iPhone SE vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Mini: What’s the Best Smartphone?

A man looks at the iPhone 6s on the day of its official launch, on September 25, 2015 at an Apple store in Paris. AFP PHOTO/JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

How do the rumored Galaxy S7 Mini and the iPhone SE measure up? (Getty)

Samsung is rumored to be working on its own compact phone that will compete directly with the iPhone SE. International Business Times and a report from Taiwan shared the rumored details of this new phone. How will the two phones measure up?

Here’s what you need to know.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Mini will be a more compact version of its impressive Galaxy S7. Unlike other compact phones that Samsung has released, this one is rumored to still have high-end configurations. The phone will have a 4.6-inch display screen, as compared to the SE’s smaller 4-inch screen. The S7 Mini will have a 720p screen resolution.

As far as processors, the S7 will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset or Samsung’s Exynos 8890 chip. Meanwhile, the iPhone SE has an impressive A9 processor. According to Forbes, the Snapdragon and Exynos are quad-core design. Snapdragon has a 2.2 gigahertz clock speed. Apple’s A9 runs at 1.85 Ghz. However, Forbes reported that the differences between the two chips are essentially minor. The phones built on top of the processors are what really count.

The Samsung mini will have 3 GB of RAM. Its camera will be a 12 MP, just like the SE’s camera. The Samsung Mini might also be water-resistant, like its larger counterpart. Meanwhile, the iPhone SE will likely sport the same water resistance that we’ve seen in the iPhone 6, which measures up to Samsung.

It looks like the two phones are going to be measuring up pretty closely. Of course, the Samsung Mini isn’t guaranteed at this point; it’s just a rumor. But if you prefer Android phones, you might want to wait around and see what’s coming. However, at the SE’s low starting price, it’s a very tempting buy.


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