Rumors surrounding a possible Galaxy S8 Mini continue to circulate after new benchmarks for the device appeared on Geekbench. Samsung hasn’t released a “Mini” version of its flagship since the Galaxy S5 Mini in 2014, but many would say there’s a greater need for one now.
It certainly looked like Samsung had scrapped its Mini smartphone lineup for good, and according to one trusted source, there is no plan for a Galaxy S8 Mini right now. Despite this, a device with the SM-G9600 model number has appeared on Geekbench. For reference, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have the model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955 respectively.
The device is equipped with a new 1.7GHz Snapdragon 840 processor, which is thought to be an upgraded version of the Snapdragon 820, rather than a successor to the Snapdragon 835 chip used in the latest flagships (including the Galaxy S8). It also appears to be packing 4GB of RAM, and Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
It’s not clear how big the handset’s display is, but as its name suggests, the Galaxy S8 Mini would be a more compact version of the Galaxy S8. Now that Samsung’s flagships are bigger than ever, the need for a smaller version for those who don’t like phablets is greater than ever. But, of course, benchmarks don’t confirm anything.
Geekbench entries are easily faked, and even when they are genuine, they are not a guarantee of things to come. Samsung may well be testing a new device with the SM-G9600 model number, but for now we’re yet to see proof it is a Galaxy S8 Mini — or that it will ever see the light of day.
Don’t get your hopes up just yet, then.