One of the recent trends for Android smartphone manufacturers is to churn out a “mini” version of their respective gargantuan flagships, with recent examples including the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini.
But while that might sound great on paper (not everyone wants a 5in beast of a phone), a report from out east suggest consumers ain’t buying it.
That’s the word from hit-and-miss DigiTimes, with “industry sources” saying that Android manufacturers are being forced to “revamp their strategies” with mini phones on account of slow sales.
Perhaps part of the problem is that these “mini” versions are invariably inferior to the phones on which they’re based. We might as well call it the Samsung Galaxy S4 I Can’t Afford The Big One.
Having said that, the HTC One mini was only marginally cheaper than the flagship HTC One in Taiwan, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that there’s little interest.
To its credit, Sony has addressed the problem with specs with its spanking new Sony Xperia Z1 f. It crams all – or most – of the goodness of the larger Sony Xperia Z1 into a smaller body, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 20MP rear camera. Now that’s something consumers will surely flock to.