Pebble creator wants to give his own Android iPhone 13 mini

The iPhone 13 mini is the best flagship phone in terms of size, with no direct competition from Android vendors. There is no compact Android phone right now because Android smartphone makers have traditionally focused on the flagship’s larger screens. Sony has been a rare exception, but the company doesn’t make small flagships that can power devices like the iPhone 13 mini.

This is a big problem for Pebble creator Eric Migicovsky, who wants to team up with other iPhone 13 mini fans to make an Android version of Apple’s smallest phone. The entrepreneur hopes to convince an Android company to create a mini Android phone of his dreams. The alternative is to manufacture one yourself.

Make iPhone 13 mini from Android

Migicovsky created a simple website to showcase his Android mini phone: SmallAndroidPhone.com. This is where he explains his plan.

He happens to be an iPhone 13 mini user, as he appreciates the screen size and build quality. But it misses the Android. So he set out to find like-minded folks that would make the iPhone 13 mini of Android happen.

The former Pebble CEO explains that he prefers smaller phones because they are lighter and fit better in pockets. Compact phones are also easy to use with one hand and won’t fall out of pockets while riding a bike.

“It is increasingly clear that the small premium phone is not on any OEM roadmap,” says Mijkowski. “So I decided to take matters into my own hands. My goal here is to get other fans of small phones together and pressure Google/Samsung/anyone to consider making a small phone.”

Migicovsky specifically explains what kind of Android smartphone he wants. It’s basically an Android iPhone 13 mini that offers a Pixel-level camera experience.

iPhone 13 Mini Colors Image source: Apple

Indispensable specs and features – and their price

The smaller Android phone should practically copy the iPhone 13 mini. It should have uniform bezels around the screen and a punch-hole selfie camera. The Pebble creator also wants the phone to have a fingerprint sensor on the side button rather than the bottom of the screen. But this is a “nice to have” feature and is not necessary.

The screen of the Android equivalent iPhone 13 mini should be 5.4 inches. The OLED panel should have a refresh rate of 60Hz.

Cameras should be “Pixel 5 quality”, especially in low light. And the phone needs two rear cameras, one of which is a normal lens and a wide angle.

When it comes to the actual specs, the phone should offer 8GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB of storage, 5G support, NFC, and a battery that can last up to four hours of screen time on time.

Software-wise, your iPhone 13 mini for Android should run on Android and offer an unlockable bootloader.

Other nice features include some solidity in the design so the phone doesn’t need a case, IP68 water and dust resistance, a hardware mute switch, and eSIM support.

Apart from some minor differences, Migicovsky describes iPhone 13 mini here. Unsurprisingly, he expects the phone to cost between $700 and $800. Apple’s iPhone 13 mini costs $729 before any kind of deal.

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Google Pixel 6a phone. Image source: Google

Is this a crowdfunding campaign?

However, Migicovsky does not ask for your money to be able to manufacture the smartphone. Instead, he wants more supporters to fill out a small survey. It is aimed that at least 50,000 people would like to have such a mini alternative to the iPhone 13 on Android. To date, more than 6000 people have registered.

The campaign goal is to convince the phone maker to make this phone. But the entrepreneur says that if he didn’t make anyone else, he would have to make it himself. He adds that he “didn’t really want it to get this far,” though.

“I have a very specific set of skills and industry connections that I’ve acquired over a long career in the hardware industry,” he says. Migicovsky sold Pebble to Fitbit, which is now owned by Google. “I will be using it in our joint quest for the perfect little Android phone. If no one else has built one, and enough people sign up… I will probably have to do it myself.”

If you want to sign up for the iPhone 13 mini from an Android dream, check out this link.


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