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We've been bamboozled yet again - There will be no Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini

This happens every year. It's starting to feel like deja vu. (Source: Blerds Online)
This happens every year. It's starting to feel like deja vu. (Source: Blerds Online)
Recently, there have been reports of what appeared to be a Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini. More details of that device have been revealed and it would seem that we've been bamboozled yet again, with the device apparently a Galaxy S9 variant designed exclusively for the Chinese market.
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Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous rumors touting the imminent launch of what looked to be the Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini.

Unfortunately, they were all wrong.

The device made an appearance on TENAA a few days ago with the model number SM-G8850, a Snapdragon 845, and a few other non-details. It would seem that most sources were way off the mark, as it has been revealed that the device in question is just another Galaxy S9, and not a mini of any sorts.

The device has been listed in full by TENAA, and the listing shows it featuring a 5.8-inch non-curved display, a slightly overclocked Exynos 9810, an 8 MP selfie camera, and a dual rear camera setup (12 MP + 12 MP). Speaking of cameras, the camera placement on the device looks a lot like the iPhone X's. The fingerprint sensor also sees a slight shift upwards as a result.

The SM-G8850 is most likely an S9 variant built for the Chinese market. Samsung's market share in China has plummeted over the past few months to a miserable 0.8% and this could be an attempt by the company to regain a semblance of a foothold in that market, hence the appeal to a more "fruity" design.

Over the past few years, we've had reports of Mini versions of the Samsung Galaxy S flagships, all of which have turned out to be false. As much as it hurts, it's about time we came to terms with the fact that Samsung will not be releasing a compact flagship. The last Mini flagship was the S5 Mini, and it wasn't an amazing device at the time. The market for a device of that size just isn't large enough for Samsung to take the plunge.

Adios, Galaxy S9 Mini. We never knew you but you will be missed nonetheless.

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Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - Senior Tech Writer - 1833 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I like tech, simple as. Half the time, you can catch me writing snarky sales copy. The rest of the time, I'm either keeping readers abreast with the latest happenings in the mobile tech world or watching football. I worked as both a journo and freelance content writer for a couple of years before joining the Notebookcheck team in 2017. Feel free to shoot me some questions on Twitter or Reddit if it so tickles thine fancy.
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Ricci Rox, 2018-04-17 (Update: 2018-04-17)