Before the iPhone 12 mini arrived everyone was very excited. They wanted a 5.4-inch iPhone. But nobody bought it.
Before the iPhone 13 mini arrived, everyone was excited all over again. They still said they wanted a 5.4-inch iPhone. But nobody bought it.
Now, a startup involving the people behind the Pebble smartwatch wants to have another try at making a small phone. But will someone buy it?
Small but mighty
The new phone comes in the form of a project called the Small Android Phone which, admittedly, isn't going to be an iPhone. But it's going to be small, as the project's name suggests. And with the team involved it's difficult to imagine this not turning into something impressive.
That team spoke in an interview with The Verge and Ben Bryant, one of the team leaders, confirmed that things are moving. Bryant worked with Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky previously and says that the phone's aim is to be able to "take good photos."
That, we're told, means that we can expect a camera around the 50-megapixel mark. But in terms of the actual phone — the bit you hold — that'll be “a nice soft slab that’s very high quality, very nicely put together, very solid feeling, and that just has very soft details that feel really nice on your fingers.” That's according to Alex De Stasio who has done industrial design for GoPro in the past.
There's still no name for the phone, and we don't know how big the screen will be other than it'll be less than 6.1 inches. Processing power could be handled by last year's Qualcomm flagship, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
All of that sounds good, but the phone is set to sell for around $850 which is a fair chunk of change for something that's expected to be small. $999 will get you into Apple's best iPhone, the iPhone 14 Pro, today. But that has a 6.1-inch screen, so really, should we even compare the two phones?
Maybe not. But we're still not convinced that there's a huge market for mini phones in general. And considering Apple didn't make an iPhone 14 mini, we aren't the only ones.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.