Last year Apple offered all-in-one phone for everyone. The iPhone 12 Mini was launched for those who want a compact smartphone without sacrificing the flagship features. It was only natural to expect that more Android manufacturers would follow suit and announce a “mini” version of their flagships. Sony is expected to bring back its Xperia compact range soon, and now ASUS is preparing to launch a “mini” variant of its next flagship ZenFone. It could be called ASUS ZenFone 8 Mini.
The latest development is from DigiTimes (via NotebookCheck), which claims ASUS is focused on introducing a ZenFone Mini this year. If rumors are to be believed, it won’t be a toned-down version of the flagship. Instead, similar to the iPhone 12 Mini, the ZenFone Mini is engineered to pack flagship performance under the hood and offer similar specs in a smaller, more compact form factor. Unfortunately, the report does not provide any further details such as specifications and price.
It would be interesting to see another Android maker other than Sony attempt a compact flagship. The smallest flagship Android phone we currently have is the Samsung Galaxy S21 with a 6.2-inch display.
A smaller size brings compromises
While you’re getting flagship performance in a “mini” form factor, you are missing out on battery life. The iPhone 12 mini, for example, lasts less (on a single charge) than the vanilla iPhone 12. If you’re okay with that compromise, a flagship mini smartphone is something to curiously look forward to. However, there is still no information on the launch date of ASUS Zenfone Mini.
DigiTimes also reports that ASUS will unveil the ROG Phone 5 this spring. It is set to debut in China in March. The device is likely powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It has a 6.78-inch display and a battery capacity of 6,000 mAh (two 3,000 mAh batteries). It will run Android 11. More information can be found here.
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