Are smaller-than-5-inch phones passé? Not entirely, that’s for sure, but when it comes to well-equipped models from reputable OEMs, only two names come to mind – the recently unveiled iPhone SE, and the slightly older, much lower-profile Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.
Now it appears Xiaomi might be interested in joining the mini-flagship arena too, confirming what we already largely knew – Apple can carve out and revive new and old market segments even with its least successful products.
Unfortunately, all we have on this mystery upcoming 4.3-inch Xiaomi right now is a blurry purported live pic and sketchy set of rumored specifications from an unverified tipster.
Skepticism aside, the Android-powered iPhone SE counterpart apparently sports the same fingerprint sensor-concealing home button as the Mi 5, and even the same cutting-edge Snapdragon 820 processor. Where it compromises is obviously in the screen resolution department, going down from Full HD to HD, though thanks to the compact form factor, the resulting pixel density is still pretty solid – 341 ppi.
Meanwhile, the upper mid-range Mi 4s is Xeroxed as far as the rear camera and memory go, with 13 megapixels and 3GB in tow respectively, plus 32GB internal storage space offered as standard.
Overall, charging under $300 for both devices sounds more than fair, and if our source proves correct, this unnamed 4.3-inch Xiaomi shall carry a domestic MSRP of 1,799 Yuan ($275). The iPhone SE doesn’t seem that affordable anymore, huh?