Due in large part to the physical size that these devices bring to the table, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were divisive smartphones for many. However, a recent report suggests that Google may be developing a Pixel phone with a “tiny screen.”

According to Digital Chat Station on Weibo , Google is developing a “small-screen flagship computer” to complement its line of smartphones. For whatever Pixel generation it may be intended for, the device would have a centered hole-punch design on the front and a “family-style” appearance on the back.

This report only states that the device would have the codename “neila,” with no release date mentioned.

In the past, Google has promoted a lot of compact smartphones through the Pixel lineup. Google’s smartphones had some of the only flagship-level models with screens under six inches from the original Pixel through the Pixel 4 series, although that distinction has since diminished.

Though both of the most recent phones from the firm are much bigger than earlier versions, the regular 6 is about the same size as many of Google’s earlier “XL” devices. The Pixel 6a, which has a 6.1-inch display and a size that we thought was nice, is the smallest phone that Google now sells.

Google’S VIEW, 9TO5 Although the idea of a Pixel phone with a small screen is undoubtedly enticing, there are several reasons to take this rumor with a grain of salt.

The stated codename comes first. As authors Kyle Bradshaw and Dylan Roussell note, “Neila” does not conform to any of Google’s typical codename patterns. Google, for instance, has been adopting codenames that reference cats and birds for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 devices. “Neila” is not even remotely an animal.

The bigger market trend toward smaller smartphones is the second factor. Nowadays, people seem to choose larger smartphones, and Apple serves as the best possible example of this trend. After only two years, the iPhone 14 series eliminates the “Mini” option and expands the selection with a larger model of Apple’s mainstream flagship.

Personally, I wouldn’t get too excited about the possibility of a “small-screen” Pixel at this time. Just continue using a Pixel 5 as long as you can if you desire one.

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