Sony is reportedly set to bring back its “Compact” phone line in 2021 with a new Xperia Compact model. It will offer a 5.5-inch screen and dimensions that are more in line with Apple’s (relatively) small iPhone 12 mini instead of the ever larger phones that Sony has offered in recent years.
The new device, according to noted phone leak OnLeaks, which has also posted reproductions of the upcoming phone at Voice, will have dimensions of 140 x 68.9 x 8.9 mm (5.5 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches), making it only slightly larger than the iPhone 1
The new Xperia Compact is also said to offer an 8-megapixel selfie camera in a teardrop, a dual camera setup with a 13-megapixel main camera on the back, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a side-mounted fingerprint reader integrated into the power button. Particularly absent, however, are some details about specifications.
(As yet unnamed) The 2021 Xperia Compact would be Sony’s first phone to have the “Compact” name since 2018’s Xperia XZ2 Compact, which had similar dimensions as the leaked specifications of the new 2021 device (although the screen on the 2018 model. was slightly smaller at 5 inches, thanks to the larger frames). But it’s still a far smaller piece of hardware than other recent attempts like the Xperia 5.
The biggest question, however, is whether the new Xperia Compact will offer flag-level specs, or whether it falls into the same pitfall of other shrunken Android devices and offers downgraded specs to match the smaller size. Sony has avoided this problem before – the aforementioned XZ2 Compact offered almost comparable specifications to its bigger sibling – but it remains an open question whether Sony will actually deliver on a 2021 Android phone with flagship specifications that do not also require a massive screen.
It is also unclear whether there is actually a market for smaller flagships. Apple’s iPhone 12 mini, while offering almost identical specifications to the larger iPhone 12, has reportedly seen little sales compared to the larger models offered (despite the lower price tag). There are several reports that Apple is moving production from the smaller model to focus more on full-size phones.