Balmuda Phone unveiled with 4.9” display, pebble-shaped design

16 November 2021
Pre-orders in Japan start tomorrow for JPY 104,800 ($916).

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IpsDisplay, 16 Nov 2021High prices have never stopped iPhone sales beforeIf for the same price you can either have a regular base iPhone 13 and an iPhone 13 Pro Max, both new, why on earth would you take the regular one?
Same story here, people buy for few reasons :
1: The product have been advertised (I've never seen a single iPhone mini ad).
2: The product is available, not all shops do sell the mini.
3: The price need to be attractive, it isn't, many mobile providers sell it for the same monthly cost as the base or the Pro.
4: The base specs people look for will be the number of camera and how big is a battery compared to other, the mini just get wasted to its bigger brothers.

With a nickname such as "IPSDisplay", are you sure you want to say that "if it is a niche, then it shouldn't exist"?
Because IPS displays on non-entry-level smartphones are a niche nowadays.

$916? good luck

hmm, 16 Nov 2021I hate this only for 2 reasons. The absurd high price and p... moreExact, the price to features and specs is awful, and the bezels are too thick to justify a punch hole.

And yeah, people would complain if it was thicker even though they don't realize that the smaller something is, the thicker it NEED to be in order to have a good handling.

other than the giant front camera hole, its pretty damn good.

Looks like a HTC Wildfire. The price should be $300, like the toaster. Well, maybe the phone itself is a small toaster...

  • Mr A

@Gsmarena
I think it's a typo 🤣
It should be $216. Check again pls.

  • Anonymous

Goddess Lyrienne, 16 Nov 2021I took onto consideration all of that when I posted that ed... moreIt's Japan. Why are you surprised? People pay more than 1k for a gimped iphone lmao.

  • Anonymous

fren, 16 Nov 2021this will arrive dead on arrival !!!! @$916 ??? who be craz... moreGood news, nobody outside Japan will have access or usage for this outside... Japan.
Cry moar.

  • Mr A

So now days compact means luxury price.
😆😆

I would buy this in a heartbeat if it was $300, we need small phones, i dont want to carry a tablet! But... $900 is way too much for a newcomer, too risky

Berserker, 16 Nov 2021try PUBG on a 5 inch phone and tell us what's the expe... moreThe experience will be bad even with a 32" screen, because it's PUBG we're talking about...

  • Anonymous

Berserker, 16 Nov 2021try PUBG on a 5 inch phone and tell us what's the expe... moreThats some weird request when there is nothing below 6 inch in the market that can run pubg

  • hmm

Anonymous, 16 Nov 2021Iphone 8 sold well over $700, but the similar price is used... moreWhy are you talking about iphone 8 ? If it's price was 800 euro on release 4 years ago then what is your point ? Like how is it different for now with 12 and 13 mini ? Iphone 12 and 13 are both still pretty compact in size if you compare anything that is with Android

  • Anonymous

Too expensive and will hurt your eyes. Try to use a large phone. Much better for your eyes.

  • Bork

Great to see a nice looking, ergonomic design for a change. Something like this with one great camera sensor and a reasonable price would be a welcome addition to the usual boring options

A tiny phone for my small kids, nice, will suit them well 😁

  • Carol

fren, 16 Nov 2021this will arrive dead on arrival !!!! @$916 ??? who be craz... moreWell, ignorance is bliss, right? Even bothered to research before uselessly comment like all.useless peanuts here in gsmarena? This device is for sure not made to be sold in india, so don't bother talking. G..this forums are full of ignorance.

Pabliell, 16 Nov 2021Yeah, we never played games on our phones, until those beca... moretry PUBG on a 5 inch phone and tell us what's the experience.

Anonymous, 16 Nov 2021spec is very very fine, the price is not you won't ... moreYeah, we never played games on our phones, until those became near 7" monstrosities.

  • Anonymous

fren, 16 Nov 2021this will arrive dead on arrival !!!! @$916 ??? who be craz... moreThis is sold in Japan only. Japanese phones tend to have a high price and they have no problem paying it.