A smartphone with model number SM-G8750 was spotted on Geekbench last week. The Geekbench listing showed the smartphone would come with a Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM and Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
Another smartphone with the similar model number (SM-G8850) has now been spotted on the Chinese certification site TENAA. Rumors have it, the SM-G8850 is the Chinese variant of the Samsung Galaxy S9 mini.
The TENAA listing reveals the alleged Galaxy S9 mini is powered by an octa-core processor with the clock frequency of 2.8GHz. While the name of the chipset is not specified, it could be the same Exynos 9810 SoC used in the Galaxy S9.
The SM-G8850 is also listed on TENAA with a 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen.
According to the image posted on TENAA, the smartphone has a vertically stacked dual-camera setup at its back. Just below the camera setup, there is an LED flash module. You can also spot the fingerprint scanner positioned towards the top-center.
Looking at Samsung's history, the last time the company launched such a device was in 2014. So you are recommended to take the information with a pinch of salt or two.
Some manufacturers including Sony (and HTC at one point of time) come up with 'mini' versions of their flagships. The mini versions usually come with similar hardware specs to their larger siblings, but a few differences in the display size, screen resolution, and battery capacity.
While we have not received any official confirmation yet, we can probably guess why Samsung would launch a mini variant of the Galaxy S9.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are really impressive flagships, but not everyone has the means to purchase the smartphones. Hence, the company has presumably decided to come up with a cheaper option that will carry some specifications of the Galaxy S9.
Now we have to wait to see if the rumors eventually pan out to be true. Do let us know in the comments if you want a mini variant of the Galaxy S9.