Sony Xperia Z1 Mini specs leak, also reveal first picture of the device

by: Adam KoueiderSeptember 30, 2013
Sony Xperia Z1

The regular Sony Xperia Z1.

We first caught wind of the rumored Xperia Z1 mini back when it was still known as the “Sony Honami mini” and it was rumored to finally be the smaller version of a powerhouse smartphone which retained the high-end specs of its big brother. Today, another leak has come out which seems to confirm those high-end specs in a much more pocketable version of the Xperia Z1.

In a purported brochure for Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, the Xperia Z1 mini is compared against the Xperia Z1 revealing very similar specifications. While this could still be a fake, it looks to be very convincing.

Xperia Z1 mini leak

While my Japanese isn’t as good as it used to be (okay, it was never any good), we can still decipher that the Xperia Z1 mini matches the larger Xperia Z1 in many aspects including the processor, RAM and camera.

The Xperia Z1 mini is said to retain the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, as well as the 20.7MP G Lens camera, IP 58 rated dust and water resistance and 2GB RAM found in the Xperia Z1.  The differences come in screen size, where the Xperia Z1 mini houses a 4.3-inch (1280×720) display and a smaller 2300mAh battery.

With a rather large frame for its screen size, the Xperia Z1 mini looks to retain the large bezels of its big brother, but those great specs make up for it.


The Xperia Z1 mini is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the Xperia UI on top and will come in four colors (black, white, pink and yellow). The dimensions on the smartphone don’t seem to be very small with a 4.3-inch display, the 127 x 64.9 x 9.4mm body is much smaller than the Xperia Z1’s 144 x 74 x 8.5mm frame, but compared to other mini variants of high-end handsets (like the 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm frame on the Galaxy S4 Mini), it’s not quite the smallest device on the block. That means that the rather large bezels on the Xperia Z1 look to have been transferred to the Xperia Z1 mini, but we’re sure those high-end specs make up for it.

Xperia Z1 and Z1 mini compared leak

Remember, these are all unconfirmed rumors, so take it all in with a grain of salt. There’s also no release date to speak of yet, but we don’t think it could be too long of a wait for those of you looking for a smaller high-end Android handset.

Are you looking forward to the Xperia Z1 mini? Is this finally the high-end smaller Android handset we’ve been waiting for?

  • fatspirit

    I’ll take it if it will come this year.

  • foggyflute

    This one vs Xiaomi Mi3… very tough decision for Feb :-o

    • Bone

      Mi3 is a big boy though… I’d go for it anyway, only the Nexus 5 can beat that beast to the price anyway, and there’s no guarantee it’ll start at $300 again.

      • foggyflute

        As a motorbike rider, having a big phone in pocket is a pain in the… thigh, it also hard to take out as well.

        I like small phone but powerful of it own era like Xperia Ray, iPhone 4, Xperia SX, Mi2s, Xperia ZR and now this one – but that damn Mi3 really out weight the cons with the low price.

  • Tamadrummer94

    About time, this sounds promising.

  • Doubleback

    “With a rather large frame for its screen size, the Xperia Z1 mini looks
    to retain the large bezels of its big brother, but those great specs
    make up for it.”

    ONLY if the pice is right, Z1 is overpriced and the camera is a disappointment, 2200LPH on the resolution chart, only 31.2% of the 20.7MP(probably even worse on the edges of the frame). Plus noise and everything else.

    • BG

      Which review was that – I’d be interested to read it. I thought every digital camera that’s ever been built only used about 3/4s of the sensor – as sensors are square and lenses round ?

  • APai

    if it retains the flagship Z1’s entire feature set, this one will be the best phone in the 4-5inch space. sony’s got it right.

  • raj

    all the other Mini phones are not worthy of being a Mini, when compared to the brandname they shared.

    For example: S3 Mini
    S4 Mini
    HTC One Mini

    All were poor spec-ed phones, ala iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S, just sharing the brand name of a good flagship device
    At least Z1 Mini is a beast and comparable to the flagship Z1

    Congrats Sony
    Keep it up

    • APai

      if it’s a HD phone and not a FHD, then it will not have to drive those extra pixels – it’s going to be even more powerful than Z1 in benchmarks

      • raj

        for sure. it is going to be a beast, as for 4.3″ screen HD Resoution will be a killer. Example: Nexus 4. The Full HD screen can be a CPU drainer in many case. So yes, i agree completely. This Z1 Mini is going to be a B E A S T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jacob

      Yes, Sony was the only company that listened and understood our need. We don’t want it cheaper, we just want it smaller in size!

  • MasterMuffin

    This could be the base of a mini Nexus. Google should try to make a Nexus, a mini Nexus and a Nexus phablet just to see if they’d have any buyers

  • GasparIPerez

    FINALLY a Mini device that isn’t shit. All other mini devices are low-specs, OEMs don’t realize that there’s people who want a top high end device with a smaller screen. Sony is just getting better and better.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Not bad, not bad at all O.o

  • jangaleon

    that is sick!!

  • tomn1ce

    Finally a true Mini…..all the other Minies are lacking in the spec dept…

  • Dusan

    Lol, so the only reason they used such huge bezel on Z1 is because of a slightly larger battery?
    C’mon. If those rumors are true, there was no need to make a phone with such huge bezel.
    I played around with it when I was shopping for Note 3, and it just doesn’t have that appeal.

    • BG

      I wish I could pop open the back and see the battery. If it is indeed the full length of the chassis, then hats off to Sony for being bold and showing that functionality is sometimes more important than looks. But if it does take up the entire length, it’ll make me wonder why Sony didn’t just remove the bezels and fit a 2700mAh battery, which would still have been better than anything else. Maybe they just want the Z1 to remain competitive for longer, and to be honest, I don’t see the other manufacturers trying to cram 3000mAh batteries into their handsets just yet, and if they do, they’ll either have to make the screen bigger (retaining aspect ratio), which will negate the benefits of a larger battery.

  • Jaun Lombard

    I’ll buy it…want to replace my phone with a smaller android but with awesome camera!

    • BG

      Hang on for it then….the Z1’s camera is awsome. Sony have got it just right this time.

  • itzvarma

    as a current Xperia Ray owner .. yepeee … this is the phone i have been waiting for !!! thnx Sony !!

  • Sam

    The Xiaomi Mi-3 is already available, and it’s way, way bigger at 144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm

  • This is my next.

  • egon

    Shiiiiiit (the wire) i would buy this phone ASAP!!

  • BG

    Seems good to me – choose between big battery and big screen and big device, or everything a bit smaller. If both were in the shops now, I’d have trouble deciding which to go for – which seems to me a good sign that both are brilliant devices !