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Sony Xperia Z1 Mini to be the smallest smartphone with Snapdragon 800

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The Xperia Z1 Mini is an exciting device, even though the main item will be the 5.2-inch Xperia Z1, the mini version may not be the underrated mid-range device we are used to seeing from ‘mini’ Android smartphones.

Sony may add all the features on the Xperia Z1 to the Xperia Z1 Mini, making them the same phone with a different size. There is one problem with this move, there is currently no 1080p panel small enough to fit the Xperia Z1 Mini 4.3-inch size.

This may be the only shortfall, with Sony preparing to add the Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and the 20MP camera. This is the main feature, the 20MP camera will come with OIS, f/2.4 aperture, optical zoom and Sony’s G-Lens.

We still are not sure how Sony will market the Xperia Z1 Mini, will it be the same price as the Xperia Z1 or will it be the same price as the HTC One Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini. If they can hit a reasonable price point for people who want a smaller device, this may be a crowd-pleaser.

According to new reports, NTT DoCoMo will carry the Xperia Z1 Mini in the fourth quarter along with the Xperia Z1. We still have no confirmation either will come to Europe or the US, but we hope both make their way sometime in the next few months.


Galaxy S5 to have 16MP camera with optical image stabilisation



Samsung is still having problems converting the 16MP shooter found on the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy Camera to a camera suitable for the Galaxy Note series and the South Korean giant may fall back on a 13MP shooter similar to the Galaxy S4.

The main problem is making the large zoom and sensor fit into the phone, instead of being an extruding part. Samsung is hopeful this will be solved in time for the Galaxy S5, rumoured to be coming mid-2014.

The Galaxy S5 has lots of exciting rumours surrounding it, especially the idea of Samsung making an all metal device, instead of the cheap plastic we have seen on the Galaxy S4 and we will likely see on the Galaxy Note 3.

OIS is still a feature just coming to some devices and the Galaxy Note 3 will not get it according to a new report. The reason for this is scale, Samsung has been unable to grab enough to support the opening few months after launch and has decided to drop it.

Optical Image Stabilisation is quite new for smartphones but the Lumia 1020 and other camera phones have already got the feature inside. It is weird to see Samsung behind in a hardware push, with the company normally on top of all new features.

By the time the Galaxy S5 arrives on the market, Qualcomm, NVIDIA and MediaTek will all have new processor chips out, we believe. 3GB of RAM will be commonplace on Android and it is likely we will see a big push in NFC and LTE.

This is all good news for people wanting their next device to be capable of much more than the previous one. Samsung has started the two-year innovation gap and the Galaxy S4 falls under the “mostly internal change”, similar to the iPhone 4S.

With this in mind, we should see a complete new redesign on the Galaxy S5.


More Sony Honami images leaked, reconfirming 20MP camera



The Sony Honami is set to be one of the hottest devices at IFA next month, but until then we only have the daily specs, photos and leaked internal report updates to keep the hype up on the new camera-phone from Sony.

This new leak shows the Sony Honami in a few different snaps, showing the size of the device, the 20MP beast camera and the gorgeous 1080p display set to arrive on the smartphone.

The exact camera spec is 20.7MP and it will come with 1/2.3-inch sensor with G Lens and f/2.4 aperture. It is set to be an iconic camera-phone, to take on the Nokia Lumia 1020 in performance, stabilisation and just incredible photos.

Luckily for Sony, they are not tied down to Windows Phone and users will be able to post their high-definition shots to Instagram and all other photo sharing platforms. The Sony Honami may also be capable of capturing 4K video, a truly remarkable feat considering we were wowed by 1080p video a year ago.

We expect to see the Sony Honami at IFA on September 6 a few hours before the big Samsung event. The Sony Honami is placed in a category of its own, not part of the Xperia line and will be priced similar to other flagship models, hopefully not $299 in the US.

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Smartphone Coming In The Summer With 16 MP Camera

Despite failing to make the Galaxy Camera a mainstream hit in the technology world, Samsung has big plans for the future regarding the blurring of lines between smartphones and digital cams. A second-gen Galaxy Camera is allegedly in the works for a while now, but the biggest bomb Sammy might be dropping in the near future is something called the Galaxy S4 Zoom.

Something like this, but closer to the S4 design-wise and with voice communications support.
Something like this, but closer to the S4 design-wise and with voice communications support.

According to Sam Mobile, the GS4 Zoom is to be Samsung’s first ever camera phone, meaning it will have one selling point and only one – the rear-facing snapper. This will reportedly sport a 16 MP sensor, which is a novelty in the Android world, but still a long way from Nokia’s 41 MP cam fitted on last year’s 808 PureView phone.

But we know very well a cam’s quality is not all about the megapixel count, so something tells us that if Samsung will market this S4 Zoom as a “camera phone”, it will really rock an awesome shooter.

The rest of the features rumored for the Zoom include a pretty modest 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels resolution) AMOLED screen, just 8 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, plus the running of Android Jelly Bean (likely 4.1) with the TouchWiz Nature UX on top.

Mind you, this is going to be a smartphone and not a smart cam like the Galaxy Camera, so it will come with support for GSM voice communication too. As for the processor and RAM, those have apparently not been “decided yet”, which sounds a little fishy given Sam Mobile’s sources told the website the S4 Zoom will be launched sometime in June or July.

In any case, you shouldn’t expect the fellow to be equipped with 2 gigs of RAM or an octa-core CPU. Even a quad-core chipset seems like a slim possibility looking at that petite, low-res display and the 8 GB of storage, but hey, it’s not like a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at, say, 1.5 GHz would be so bad, right?

Codenamed SM-C1010, the GS4 Zoom is most definitely going to follow Galaxy S4’s design “philosophy”, meaning it might look very similar to the recently unveiled Galaxy Core. As for pricing, it’s nearly impossible to hope to make an accurate prediction at this time, but one thing is clear nevertheless – this thing needs to be cheaper than the Galaxy Camera. How about $400, Sammy? Or, if you really want to sell millions of these, $350.

Via [Sam Mobile]