The Sony Xperia Z1 f is well known to us, most notably as the smaller version of the Xperia Z1 flagship. It is also known to have quite a lot of similarities with its elder sibling, but the display is not one of them. As 1080p 4.3 inch displays are hard to come by, Sony decided to go with a 720p 1280 x 720 display instead, thus bringing down the quality substantially, or so we thought.
According to a new comparison, the 4.3 inch display on the Xperia Z1 f outshines the 5 inch 1080p Triluminos display on the Xperia Z1 by a fair margin. This is a bit hard to fathom, especially considering how seriously the display of a smartphone is taken, but the results are well within the public domain now. This display on the mini variant apparently has better contrast and clarity thanks to a slightly superior grade IPS panel used. So if you thought the display resolution on the Xperia Z1 f is a deal breaker, you might want to reconsider.
The Sony Xperia Z1 f was officially launched in Japan on December 19, with speculation of a global launch soon. A new rumor claims that the day is nigh as Sony could unveil the global variant of the Xperia Z1 mini or the Xperia Z1S on January 3. This isn’t completely hard to believe and it makes some sense as the smartphone has always known to be right around the corner. The existence of the mini variant of the Xperia Z1 was revealed back in October, but it took Sony and NTT Docomo two and a half months to launch it officially in Japan. The information of a global launch was accidentally given away by Sony China, which shows an event scheduled for that day.
The smartphone will certainly take the world markets by storm if Sony launches it appropriately. There’s plenty coming through these days in the form of mini variants, but none stand up to the Xperia Z1 f. The HTC One Mini or the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini are merely underpowered clones of the bigger sibling, but the Xperia Z1 f is just smaller by size and matches strength to strength in everything else with its bigger sibling, the Xperia Z1.
The Sony Xperia Z1 f was announced way back in October through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo for the local market. The handset however made its way to the Japanese markets very recently (December 19) and a new report claims that it has been a huge success so far. Japan isn’t traditionally favorable towards Samsung or HTC smartphones, so the likes of the Apple iPhone 5s and the 5c were dominating sales charts since September. However, the arrival of the Xperia Z1 f has turned things in favor of Sony.
The Xperia Z1 f is effectively the most popular smartphone in Japan now, which is good news for Sony. But sadly, the good news ends there as its reach is limited to only Japan for the time being. The smartphone has immense potential to make it big in world markets, thanks to its small size and ultra-powerful hardware inside. Although it’s relatively smaller compared to a conventional Android handset, it features a flagship level hardware inside which makes all the difference, especially for a ‘Mini’ variant of a popular flagship. The Xperia Z1 f features the same 20.7MP Exmor RS camera from the Xperia Z1 as well as the 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 SoC, making it one of the most powerful mini handsets in the market now. It is hoped that Sony will launch the smartphone in global markets soon, hopefully during the CES event in early January.
The smartphone costs 79,800 Yen or $767 off contract and unlocked, which is quite the price to pay for a small sized handset. But given the hardware that is packed inside, we don’t think the pricing is over the top.
The Xperia Z1 f comes with a 4.3 inch 720p display, a 20.7MP camera on the back similar to the one on the Xperia Z1, 2GB of RAM, a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 2,300 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The global sibling of the Xperia Z1 f is known as the Xperia Z1S and is all set for a major announcement in a couple of weeks from now during CES.
Sony has just unveiled the much rumored Xperia Z1 fwhich was also known as the Xperia Z1 mini today in Japan. The official name of the smartphone however is a bit longer than we’re accustomed to – Xperia Z1f SO-02F. Well the smartphone is just what we imagined, as it comes with an almost identical specs sheet as the Xperia Z1. Packing inside the Xperia Z1 f is a 4.3 inch 720p display, a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, the same 20.7MP Sony G Lens camera, a 2.2MP front camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Android 4.2.2 and a 2,300 mAh battery.
The smartphone will be sold in Black, Pink, White and Lime color variants for an undisclosed amount. The sad news however is that the smartphone will remain an exclusive through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo for the time being, with no word on a global launch just yet. The carrier will begin taking pre orders from today while it might take until December for the smartphone to officially hit local stores in Japan. This is perhaps the best mini variant of a smartphone we’ve seen so far, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One Mini not exactly being powerful hardware wise. We dearly hope Sony manages to launch the smartphone in more countries, as a smartphone of this caliber has immense potential in pretty much every market out there.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Mini has just leaked out in Japan as the Xperia Z1 f on a brochure issued by the local carrier NTT Docomo. The smartphone has also been known as the Xperia Honami Mini in the past. So this is officially the third Mini smartphone from an Android manufacturer after the HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini earlier this year. It’s yet to be seen if the smartphone will remain an exclusive to Japan or make its way to other countries as well.
Thankfully, we also have some information on the specs of the smartphone to go along with the image. The Xperia Z1 f is slated to feature a 4.3 inch 720p display, the same 20.7MP Sony G Lens camera from the Xperia Z1, a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, a 2,300 mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.2 and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone, like all Sony flagships from 2013 will be water and dust resistant (IP55/58 certified). The brochure reveals that the smartphone will be sold in white, black, light green and pink colors. The Xperia Z1 f could prove to be quite the smartphone if Sony manages to plan a global release accordingly.