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Redmi Considering to Launch Small Screen Smartphone Like iPhone 12 Mini; General Manager Lu Weibing Warns of Battery Compromise

Redmi looks to go the Apple way and launch a ‘mini’ small screen smartphone just like the iPhone 12 mini.

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Redmi Considering to Launch Small Screen Smartphone Like iPhone 12 Mini; General Manager Lu Weibing Warns of Battery Compromise

Redmi general manager Lu Weibing shared that the company was considering the possibility of a mini phone

Highlights
  • There is no clarity on whether the company will launch it or not
  • Redmi GM confirms that battery life will be compromised
  • Redmi Note 10 series is expected to launch this month

Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing has shared a new social media post hinting that the company is considering the launch of a small screen phone. Xiaomi is known to have taken a lot of inspiration from Apple in the past, and Weibing was indirectly hinting at launching a similar phone like the iPhone 12 mini. Apple launched the iPhone 12 mini last week alongside the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 mini is the most affordable of the lot, and it comes with a small 5.4-inch Super Retina display.

Weibing, through his social media post on Weibo, confirmed that Redmi has also considered the possibility of producing a ‘mini' smartphone. However, he warned that the company would have to compromise on the battery capacity a lot. He explained that reducing the form factor of a smartphone will directly mean that the battery integrated inside will also be smaller and so the battery life will be compromised significantly. The iPhone 12 mini only has a 2,227mAh battery, which was revealed through a recent certification. The iPhone 12 has a larger frame, and reportedly has a bigger 2,815mAh battery too.

In the post, he also shared a photo of the Xiaomi headquarters in China and left the matter open-ended. Weibing offered no confirmation on whether the company is going ahead with manufacturing a Redmi smartphone with a small screen even though it means compromising on battery, or if it has decided against it and shelved the idea. If the company has chosen the former, more information on this Redmi ‘mini' handset should be revealed soon.

Redmi Note 10 series is reported to be in the works and the company may bring a small screen option with this series. Of course, this is pure speculation from our end, and the Redmi Note 10 series may not see any such option. A recent report suggested that this series may launch sometime this month itself.


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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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