This October, Apple finally launched its new iPhones. These are the first 5G smartphones from the Cupertino company. But besides that, this generation of iPhone has another particularity: the Cupertino company offers four models.

In addition to the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, there is also the iPhone 12 mini. It is a compact smartphone like the iPhone SE. But unlike the latter, which has a modest technical sheet, the iPhone 12 mini has almost the same technical sheet as the iPhone 12. The mini model however has a smaller screen, 5.4 inches.

In essence, Apple offers with this model a smartphone with characteristics of a high-end smartphone and which supports 5G, but whose screen is smaller. And it must be admitted that this type of smartphone is very rare today, since the majority of high-end models have XXL screens.

Soon, mini models from Android smartphone manufacturers?

Could Apple’s launch of the iPhone 12 mini inspire other brands? Obviously, we shouldn’t expect too much of that.

This is in any case what is suggested by an article from Phone Arena, which relays a Chinese source. According to it, no manufacturer of Android smartphones has yet to compete with the iPhone 12 mini in the pipes.

But why ? Obviously, they do not expect the demand for this type of smartphone to be very high. And this demand would not justify the costs generated by the development of this type of device (having to place all the components of a premium smartphone in a compact format).

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Obviously, for the moment, it is still difficult to know if the iPhone 12 mini will seduce the crowds or not (remember that it is the cheapest model). Indeed, the pre-orders of the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max do not begin until November, while the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are released this October.

But in any case, in a note, analyst Ming Chi Kuo would have indicated that the iPhone 12 mini should only represent 10 to 15% of Apple’s sales for this new generation. Others nevertheless suggest that the iPhone 12 mini could start a new trend in the mobile industry.

For the moment, Android smartphone manufacturers prefer to offer “Lite” versions of their high-end models. These have the same design and a more or less similar screen size. However, the data sheets of these “Lite” models are more modest, which allows manufacturers to lower costs.

Among these lighter versions of high-end smartphones, there is the Galaxy S20 FE from Samsung, or the Mi 10T Lite from Xiaomi.

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