Mi 9 SE may have been the last compact flagship from Xiaomi

“Xiaomi president Lin Bin spoke about the difficulties of producing a fully equipped flagship smartphone, hinting at the end of the brand’s compact flagships”

Remember the good old days when Sony would always introduce a compact flagship every year? Admittedly, Xiaomi’s Mi 9 SE is not as compact (it has a 5.97-inch display), but given its wide aspect ratio and end-to-end screen size, the Mi 9 SE essentially has the shell size of a 5.1-inch smartphone, which effectively qualifies as compact by today’s standards. Its tall aspect ratio also means that it is narrower in body width, and is hence easier to grip.

However, the Mi 9 SE was possibly the last of the compact flagships that Xiaomi launched, going by the words of the company’s president Lin Bin. In a post on Weibo responding to the appreciation received for the optimal balance of power, performance and ergonomics struck by the Mi 9 SE, Bin states the same, suggesting that it is unlikely that there will be another ‘SE’ variant of any future flagship by Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE feat

The reason for this is not the dwindling demand for compact phones, as many might have expected. On the contrary, many users around the globe seem to prefer smartphones with compact dimensions, as against those with massive displays sized upward of 6 inches. This helps them get the ergonomic advantage, and the compact dimensions mean that it becomes convenient to use it as a phone, while a second tablet can be used for content consumption, if at all necessary.

Furthermore, Bin explains that the advent of 5G and its requisites for antenna configuration, coupled with the demand for a high performance chipset, multiple cameras in both front and rear, and a large enough battery pack to provide good battery stamina and fast charging times, has led to engineering difficulties, where there isn’t enough space inside a compact smartphone chassis to pack in all the components.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE first impressions17

This seems to be a valid problem and with manufacturers now working towards removing all external buttons and sensors to pack them inside, making a “compact” smartphone does sound rather difficult. Are you disappointed with Xiaomi’s decision, or do you think it is of little significance since large screen phones will prevail anyway? Let us know!

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Specifications
Octa core (2.3 GHz, Dual Core + 1.7 GHz, Hexa Core)
Snapdragon 712
5.97 inches (15.16 cm)
1080x2340 px, 432 PPI
48 MP + 8 MP + 13 MP Triple Primary Cameras
Dual LED Flash
20 MP Front Camera
3070 mAh
Fast Charging
USB Type-C port
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Price, Launch Date
Expected Price: Rs. 21,190
Release Date: 10-Nov-2019 (Expected)
Variant: 6 GB RAM / 64 GB internal storage
Phone Status: Upcoming Phone
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Video
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