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Sales of "mini" smartphones are falling

News by Luke Jones on Thursday July 31, 2014.

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A report today suggests that sales of "mini" versions of smartphones are "falling short of expectation" in what yours truly think is fantastic news. As someone who is wholeheartedly against the mini trend, I have been waiting for the day when these devices are no more, so for me this is a step in the right direction.

Digitimes cites supply chain sources in Taiwan who claim that sales of handsets such as the HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, and several LG mini devices are falling. The source said the reason for the declining sales was the thing that turns many of us off the mini trend, the fact that the specs and performance do not match the price.

The mini trend was started by Samsung with the Galaxy S3 Mini and the idea is for companies to release smaller versions of their flagship handsets. This would be an interesting model for those who crave flagship kicks but don't want a huge screen, but the problem is these mini smartphones do not offer flagship performance. Instead, the companies water down the specs to low mid-range quality, but keep the design of the flagship largely the same.

The result is almost a false market, people paying for the name and looks of the device, but not getting the whole package. Again this would be okay if these mini handsets were affordable, but they are not; they are overpriced and in most cases outright expensive. An exception could be made for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact as Sony did not compromise performance and offers a full flagship experience in a mini body. The Compact is massively expensive though.

I for one hope this mini trend is killed off eventually, especially as numerous standalone handsets in the budget and mid-range market are much better than these flagship knock offs.

source: Digitimes

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