If you long for the days of 2011, when 5.3-inch smartphones were enormous outliers rather than the norm, Sony has some news that may interest you: its flagship Xperia Z5 smartphone and its smaller-but-still-high-end sibling the Xperia Z5 Compact are coming to the US on February 7, 2016.
Sony smartphones are the only non-Nexus Android phones I’d even remotely consider buying. Even though they, too, suffer from the ridiculous update situation, they are at least trying to sell a nice, compact, high-end Android phone. In fact, I find it kind of remarkable that some version of the Z5 Compact isn’t available in a Nexus configuration.
I never understood why manufacturers make the “mini” versions low-end. There seems to be a HUGE market for high-end phones that are smaller than the 5+ inch monsters.
That said, I love my LG G3 “monster” to death, and it’s the first android phone I ever used that I didn’t feel the need to put CyanogenMod or similar onto.