Was the padding size increased in Brave Desktop 121.0.6167.85?

After just updating I notice there are rounded corners on every icon, and there is a larger padding…

Why is this done? It now looks as big as on chrome browser and it reduces the webpage screen size we can see.


Brave, Chrome, Vivaldi:

How do I get back the compact mode?
I don’t want brave to look closer to chrome browser… I specifically don’t use chrome because if its ugly massive UI that reduces webpage screen size and feels like they cater to touch screen users for some reason.

I do not use touch screen and never will on a desktop computer (laptop), why should we have these massive paddings? Isn’t there a way to detect if a person uses touch or no and then adjust them accordingly?