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, and we're still waiting for the Galaxy S8 Mini to surface - it's looking likely that this won't happen now, given how close we are to the release of the next Galaxy.
There is talk that Samsung could be returning to the compact format with next year's Galaxy S9, however.
Leaker Ice Universe has suggested via Weibo that Samsung is working on “an ultra-small full-screen mobile phone”.
He says 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.
For all we know he could be referring to the next update to Samsung's Galaxy A line, which traditionally copies the design of the flagship series but is a year behind.
If a Galaxy S9 Mini is in development, we would hope that Samsung goes 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). A first in the industry, Samsung says this unlocks a max download speed of 1.2 gigabits per second that would allow you to download an HD movie in just 10 seconds, and eliminate buffering.
We'd also expect to see the new dual-camera introduced with the Galaxy Note 8, which features dual-optical image stabilisation.
Let us know in the comments below what you'd like to see in a Galaxy S9 Mini.
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