God damn it! All these knucklehead manufacturers can't seem to grasp the idea that there is a market for smaller flagship devices. Smaller phones should not mean lesser specs!
By all means, put in smaller 3.5" to 4.5" 720p screens. Maybe reduce the battery to make it fit.
But don't bloody scrimp on the CPU/GPU! Don't cheap out and put an inferior camera! Don't stick a barely visible TFT-LCD from 2003! Don't hobble it with a paltry 8GB of storage! Gah!
Is it too much to ask for a literal S4 Mini? Or a HTC One mini? or Xperia Z mini?
You know, a no-compromise, top-of-the-line hero phone.. just with a smaller screen and battery? Sigh.