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Sony’s Small Powerhouse, the Xperia Z1 f Goes on Sale in Japan; International Release Still Likely

December 19, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Even before the Xperia Z1 was announced by Sony at IFA, we were hearing rumors about a smaller “mini” version of the device, known then as the Honami Mini. When Sony unveiled their latest flagship though, there was nothing about a smaller version of the device and it looked like the rumor mill had gotten the best of all of us. That was however, until Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo unveiled their winter 2013 – 2014 lineup of devices, with a curious device named the Xperia Z1 f. Coming in at 4.3-inches, the Xperia Z1 f is a dead ringer for the Xperia Z1 and as a “mini” device, you’d imagine that the specs inside of this little guy would be a lot worse than it’s bigger brother, you’d be wrong though.

The Xperia Z1 f features the same Snpadragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 20.1-megapixel camera and build that the Xperia Z1 carries. The only real difference here is the screen size and resolution, at 4.3-inches and with a resolution of 1280 x 720, it’s still very respectable. Cramming all that power into such a small device is no mean feat and Sony should be commended for that alone but, even more so for actually bringing the device to market. While everyone else is concerned with bigger and better, Sony is the only Android manufacturer that’s more than happy to produce a premium device under 5-inches.

While the device is going on sale in Japan right now, there is word of an International release for the device and we’ve seen a fair amount of evidence to suggest as much. The Xperia Z1 S as it’s come to be known in the West has leaked out a few times now and a device with the name of “Anami” has floated by the FCC, looking a lot like the Xperia Z1 f. Overall though, we can’t really imagine Sony putting all the effort in to make such a device as this and to only release it in Japan, no matter how successful they might be there. If the Xperia Z1 “mini” were to launch on carrier in the US, we think it’d do wonders for their brand here, what do you think?