Samsung’s answer to iPhone SE to be just as powerful as Galaxy S7

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 mini could be pretty special. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung is already developing a Galaxy S7 mini that will go head-to-head with Apple’s upcoming iPhone SE, according to a new report — and it won’t be a disappointing version of its latest flagship like previous iterations of the Galaxy S mini series have been.

Instead, the new device is expected to pack exactly the same processor — and exactly the same punch — as its bigger brother.

According to sources familiar with Samsung’s plans, some versions of the Galaxy S7 mini will pack the same Snapdragon 820 processor that makes the Galaxy S7 the fastest smartphone you can buy right now. Others will be powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 8890 chip.

That’s Exynos 8890 chip is what you’ll find in almost all Galaxy S7 handsets purchased outside of the U.S. and South Korea — like the one we reviewed.

Other Galaxy S7 mini specifications are said to include 3GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera (it’s unclear if this will be the Galaxy S7’s awesome new camera), and a 4.6-inch 720p display. The device is expected to measure 9.9mm thick.

These are pretty exciting specifications for a Galaxy S mini smartphone. Previous entries to this series have been incredibly disappointing, with entry-level specifications combined with a design that looks slightly similar to their high-end counterparts.

But if Samsung wants to compete with iPhone SE, which will reportedly use the same A9 processor you’ll find in iPhone 6 and flagship features like Touch ID and Apple Pay, then the Galaxy S7 mini needs to be good.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on when Samsung will announce it just yet.