Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite spied as low-cost reprisal of 2017’s best phone

Samsung may be about to drop a low-cost version of 2017’s best handset; the Galaxy S8.

A purported Samsung Galaxy S8 Mini has taken a trip through the offices of communications regulators in China and the United States.

The device appearing in filings with the FCC and TENAA bears the model name SM-G8750 and looks identical to last year’s Galaxy S8 (via PhoneArena).

It even features the same display size of 5.8-inches and same unpopular fingerprint sensor placing at the Galaxy S8.

So what’s the difference?

Well the TENNA filing points to a 2200 x 1080 resolution, which is essentially full HD, compared with the max 2,960 x 1,440 QHD resolution available on the original S8.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Galaxy S9

The rear camera is also different. It’s now 16-megapixels, compared to the 12-megapixel snapper on the Galaxy S8.

S8 Lite

However, while that may sound like an improvement, it’s actually the lower-end 16-megapixel sensor featured on Samsung’s A-Series models.

It looks like this model has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor (rather than the Snapdragon 835), with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, according to the listing. Running the show is a 3,000mAh battery.

There’s no indication of a release date or price, but it’s likely to be much cheaper than last year’s S8 and perhaps even more affordable than the A8 smartphone.

Does this look like the budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy phone you’ve been waiting for? Drop us a line @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.