The latest manufacturer to offer small smartphones no longer believes. Sony made it clear to Digital Trends that certainly there would be no future Xperia Compact:
We have offered a Compact range for a long time due to its ease of use. There is always room for different sizes, but people now want much more display space for their content.
Not only has the overall selection of small smartphones been shrinking in recent years, but in addition, it is made only of basic models, with the exception of Sony and Apple.
In addition to the famous iPhone SE that ended its career last year, we can certainly consider the iPhone 7 and 8 as small smartphones, with a view to the newer models. Models that will be replaced by the largest iPhone X in the next few years.
On the Android side, anyone looking for a small, high-performance smartphone has no choice but a Xperia Z1 Compact (4.6 "screen) or XZ2 Compact (5" screen). These are the only ones to be equipped with a Snapdragon 835 or 845 in such a small format.
Because even though manufacturers have narrowed the boundaries, they have expanded the screens while smartphones today are much larger than before. The average size of the new screens is about 6. "Samsung's new interface, One UI, has been specially designed to make large smartphones easier to use with one hand.
Will small phones disappear forever? Maybe not. The boss of OnePlus does not oppose the design of a new small model, on the contrary, but he emphasizes that the compact formats require the commitment of the battery. "If we can solve the battery problem, we will certainly make a smaller model, he says to PCMag. I see many requests for this kind of size. But from the industry point of view, battery technology has not changed much over the years. "
A desert segment can also attract smaller players who seek to stand out from the crowd. That's what TCL is trying to do by reviving the Palm brand in a 3.3 "mini-smartphone (the first iPhone had a 3.5" screen).
Unless greetings from small smartphones come from foldable display devices. If you fold the FlexPai in half, you have about a 4 "screen in your hands (unfolded, it's 7.8"), but your footprint is larger than a conventional smartphone. As for the future flexible handset from Samsung, folded, will give to see a 4.6 "screen. What do satisfy the amateurs of small smartphones? Answer February 20.