Lei Jun, founder of Xiaomi, reposted a Weibo post by a user stating that there aren’t many compact flagships available on the market.
According to the user, the Xiaomi 12S is a great phone. If the fans don’t support it, Xiaomi might stop making compact flagships. As Apple did, all insiders have confirmed that the iPhone 14 will not include a mini version. This message was repeated by Xiaomi’s leader, indicating that the assumption of the user is very close to reality.
Only a handful of small-screen flagships are on the market this year: the Xiaomi 12S and Xiaomi 12X, Xiaomi Mi 12X, Samsung Galaxy S22 and iPhone SE.
Lei Jun stated that it was not easy to make a compact, high-end flagship. It is difficult to make a high-end compact flagship. He used the Xiaomi Mi 12 to illustrate the point. The total cost of the Xiaomi Mi 12 has increased 61% compared with the previous generation.
Xiaomi changed the motherboard to make it a compact flagship. It also made the processor smaller and more cost-effective. The new cooling system cost 22% more. A new generation of lithium cobalt-oxide battery is used to increase the capacity in a compact package. These batteries are 14% more costly.