Samsung Pay Mini is an online payments platform that works on all Android phones

Samsung's digital payments platform Samsung Pay is available on select Galaxy smartphones in 11 countries. In a bid to increase the reach of its services, Samsung has announced Samsung Pay Mini (opens in new tab), an online payments solution that will be available on all Android phones. Samsung Pay Mini will be launching in South Korea later this quarter, and Samsung has said that the service will be available in other markets at a later date.

Samsung Pay Mini

Samsung Pay Mini will be available to download from the Play Store, and will work on all Android phones as long as they have a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 or higher and are running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. The app includes access to select Samsung Pay services, such as membership, lifestyle, and transportation. Samsung is also rolling out a shopping feature that highlights popular online shopping malls, and a rewards service through which customers will be able to accrue points based on their purchases.

Unlike Samsung Pay, those using Samsung Pay Mini will not be able to make offline payments at retail stores, as the app is designed for online payments. Samsung Pay includes a hardware tie-in that allows the service to work with older magnetic card readers, and that functionality is still limited to select Galaxy phones.

Samsung has announced that it will conduct a pre-launch trial of the app on February 6, in which customers in South Korea will be able to download the app from the Play Store.

Rolling out the app for non-Galaxy phones is a smart move, as it allows Samsung to reach a wider userbase while giving them a taste of what's possible with the full-fledged Samsung Pay service.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Meh...Still find it easier to use my card lol I mean I loved Google Wallet it was fast and Android Pay wasn't bad either
  • Not easier when you use Samsung pay with the gear s3.
  • It's not just about using cards easier, it's about benefits and security.
  • I have to say that Samsung Pay on my S7 Edge worked great just about anywhere I went. It's not that using my physical card is inconvenient, but using the phone and getting a confirmation message about the payment made it really easy to keep track of finances. Of all payment services like ApplePay, Android Pay, and Google Wallet, I feel that Samsung Pay on Samsung compatible devices is by far the best.
  • Samsung Pay for me is brilliant! I very rarely take my card out now. It's especially handy when I am cycling or out on the lash with my mates.
    Normaly I always try to mix it up a bit with my phone purchases or different brands and operating systems. When it comes to this year's phone I am going to have to think long and hard whether I can get a phone that does not include Samsung Pay
  • Ya samsung pay. Is one of the reasons why I stick with samsung.
  • Agreed, I love my 6p but my note 5 is plenty smooth plus I can go almost anywhere without carrying a wallet and I get double rewards.
  • You ever notice how no on ******* when Samsung releases stuff in S Korea first? So, why then do people complain when Google puts out stuff in the US first and then puts it out in other places?
  • I really lke SP on my Gear S3 watch because my wallet and phone stay in my pocket so there is no risk of ever misplacing anything, losing anything, or dropping my phone and I dont even use my pin. brilliant. Plus, I can use SP on GS3 without it even being connected to my phone, and there is the security of the unique tokens for each transaction.
  • Loving Samsung pay and it's more secure way of paying and coupled with the gear s3 wow super fast
  • There's apparently no Korean word for pay. Read the translated announcement and everytime the word pay shows up it's a different similar sounding word.