Is the “small” smartphone dead? While it still vaguely lives on through certain “mini” versions of flagship phones, smartphones are tending towards ever-larger screen diagonals. Eric Migikovsky, founder of smartwatch company Pebble, who is working on a chat app that will bring iMessage to Android, has set himself a new mission to revitalize the one-handed smartphone.
So he created a website called smallandroidphone.com where he details the smartphone of his dreams. He says he wants a premium product in the size and shape of the iPhone mini or smaller, but with Android. The product would also benefit from an excellent photo engine and a version of Android without an overlay. When Eric Migikovsky doesn’t go into other components for which he says he’s “flexible”, he still mentions the Oled, a Snapdragon 8xx processor or even the NFC. The price should not exceed $800.
Apple iPhone 13 Mini
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“A small smartphone is not on the roadmap of any manufacturer”
However, the founder of Pebble has no plans to produce this mobile himself. “My goal is to generate a lot of interest on this site, attract countless potential buyers and convince a manufacturer to build us our dream phone.he explains on his website. I myself have some experience with building hardware and how these things work. We need over 50,000 motivated buyers to make this happen, so share with your friends!”. And to regret that “Of course, no manufacturer has a small smartphone on their roadmap”.
Migikovsky’s disappointment seems to have been driven by two things. The first concerns the end of the Xperia Compact series, which he appreciated very much. The second concerns the Google I/O, where Google presented a Pixel 7 that was perceived as much too large. “I got the idea because I was looking at the Pixel 7 announcement and I was like, ‘Holy shit, they’re just building another giant phone,’ and that really pissed me off.”he confided to our colleagues from The edge.
However, I’m not sure that 50,000 fans of small smartphones is enough to convince a manufacturer to embark on this industrial adventure with limited potential.