Sony unveils first promo videos for the Sony Xperia Z1 f (Z1 mini)

by: Adam KoueiderOctober 12, 2013

The Sony Xperia Z1 f is the long awaited mini version of a flagship Android smartphone which retains the high-end specs of its big brother, the Xperia Z1.

Unfortunately, the Xperia Z1 f is currently an exclusive to Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t see the smartphone in other parts of the world. Until that day comes, enjoy the two Sony has put out two promo videos for the Sony Xperia Z1 f, comparing it to the larger Xperia Z1, and also giving us a look into its compact frame.

The first video also shows off the aluminum and glass body of the Xperia Z1 f, as well as some of the nifty features inside of the camera app which controls that amazing 20.7MP camera. The second video takes a look at the four colors (white, pink, yellow and black) that the Xperia Z1 f comes in, and then showcases some more camera features.

The Sony Xperia Z1 f keeps the 20.7 MP G lens camera and the quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz found in the Xperia Z1. The Xperia Z1 f does compromise a little, decreasing the screen size to 4.3-inches across with a lower screen resolution of 1280×720, which still retains a relatively high pixel density of 342 PPI. The battery is also smaller, reduced to 2300mAh from the 3000mAh battery found in the Xperia Z1 in order to fit the battery into the smaller frame.

Let’s hope that the Xperia Z1 f makes its way to other shores in the near future, because it could be a real competitor to the iPhone 5S for those who prefer smaller handsets.

  • pagger08

    See that’s how to do a mini how comes Sony can keep all the high end spec’s the other makers drop! Iphone users will still complain its too big !

    • RanRu

      Hopefully this will follow the same path as the RAZR MAXX with its battery and other manufacturers will [eventually] follow suit.

    • Anselmo

      Im iphone user and i want this z1f

  • Cecil

    If this came out in US it will sell a bunch

    • dave birney

      if it worked on the same radio frequencies there wouldnt be any reason that you could just buy one off ebay in a few months? or am i wrong?

      and im sure there must be some app that lets you disable the lte so it wont be draining the battery.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Sony pulling back out of the US markets?

    • lil bit

      From my understanding they are not doing anything, they are keeping their presence at their current level, not expanding and not reducing. From what i read I can speculate that they feel the US market requires massive advertising, and i happen to know something they didnt mention, and that is that they are already spending by hiring promoters for campaigns in Asia with promoter contracts of 6 months, obviously they plan to strengthen their presence in Asia first before risking expensive ad campaigns in USA. Keep in mind that they had big losses just a year ago, the recent turnaround may not last forever, cautious spending could be wise.

      • EvenInTheDarkestHour

        It would seem from web chatter that Sony would need to do little more than release a model on, or just compatible with the 4 bigs. Instant traction in the market, if they preform as comments from (claimed) owners suggest. But as we know too well, to call tech market fickle would be a gross understatement.

        • RanRu

          If performance alone were enough, HTC wouldn’t be in the situation they’re currently in. Sony is, sadly, quite right. It would require a massive advertising campaign to make a dent in Samsung’s monopoly.

  • Brendon Brown

    Who knows , maybe Sony will be the king of the Mini Android devices ?

    • lil bit

      In a way they already are, Sony Ericsson is gone but the Xperia line lives on. The Xperia Mini followed much the same philosophy back in 2011, it had same chipset and storage as the higher models (not the flagship though). And X10 Mini before that was an impressive little thing at its time as well but that one is too severely outdated by now.

      I have an Xperia Mini, someone gave it to me like half a year ago, i been using it a lot, still a capable little phone.

  • lil bit

    Looking at he first video it has a very nice size, i like. But ever since i heard about the new Sharp with 4.5″ Full HD display i am disappointed with only HD at this size. Full HD critics dont have to like it but higher resolution means more space for content at the same display size. Another thing is that Z1f is big enough to fit a 4.5 inch display.

    Anyway, i tested G2 yesterday, too inefficient in use and the UI is grotesque (plus not available in 32GB, as expected), so waiting for Z1 to arrive here next Fri/Sat for some hands on, then decide if Z1 or Z1f is the way to go. Still love my Z, capable cam and more than enough performance, there’s noting really wrong with Z, its slimmer, smaller and lighter than Z1 as well.

  • RanRu

    Aren’t the Xperia Z1 and Z1 f water- and dust-resistant like their predecessor? I’m surprised the video didn’t touch on that.

    I’m also loving the DDR-esque background music.