OnePlus wants to bring us a smaller smartphone, but here's the problem

Apple iPhone SE was the last smartphone that had a small screen.

We saw a crazy number of smartphones being launched in 2018. And if they had one thing in common, besides the variations of notch though, is the large sized-screen. From Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, to even Apple, a 6-inch or larger display became a standard this year. However, that might just change with the OnePlus in 2019.

OnePlus 3T. Image: Tech2

OnePlus 3T. Image: Tech2

According to a report by PCMag, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says that he sees a lot of demand for smaller phones, and he wants to deliver that next year. However, he says the only problem is the battery life. If the phones become smaller, it will be very tough to squeeze in the large batteries people are now used to.

“If we can solve the battery problem, we would definitely make a smaller one [...] the technology of batteries hasn't changed too much over all these years,” he told the publication.

If you actually take a moment and look at all the smartphones in the market, Apple iPhone SE was probably the last smartphone that could be categorised as a small-screened one. There is then Sony making these Compact phones, which are unfortunately not very irresistible. There is, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S9 this year, which is easy to use because of a taller display, which is not too much in width, but the screen on it is still a 5.8-inch. Certainly not what you call a small screen smartphone. And don't even get me started on how difficult these phones are to hold and use with one hand.

So, Pete Lau, please do what you have to to give us a phone we can hold, given us the options to choose from!

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