Rumor has it that Google is developing a Pixel with a “tiny screen,” but you shouldn’t get your hopes up.

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 rumor suggests that Google may be developing a Pixel phone with a small screen.

According to Digital Chat Station on Weibo , Google is developing a small-screen flagship device that will complement the company’s line of smartphones. The phone would feature a family-style design on the back and a centered hole-punch design on the front, presumably to mirror the design of whatever Pixel generation it might be intended for.

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 were some of the only flagship-level handsets with screens under six inches from the original Pixel through the Pixel 4 series, but that has since changed.

Though both of the most recent phones from the firm are much larger than earlier versions, the basic 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 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 our Kyle Bradshaw and Dylan Roussell note, Neila does not fit into 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 definitely not an animal.

The bigger market trend toward smaller smartphones is the second factor. Nowadays, people seem to choose larger smartphones, and Apple is the best example to use in this regard. After only two years, the iPhone 14 series discontinues the Mini model and replaces it with a larger version of Apple’s popular flagship.

Personally, I wouldn’t get too excited about the possibility of a Pixel with a small screen just yet. Just continue using a Pixel 5 as long as you can if you desire one.

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