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Thoughts on Lei Jun Question About Xiaomi Small

It’s said the most appropriate size for a smartphone screen is 4 inches, but almost all current handsets come with a 5-inch display or larger. Thus the 5-inch screen is a mainstream and the manufacturers try not to be left behind. Xiaomi is no exception. I can’t remember a Xiaomi smartphone launched in this year that came with a 4-inch screen. Moreover, we know Xiaomi is called a Chinese Apple, and if the Cupertino-based company doesn’t design a 4-inch smartphone, Xiaomi won’t do it as well. But are you sure the Chinese manufacturer has no similar ideas in its mind? Personally, I don’t think so. My suggestions are also based on the leaked photo of a 4-inch Xiaomi handset that is conditionally called the Xiaomi Small. As you remember, it has leaked in a photo a few weeks back. And though we haven’t heard anything about it since that leak, Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO talked about it today.

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Lei Jun has asked a simple question whether Mi fans would like a 4-inch Xiaomi smartphone. Though the CEO didn’t announce the company is going to launch something like that, we understand there is no better way than asking a direct question. As it’s said ‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’ He also asked to leave comments, and as some users said people don’t like handsets with screens smaller than 5-inch anymore. Of course, this is a matter of taste, but when looking at its technical aspect, it will cause many difficulties for the manufacturers to optimize their UIs for smaller screens. Moreover, as the mainstream is 5-inch screens, everything is made to correspond them – the housing, hardware, batteries, OS and many more. So if Xiaomi will try to make a step back, it can cause real issues even in technical sense.

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Well, it’s the business of Xiaomi to decide whether the company will come with a 4-inch screen smartphone or not. Moreover, the Meizu m4 has spotted in photos recently that means the top Chinese manufacturers can continue producing low-end handsets with smaller screens. But how much they will cost and what a target market they will focus on? I mean we have already seen two great smartphones such as the Uhans A101 and Cubot Manito and two phablets such as the BlackView E7 and AMIGOO R700 priced under $70. So the question is whether the Xiaomi Small (that should be renamed to the Xiaomi SE once ready for mass production) will cost as little to make competition to abovementioned devices.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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