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Samsung cancels plans for the S8 Mini

We've been had.
We've been had.
Despair, ye folks who love pint-sized devices, Samsung will not be continuing with their plans for an S8 Mini!

A few days ago, we reported news of a planned S8 Mini that gave lovers of smaller-sized devices something to look forward to. Apparently, we've been bamboozled. New information claims that any plans Samsung had for releasing the S8 Mini have been canceled. Ergo, there will be no S8 Mini.

The S8 Mini was supposed to be a smaller, less powerful version of the S8. Previous information pointed towards a 5.3" display—albeit with Samsung's new 18:5:9 aspect ratio that would give it the feel of a 4.7" device—and Qualcomm's flagship SoC from last year, the Snapdragon 821. All of this has turned out to be for naught, as Samsung will not be going ahead with production of the device.

The OEM reportedly attributes this decision to a few factors;

  • They are finding it hard to produce enough display panels, especially with the Note 8 set for release in the near future
  • They don't see much of a point in producing a less powerful version of their flagship, especially considering it's just 1" smaller. 
  • The previous Mini devices weren't as successful as they'd have liked, in terms of pure sales numbers.

Also, there may be fear that an S8 Mini would detract from sales of the S8.

It's a pity that what could have been a great device never even got to see the light of day. There's always the Xperia XZ1 Compact, we suppose.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-07- 8 (Update: 2017-07- 8)