In October of this year, Apple finally launched its new iPhones. These are the first 5G smartphones from Cupertino. Apart from that, this iPhone generation has another special feature: The Cupertino company offers four models.
In addition to the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, there is also the iPhone 12 mini. It’s a compact smartphone like the iPhone SE. Unlike the latter, which has a humble tech sheet, the iPhone 12 mini has almost the same tech sheet as the iPhone 12. However, the mini model has a smaller screen, 5.4 inches.
Essentially, with this model, Apple is offering a smartphone with the characteristics of a high-end smartphone that supports 5G but has a smaller screen. And we have to admit that this type of smartphone is very rare nowadays as most of the high-end models have XXL screens.
Mini models from Android smartphone manufacturers soon?
Could Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 12 mini inspire other brands? Of course we shouldn’t expect too much from it.
This is definitely suggested in an article from the Phone Arena relayed by a Chinese source. Accordingly, no manufacturer of Android smartphones has yet to compete with the iPhone 12 mini in the tubes.
But why ? Obviously, they don’t expect very high demand for this type of smartphone. And this requirement would not justify the cost of developing this type of device (all components of a premium smartphone must be placed in a compact format).
At the moment, of course, it’s still difficult to know whether or not the iPhone 12 mini is going to seduce the masses (remember, it’s the cheapest model). Pre-orders for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max won’t start until November, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will be released this October.
In any case, analyst Ming Chi Kuo would have stated in a note that the iPhone 12 mini should only account for 10 to 15% of Apple sales for this new generation. However, others suggest that the iPhone 12 mini could start a new trend in the cellular industry.
Currently, Android smartphone manufacturers prefer lite versions of their high-end models. These have the same design and a more or less similar screen size. However, the datasheets for these “Lite” models are more modest, which allows manufacturers to reduce costs.
Among these lighter versions of high-end smartphones there is the Galaxy S20 FE from Samsung or the Mi 10T Lite from Xiaomi.