There are no details on the Galaxy S2 Plus yet, but the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is rumored to feature a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, downsizing the Galaxy S3's screen by .8 inches, as well as a 5-megapixel camera and a dual-core processor.
The kicker is in the price: the Galaxy S3 Mini would be functionally comparable to the iPhone 5, according to the rumors, but cost about $500 less, if the report is to be believed.
Galaxy S3 Mini vs. iPhone 5
J. Gold Associates analyst Jack Gold told TechRadar over the phone today that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is certainly a possibility.
"Well, considering the iPhone 5 isn't even out yet, and everyone's already talking about it," Gold said, "Could they do it? Of course."
The implication is that Samsung had better have some tricks up its sleeves if it wants to compete with whatever market-hogging monster Apple is preparing to unleash.
"There are two things that Samsung obviously needs to worry about," Gold continued. "One is the hype cycle - so no matter what they would come out with, you know, does it get blown away by the Apple hype cycle?
"And the second one is: if they come out with something that's not - even if they come out before Apple - that isn't competitive with the iPhone 5, then it's not going to be looked at. Not very well."
"What the market demands"
"I think no matter what you come out with, people are going to have complaints about it," Gold said.
"I like the Galaxy Note, but, you know, a lot of people look at it and say, 'I'd never carry that thing. It's too big.'"
He said that's just the way the market works, "just like car manufacturers have, you know, trucks and cars and SUVs and minis and smart cars and all the rest."
"Apple's got the same issue," Gold continued. "The reason they're going to come out with the [iPad Mini] is because there are people who want something smaller."
He said device makers can't be blamed for wanting to have as much variety as possible.
"It's what the market demands," he concluded. "The problem is the market is so fickle that the phone companies now have to release a phone every three to six months."