It has been rumored to be in the works for quite some time but today, Samsung has finally made it official: Samsung Pay Mini is a real thing. Designed to work with non-Samsung Pay devices, it does not support the platform’s most well-known feature though.
Specifically, Samsung Pay Mini can’t be used to make payments through NFC and magnetic readers at physical retail stores as per Samsung Pay which is currently limited to selected Galaxy smartphones. In Malaysia, Samsung Pay is currently going through open beta test with Maybank and available on both 2017 and 2016 edition of Galaxy A5 and A7 as well as Galaxy S7 edge, S7, S6 edge+, and Note5.
Instead, Samsung Pay Mini can only be used for online transactions. Hence, it is not surprising that the app is also designed to bring shopping experience users directly to their devices including reward membership, lifestyle, and transportation.
Starting with Android devices, Samsung will kick off the Samsung Pay Mini trial in South Korea later this month which the official launch is said to be within the first quarter of 2017. At the moment, the service is compatible with devices that is equipped with at least a HD (1280 x 720) display and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.