A purported photo of the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini has just surfaced online. The image was spotted at etradesupply.com, an electronics ecommerce website. Japan-based technology website RBmen first published the photo, after having seen it on the Chinese Digi-Wo forum.
The leaked photo shows the Sony logo above the smartphone’s display. It also features a rectangular body with minimal curved edges on the upper part of the handset. The smartphone looks quite similar with the recently-released Sony Xperia Z1 Mini when the photos are placed side-by-side.
Previous rumors have suggested that the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini, which allegedly has the code name Ray 3, sports the following specifications: a 4.3-inch Triluminos 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.3GHz, 16GB of internal storage space, a microSD card slot for expansion, 2GB of RAM, a 2400mAh battery. According to a previous report, it will be the smallest smartphone that features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor when it is released. It will also supposedly feature the same 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with G Lens (27mm wide angle and F2.0 aperture) camera that is likewise found on the Xperia Z1.
These alleged specifications are very similar with those found on the Sony flagship. The main differences between the two appear to be the battery and of course, the size of the display: the Xperia Z1 has a 3000mAh battery and a 5-inch Full HD display.
In other words, if the specifications are correct, the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini will be a smaller but still powerful version of the flagship device. Other manufacturers that have released Mini versions of their flagship devices include Samsung, which has the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC, which has the HTC One Mini.
According to RBmen, the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini will be released sometime this fall. However, no definite date was given.