A rumor from Taiwan surfaced saying that Samsung will counter the Apple iPhone SE with an Galaxy S7 with a 4.6-inch display.
Apple is reportedly to reveal a 4-inch iPhone SE on March 21. Samsung is not sitting idle according to a report. The company is planning to release a Samsung Galaxy S7 mini to battle the new small iPhone according to rumor coming out of Taiwan.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 mini is reportedly featuring a 4.6-inch screen with 720p resolution, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890 CPU and a 12MP camera with 3x optical zoom. The camera lens is supposed to be flush and not protrude in a 9.9mm thin body.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 mini would be almost as powerful as a normal Galaxy S7. This is similar to the iPhone SE concept of providing state-of-the-art performance in small package.
Samsung was the one who made the large screen sizes in smartphone a must. Apple had to follow when it introduced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now Samsung is the one who follows Apple to a smaller screen phone if the report on Taiwanese AppleDaily is true. At this point we cannot confirm the report.
As all other smartphone makers, Samsung made small screen smartphones in the past. In the Galaxy series, the last small model was a Galaxy S5 mini. A Galaxy S6 mini was rumored ahead of the Galaxy S6 launch but never came.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge just went on sale and initial numbers indicate that it will be selling better than the Galaxy S6. When Samsung would introduce a Galaxy S7 mini is unclear.
If the small smartphone segment is going to be sizable remains to be seen. I remain very skeptical. Maybe after Apple is explaining in the March 21 event why we want an iPhone with a 4-inch screen again, I will change my mind.
The Apple iPhone SE event takes place in one week on Monday, March 21, 10am PDT at the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino.
Update 03/15/16: The Galaxy S7 mini rumor has been spreading over the past 24 hours. It is worthwhile noting that I4U News was the first English language news site to break the Taiwanese report. There is no new information about a small Galaxy S7 available and Samsung has not reacted yet to the rumor.