Back in the day, if you wanted a small smartphone with flagship specs, you turned to Sony's Compact-branded devices, because you really had no other choice. Then this year the Japanese company decided to get out of that particular market for whatever reason, and so the Xperia X Compact is just a mid-ranger. Yet if you crave a top of the line handset with a screen under 5", Xiaomi may soon have something in store for you.
From China today comes news that a Xiaomi Mi S smartphone is in the works, and most of its details have been leaked by what are claimed to be promotional materials. While we can't verify their authenticity in any way, we must say it would be interesting for this handset to actually become reality.
The Mi S is said to feature a 4.6-inch 1080p display with 600-nit brightness and 2.5D curved glass on top, the Snapdragon 821 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 12 MP main camera with Sony's IMX378 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, 4K video capture, and dual-LED flash. The selfie snapper will be a 4 MP unit with f/2.0 aperture also (and 1080p video recording).
Keeping things juiced up will be a 2,600 mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 through a USB Type-C port. A 3.5mm headset jack is in too. The phone's dimensions are 128.3 x 64.2 x 8.2 mm, and it weighs 138g. A fingerprint scanner will probably be embedded in that physical Home button you can see on the front.
No details about pricing have been outed, nor a release date. Since the renders of the device look less than professional (at least according to the standards you'd expect from supposedly promotional slides), there's a high possibility that this isn't a real product coming soon, so hopefully you've taken all of what you just read with a pinch of salt.