Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini Reportedly On Track To Challenge iPhone SE

When it comes to today's smartphones, it seems as though bigger is better in the eyes of consumers. The original iPhone shipped with a 3.5-inch display, but the current iPhone X ships with a 5.8-inch display. Likewise, Samsung is currently selling the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 which have 6.2- and 6.3-inch displays respectively.

According to a new report out of South Korea, Samsung may be looking to go in the opposite direction with a Galaxy S9 Mini. This would be a premium device in the same mold as the expected Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, but with a 4-inch-class display. The Galaxy S9 Mini would retain the design hallmarks of the Galaxy family including the curved display edges and minimal bezels.

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We should take this news with a huge grain of salt, however. The rumor-mill also promised that there would be "Mini" versions of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8, but those reports never materialized.

Premium smartphones with displays smaller than 5-inches have largely been abandoned by manufactures due to lack of customer interest. However, Sony does product the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which offers a potent Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in a 4.6-inch form-factor. In addition, Apple still produces the iPhone SE which features a 4-inch display and iPhone 6s-class hardware.

Speaking of the iPhone SE, the smartphone is likely up for a hardware refresh next Spring, so it will be interesting to see if Apple resists the urge to make the screen larger and sticks with the tried-and-true 4-inch form-factor.