Sony Xperia Z1 Mini shows up next to its bigger brother in newly leaked image

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 10, 2013

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Last week, Sony officially unveiled its latest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z1. What about the long-rumored “Mini” alternative to the Z1, where’s it at? If the rumor mill is to be believed, it’s still coming.

Just yesterday, an alleged image of the Z1 Mini’s front panel made its way to the web, and today we get our hands on what is supposedly the first ‘real-life’ picture of the device. In the image, the Z1 Mini is depicted next to two Xperia Z1 handsets and seems to closely follow the same design language of its bigger brother, only it’s obviously smaller.

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According to Chinese site Digi-Wo, the Xperia Z1 Mini will be the world’s first Mini handset to have high-end specs. Not only is the handset supposedly packing the same Snapdragon 800 CPU found on the Z1, but it also is said to have 2GB of RAM and a 20.7MP camera. Other specs include a 4.3-inch 720p display and 8GB of storage.

Of course it’s important to note that the specs could be wrong, and even the image could end up being a fake. As always, speculation is advised here.

If the specs are real? This could be huge news for the Android world. At 4.3-inches, a high-end Z1 Mini could certainly be an attractive handset for those that prefer smaller displays, including consumers that are looking to ditch the iPhone in favor of Android.

What do you think, would you be interested in a Snapdragon 800-powered Mini handset or do you prefer larger sized displays?

  • Jacob Markussen

    This mini would be huge!!
    I know a lot of people who would go for this instead of the bigger screened top spec phones.

    • Andrew Grush

      The Z1 Mini certainly sounds like a promising handset. Of course, the specs could turn out to be completely wrong.

      For now I remain a skeptic, but I have to admit this could be exciting news – if true. :)

      • najiy91

        sony rep said that z1 will have a mini version.previous article.

  • MasterMuffin

    Who would go as far as making it look like it has fingerprints and everything?? This is really nice, though looks really slim, which isn’t a nice thing because a 2500 mAh battery (at least) would be nice. I guess they can save battery life thanks to the smaller screen. The true iPhone killer (if only Samsung marketed this ;)

    • APai

      “if only Samsung marketed this”
      actually yes, its as if sony’s forgotten marketing. they have their quirky ways. but their ads are still from the 1980s. not the way apple or samsung constantly one ups each other

      • MasterMuffin

        And Samsung’s ads just are everywhere!

        • dodz

          that is why samsung is selling so many phones because they have a big budget on ads and advertising

          • MasterMuffin

            Well you have to give some credit, their devices are good (but not always the best though)

    • lil bit

      The slimness is the first thing that gives it away, fake. The second thing is the camera lens, it is proportionally smaller than the lens of Z1. Its a photoshopped/resized Z1, for sure.

      Its impossible to make it that slim and still have good specs and ok battery, and why would Sony use the top end design on a cheap model. I bet the real thing would be around 9mm thick, the thing in this photoshop is less than 7mm.

      • MasterMuffin

        According to everybody, this isn’t going to be a cheap model. Did you read the rumored specs, snapdragon 800 and the camera?? And the slimness isn’t impossible

        • lil bit

          That’s my point, it’s not supposed to be a cheap model, so why does it have a small lens? And 2400 mah in 7mm body? This is Photoshop or its not the Z1 mini. This has fake written all over it.

          • MasterMuffin

            The rumor of the same camera may not be true, it could “only” be 16mp or 13mp camera

  • najiy91

    i think it is not fake.z1 leaks before were true.and most important sony rep said that they will,make a mini version of z1.believe it.

  • APai

    HD resolution and snapdragon 800 ? that’d be a beast!

    • Jaun Lombard

      Nope…they will follow the trend of and 720p HD screen and dual core…

      • The Xperia ZR?

        • APai

          good point there. ZR is a great little phone

          • spade

            Yeah, it has good battery life, i like to replace my current TX, but 8gb internal and vga FFC stopped me, now waiting for Honami mini :/

          • APai

            exactly my thoughts when i held it. I can’t move apps to sd card without rooting :(

            11gb of internal storage isn’t enough for me.

            Interesting – we both have pretty much the same device. so upgrading soon ? I picked my T on launch. I have a good mind to keep this one going for as long as it lasts. I’m pretty happy save for small niggles occasionally (then I get really pissed with sony, but nothing earth shaking!)

          • spade

            I want to root my device too, but i’m no good with PC(true story).
            Yeah, 8gb internal…how many left for user? :D

            I bought my TX in January after the launch(very late launch in my country for last year’s flagship), i’ll wait for Nexus 5 or Honami mini for upgrade :)

          • APai

            I have a good mind to try out the nexus 5. the prospects of getting the latest firmware immediately is pretty exciting.

          • spade

            Too bad the Nexus devices don’t have SD slot, but i’m kinda used to it since my TX SD slot is none Hot-Swap and you need to remove the battery to change it. Now i just hope the new Nexus come with no glass on the back. :/

          • APai

            “Now i just hope the new Nexus come with no glass on the back. :/”
            looks like you might be in luck. the lg leaks seem to indicate that. these days leaks are pretty reliable. it also maybe the companies themselves leaking info, to gauge the mood to react accordingly – at least get it right in pricing or other offers (if the mood happens to be a bit negative).

          • spade

            Yeah, hope so :)

          • lil bit

            Yep, notice that ZR follows Xperia V in almost every way, even the waterproofing with removeable back cover. It is the Xperia V2, and thats why it has such disappointing storage and frontcam. Now if Sony do like Samsung and reintroduce the Move App to SD then ZR will be an ok phone, as it stands now it is useless, you cant even put the Sony Music Unlimited offline playlists on SD.

          • spade

            Yeah, that is why i hate Sony, they separate phone memory with internal memory, unlike Samsung phones :(
            You know, since Sony Ericsson days, Xperia X10 come with no FFC, a years later the Xperia Arc/Arc S still doesn’t have it either. Well, Sony Mobile seems like doesn’t change much either though :/

  • Ryan Castle

    16/8 GB on Xperia Z1/Mini? MicroSD or not, why not 32/16? They would look more flagship-ish like this.

  • fdre

    fake photo or bound to be a disappointment. something that thin and small cannot carry a 2400mah battery.

  • Lee

    This looks gorgeous than Z1.These Specs are crazy.
    Even the specs are halfway true and instead of snap 800 they go for 600 I’d more than happy.

  • Rup

    Z1 mini is very much possible because of already released Xperia zr
    High end specs at low price :)

  • sasquacho

    i would get this if it’s true that they didn’t water down the specifications. im ok with 720p. Expandable memory is a must.

  • StillSony

    If the specs are true i’d go with this or z ultra :)

  • Cecil

    This kind of looks fake. Hope I’m wrong and hope it comes out this year and comes to ATT. I think people would pay 199 w/ a 2 yr contract for this phone, I would. A smaller screen doesnt mean a smaller price it just means its more portable IMHO.

  • Jesús G. Pinto González

    Personally, I don’t dig Sony Xperia phones so much, but that aside, I must say, if that Z1 mini is for real, and is basically keeping most high-end specs from its bigger brother, then Well done, SONY!

    I’ve always thought “mini” versions of a phone should only be reduced in size, but never is spec sheet, which basically Samsung and htc are doing (wrong)