Samsung Galaxy S9 too costly? A cheaper variant is in the making

The last time that Samsung launched such a device was Galaxy S5 Mini in 2014.

By Chandrika Jana

    Samsung seems to be working on a mini variant of its newly launched flagship Galaxy S9. A smartphone bearing the model number SM-G8750 has been spotted on Geekbench, along with some of its key specs. While the name of the phone is not mentioned, the device is speculated to be the mini variant of the Galaxy S9.

    Samsung Galaxy S9 too costly? A cheaper variant is in the making

    According to the Geekbench database, the alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The benchmark listing further reveals, the smartphone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. It managed to score 1619 points in the single-core test and 5955 in the multi-core test.

    Looking at the specs, we can say that the Galaxy S9 Mini will be a mid-range smartphone. In any case, we can't draw any conclusions yet as more information is expected to emerged in the following days. However, we can make an educated guess about the phone's price. Since the mini variant is basically the watered-down version of the Galaxy S9, it would be not too costly.

    Late last year, reports coming out of South Korea claimed that Samsung would launch the Galaxy S9 Mini alongside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. However, this never happened. Do note that, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S7 were also rumored to have a mini variant, but the rumors didn't pan out.

    In fact, the last time that the company launched such a device was the Galaxy S5 Mini in the year 2014. So we recommend you to take this 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.

    As mentioned, Samsung has not issued any statement on this regard. So we are not tossing out the possibility of the SM-G8750 being some other device. 

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