Upcoming Asus phone could fill the Sony Xperia Compact-shaped hole in your heart

Sony Xperia 5 III
Sony Xperia 5 III (Image credit: Sony)

If you're a fan of small-body phones you likely followed the Sony Xperia Compact news - rumors suggested the Xperia 1 III would be joined by a small-form cousin, yet at the launch event for that phone, the 1 III was only joined by the Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III. No small phones to be seen.

However we've been hearing about another compact Android phone that might actually launch, called the Asus Zenfone 8 Mini. Various small rumors have hinted at this phone's existence, and Pocketnow has now spotted the handset listed on benchmarking website Geekbench.

It seems this mini-sized phone will have the top-end Snapdragon 888 chipset, according to the listing, and the benchmark test shows some pretty impressive results. So not only could this compact phone fill in the Xperia Compact-shaped hole in your heart, it could be pretty great too.

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Various rumors suggest the Asus Zenfone 8 Mini will have a 5.92-inch screen, a surprising 16GB of RAM, a FHD+ screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 64MP main camera.

As the 'Mini' prefix suggests, there's also expected to be a 'standard' version of the phone, though we haven't heard much about that. Most rumors have concerned the Mini model, perhaps because many tech leakers and writers have an affinity for small-body phones.

We'll hopefully find out more about the Asus Zenfone 8 Mini soon, but we don't really have any clue when - stay tuned to TechRadar for more information on the matter if and when we get it.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.