Sony may resurrect the Xperia Compact line of phones

Sony may resurrect the Xperia Compact line of phones

The Sony Xperia Compact is a line of miniature smartphones for those who do not like huge “shovels”.

Have you seen the iPhone 12 mini and wish Android had a counterpart to this small but powerful design? You can make your wish come true.

Renowned analyst OnLeaks has shared what he says are images and the first details of the Xperia Compact, a revival of Sony’s small line of phones that it discontinued after the XZ2 Compact in 2018. The device will be slightly larger than its Apple rival, but its 5.5-inch screen and generally diminutive body could make it attractive next to the giants that define the current lineup of Android phones.

It’s unclear what processor the Xperia Compact will use, but Sony will find room for two rear cameras (one of them 13MP), an 8-megapixel selfie camera in the notch and, yes, a 3.5mm headphone jack. Like many Sony phones, there is a fingerprint scanner built into the power button. It probably won’t make you regret buying the Xperia 1 II , but neither will any egregious size compromises.

It’s unclear when Sony will release this easy-to-use phone, though history suggests that it could be unveiled in February and will hit shelves in the spring.

Whether there is a market for it is another matter entirely. In addition to rumors of production cuts, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners recently said that sales of the iPhone 12 mini accounted for only six percent of iPhone 12 sales from October through November. Things may have changed since then, but it’s possible that Sony will target a niche audience — people who crave a tiny but full-featured phone but refuse to buy an iPhone.