03 November 2020
In the past couple of years or so, we have seen smartphones only getting bigger. The phone display sizes have increased so significantly that OEMs and certain app makers even provide a software-based one-handed usage mode. This has led to many users asking for compact size phones and we have seen brands listening. The likes of iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 12 Mini, and Google's Pixel 4a are some of the well-known examples.
Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi seems to the next major brand interested in making mini smartphones. Lu Weibing, General Manager of Redmi, has posted on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. He made it clear that while Redmi is keen on making a mini phone, there is one particular aspect that has become the hurdle.
Weibing says that the team will have to compromise on battery capacity and battery life for making such a phone. This is expected as with a small-sized phone, there will be less space to fit in all the internal components. Since smartphone batteries are known to take a significant amount of space, the team will have to opt for a small capacity to make space for others.
One option for Redmi is to go for software optimization to deliver a long-lasting battery life. This is something we have seen other OEMs do in the past well. Nevertheless, we will keep an eye on Redmi's announcements and will also keep you updated.