Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini rumors, specifications, release date: Small S6 passes benchmark test, may be out early 2016


There are rumors going around the Internet about a Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini.

A device under the model name Samsung SM-W2016 passed GFX Bench’s test, notes Digital Spy. The said test was conducted by a company that performs benchmarking services, measuring targets on graphics and computation performances, and developing software products and tools. The same news portal observes that the result on the specifications on the said test seems to point to a smaller-sized Galaxy S6. 

Rumor has it that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini will come with a 4.6-inch screen display at 1280 x 768 pixels. It will be powered by an Exynos 7420 processor, similar to the processor that runs the S6, along with a hexacore CPU. However, the GFX Bench test, if it is indeed pertaining to the said device, indicates an octa-core CPU at 2.1 Ghz, with four Cortex A53 and four Cortex A57 cores, along with an ARM Mali-T760 MP8 GPU.

Aside from these, the device is also speculated to come with a 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. For its camera, the rear shooter is guessed to come at 15 megapixels, along with several features such as autofocus, flash, face detection, HDR focus, and touch focus, while its front shooter is said to come at 5 megapixels. 

Although there is no official statement from Samsung yet, rumors suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini may come out in early 2016 instead of a late 2015 release. 

Meanwhile, there are also rumors about a Samsung Galaxy S7 that is also slated for a January 2016 announcement and a possible March 2016 release date. It is said to be coming in two sizes, with improved camera specifications, faster chipset and processor, as well as a USB Type-C port, iris scanner, and wireless charging, notes Digital Spy

The two rumors could not possibly pertain to the same device, but at the moment, it is unconfirmed which handset will indeed be launched to the market and when. The S6 Mini has been a topic in rumor mills for several months now, making it bleaker that an S7 model will be out next year. In the meantime, fans will just have to wait for an official announcement from the South Korean company.