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Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini could be on the cards thanks to iPhone 12 Mini admiration

While the iPhone 12 Mini is "mini", the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and 9 SE are more "pocket-sized". (Image source: Xiaomi/Apple - edited)
While the iPhone 12 Mini is "mini", the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE and 9 SE are more "pocket-sized". (Image source: Xiaomi/Apple - edited)
A social media post by Lu Weibing has led to some speculation that Xiaomi or Redmi could be planning a diminutive variant of a future flagship along the lines of the iPhone 12 Mini. A Xiaomi Mi 11 SE or Redmi K40 Mini would certainly go down well with users looking for a more compact smartphone.
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There’s no doubt Apple will have attracted an army of admirers with the iPhone 12 Mini, and while its “mini” credentials are actually open to debate (the new Apple smartphone has a 5.4-inch display compared with the non-mini iPhone 8 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen), it shows that the Cupertino company is aware of the call for smaller phones. Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi/Redmi could be following suit, as the firm often does when Apple has a seemingly clever idea.

A post on Weibo from Xiaomi executive and Redmi general manager Lu Weibing gives a hint that Redmi at least is looking further into exploring the possibility of producing a mini smartphone. Machine translation offers up these words from the Redmi boss: “Redmi wants to make a mini, but battery capacity/battery life can be very much sacrificed.” Weibing often drops hints about future Xiaomi/Redmi projects in his social media feed, so a mini Redmi flagship could be in the works.

A Redmi K40 and K40 Pro are already expected, so what if a Redmi K40 Mini is added to the lineup? It seems difficult to see such a device as anything less than a likely smash hit in terms of sales. Xiaomi could also return to offering SE variants of its flagship devices like it did with the Mi 8 SE and Mi 9 SE. The more compact selection skipped the Mi 10 range, but a Xiaomi Mi 11 SE with many of the best features of the likely Snapdragon 875-powered Mi 11 in a handier size would be a winner…if the Chinese OEM can solve the battery life issue that is.

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Lu Weibing (Weibo - in Chinese) & Telegram (MIUI News) via XiaomiAdictos (in Spanish)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-10-20 (Update: 2020-10-20)