Over the years, there has been consistent development in the smartphone industry and the standards are changing from time to time. Looking at the displays of smartphones, 6-inch appears to be the new “small-screen”. While 4-inch devices are almost completely extinct, it’s rare to have a 5-inch smartphone launching in 2021. While many people love the large screen displays, there are still a few that prefers the small screen. Some users prefer to have smartphones that they can operate with one hand. According to Xiaomi, it will launch a new small-screen flagship probably in the Xiaomi 12 series (Xiaomi 12 Lite). However, there has not been any real leak or speculation regarding this device.
Finally, we now have a report that claims that Xiaomi’s small screen flagship smartphone will debut next year. According to popular Weibo tech blogger, “L3, the small screen flagship of 6.3″± is ready for visual inspection”. Looking at the code-name of this device “L3”, it should belong to the Xiaomi 12 series. There are already speculations regarding the Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 12 Ultra. Thus, this device will probably be the Xiaomi 12 Lite.
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In addition, the alleged Xiaomi 12 Lite will not come with a mid-range chip as usual. There are reports that this device will come with a Snapdragon 8 series flagship processor. This should be the Snapdragon 870 processor which is a pseudo flagship chip. This processor offers very good performance. The low power consumption and low heat generation of the Snapdragon 870 chip will also bring huge advantages to small-sized smartphones. Furthermore, the chip supports high refresh rates, dual cards, higher screen-to-body ratio. All these give its smartphones a good performance.
Xiaomi is confident – small screen Mi 6 still has value
Xiaomi has a couple of flagships in its digital series. However, among all its flagships in the digital series, the Xiaomi Mi 6 appears to be the most classic. The Mi 6 is Xiaomi’s last small-screen smartphone with a 5.15-inch display. As a classic product of Xiaomi’s digital series, Xiaomi Mi 6 has been attracting a large number of loyal users since its launch. According to reports from second-hand trading platforms like Xianyu, the second-hand price of Xiaomi Mi 6 is more valuable than Xiaomi Mi 8. Recall that while the Mi 6 was released in 2017, the Xiaomi Mi 8 was released a year later.
On the Xianyu platform, the second-hand price of Mi 6 exceeds 600 yuan ($93). However, the price of the Mi 8 is less than 600 yuan ($93). The release time difference between the two is more than one year. PS: Mi 6 was released in April 2017, while Mi 8 was released in May 2018.
Although the Mi 6 is over four years old, Lei Jun recently announced that it still has over 2 million active users. This has been sparking speculations that Xiaomi will release a Mi 6 look-alike.