In year 2013, we have seen a lot of smaller devices trying to piggy back on the powerful flagship phones. But as number shows, it is a failure, and here is why.
One Reason: compromise
Now, let’s understand the point of smaller size phones, they are for those buyers who feels that the original size is too big for them, and they want a smaller version of the same device. But, the market so far is still not satisfy the consumer. Why? Because smaller size Smartphones is full of compromise. I can understand if battery and screen resolution change since there is changing in size of the phone, but CPUs, RAMs and Cameras should not be changed. For example, the S4 mini, it is suppose to be a smaller version of the Galax S4, but the size takes away the real value of the phone, Samsung takes away a lot of specification that make the S4 popular, like the Snapdragon 600 to the dual Core 1.7 GHz, camera from 13 to 8. Another example is the HTC One and the One mini. The Official statement says that the phone will have “no compromise,” but there are compromises: Screen resolution: 1080p to 720p (can be understandable due to the reduction of screen size), the camera has been removed OIS, smaller battery, internal storage and the Snapdragon 600 replaced by the 400 version.
At the CES 2014, Sony presented two phones called the Z1 Compact, with literally no compromise because it’s having almost the same specification, because it retains the build, specification (just not the screen resolution because the phone size reduced). And this is a good sign of the industry that is moving forward with the new plan. Sony can really build up a competition for the mid size Smartphones market.