As the years pass by we become less and less hopeful that Samsung will produce a Mini version of its Galaxy S-series flagship. The last we saw was the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini. There is talk that Samsung could be returning to the compact format with the Galaxy S9, however.
Leaker Ice Universe in late-2017 suggested via Weibo that Samsung was working on “an ultra-small full-screen mobile phone”.
He said the phone will have the same Infinity Display as the 5.8in Galaxy S8 and 6.2in Galaxy Note 8, but with a smaller 5in diameter, though it's possible he may have been referring to an update to the Galaxy A line.
More recently, though, SlashLeaks has reported on a Galaxy S9 Mini that has appeared in Geekbench (via uSwitch). Although the model is not named, it has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB of RAM and Android Oreo.
If a Galaxy S9 Mini is in development, we had hoped that Samsung would go down the Sony route of reducing the size but not the specification. In which case, we'd expect to see the same specs as those rumoured for the Galaxy S9, but with a slightly smaller-capacity battery given the smaller overall dimensions.
In the UK this would include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which is thought to be a 7nm chip, and the Exynos 9810 elsewhere. The latter is a 10nm chip that features an improved GPU, M3 cores, and support for six carrier aggregation (6CA).
We'd also like to see the new dual-camera introduced with the Galaxy Note 8 and seen in the Galaxy S9+, which features dual-optical image stabilisation.
Let us know in the comments below what you'd like to see in a Galaxy S9 Mini.
Read next: Best new phones coming soon