Yesterday I scribbled a few hundred words about ‘mini’ versions of Android flagships, concluding – as we pretty much knew already – that the only one worth paying attention to is the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.
A new report suggests that sales of such phones have “fallen short of expectations”, largely on account of being overpriced crap.
We’re eyeing up an article on DigiTimes, which credits “sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain”.
The gist is that Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony have all struggled to shift their respective 'mini' phones in any great number, ultimately falling miles from expectations.
The problem is, see, that the ‘mini’ versions (Sony Xperia Z1 Compact aside) are not simply smaller versions of the flagships upon which they are based. Aesthetically maybe, but certainly not on the inside.
Instead, you’re typically getting a 720p resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 5-8MP rear camera, and a measly 1GB of RAM.
Immediate problem: the Motorola Moto G offers similar specs for roughly £100, while these ‘mini’ guys expect to sell for three or four times as much.
And hell, let's not forget the multitude of Chinese manufacturers churning out affordable handsets with high-end specs, too.
Nah, we’re not buying it, guys. Literally.