Xperia Z1 f (Xperia Z1 mini) now official in Japan

October 10, 2013

xperia z1 f mini press

Sony just unveiled the Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F), a 4.3-inch variant of the Xperia Z1 that will be carried exclusively by Japanese operator Docomo.

Sharing most of the specifications of its older sibling, the Xperia Z1 f is targeted to Android users who prefer smaller devices but don’t want to skimp on quality. The petite flagship features a 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen of 720p resolution, a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2300 mAh battery, and the same 20.7MP camera that equips the Xperia Z1.

At least in theory, the smaller resolution should not be a problem on such a small display, as you can see from the video below.

The Xperia Z1 f is 30 grams lighter than the Z1, but is slightly thicker, at 9.4 millimeters. Fortunately, Sony maintained the excellent build quality of the Z1, with that gorgeous glass and aluminum frame giving the mini version a sleek allure. The phone will be available in black, white, purple, and lime.

There’s a chance Sony will make the mini version of the Xperia Z1 available internationally, but, for now, we have no confirmation on the matter. There clearly is demand for smaller Android flagships, and the Xperia Z1 f/mini sets a new standard in this area, so we do hope to see it soon in more markets.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    The prophecy prevails! Android shall be the new king of the hobbits!

    • APai

      for a HD resolution, this phone will absolutely fly. I bet it will give even the best phones a good run for the money. 20mp cam ..woo, really good all round package!

      • spade

        Agreed, now it’s hard for me to choose between this and Nexus 5 :D

  • LAKAME

    IT IS HERE o_O

    • Борис Михаилов

      Nope, it’s there, not here (yet). :’(

  • Luka Mlinar

    I don’t get why they put a Snapdragon 800 processor when it has a 2300 mAh battery. S4 Pro would be more the enough for this phone.

    • athi ban

      I guess S800 is more power efficient than S4 pro …. so battery wont be a problem ..correct me if i am wrong

      • Jason Bailey

        No your spot on, Im extremely impressed by the power efficiency of the S800 in my Xperia Z Ultra

        • Luka Mlinar

          Really? Well, damn! Guess there’s hope for the Nexus 5 than :)

          • cs098

            also remember the z1 mini only needs to power a 720p display, less pixels to push, more battery life.

          • spade

            Yep. +1

    • Mastermind

      That’s like asking why fly Business class when Economy can take you from Point A to Point B.

      If you can afford it and you like it, so be it.

  • RanRu

    About time a manufacturer made a mini version of a flagship phone properly.

  • Jaun Lombard

    GIMME THE LIME ONE!!!! I’ve been waiting soooo long for a mini phone with excellent specs! If I can only get it rooted and load a ROM, because Sony’s UI sucks, IT WILL BE A BEAST! Snapdragon 800 with 720p screen….can someone say TOP MARKS FOR PERFORMANCE!

  • Jason Bailey

    An issue I see for sony is the large top and bottom bezels on the device… It probably makes the device as large as a 4.7″ device. Top marks for squeezing in the top end specs… and I think 720p screen is completely fine at that screen size.

    • tech4life

      Well you have to fix that large camera module in.

    • pH

      127 mm x 65 mm x 9.4 mm a little bigger than SGS2

      • APai

        almost as big as the xperia T that I have – that’s a pretty handy size. the bezel is good for gaming on the phone.

    • itzvarma

      It seems they require the top bezel for the 20.7 MP camera and bottom one for large speaker ..

      • Jason Bailey

        I don’t buy it mate…. They have done the same with the normal Xperia Z from last year, Z1, and Z Ultra.. It doesn’t matter so much on the larger devices but it does on the smaller ones.

        129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm is the size of the 4.7″ Moto X

        127 mm x 65 mm x 9.4 is the size of the Z1 F with 4.3″ Screen

        Its just wasted space. However that is the only apparent flaw I can find with this phone…

        • Benjamin Rodriguez

          No it’s for the waterproofing. Look at Xperia Z vs ZL: the non-waterproof one has smaller bezels. Same difference(but less dramatic) can be found between the S4 active and the normal S4. The Xperia V from last year was waterproof and was about the same size as this.

  • raj

    Awesomeness
    Please, for God’s sake, have an International release

    • http://yellowrex.com YellowRex

      Yup, I’m ready to buy one now, if I can get it unlocked to use on T-Mobile.

  • Jacob

    If they don’t make it international, I will buy from Amazon Japan.

  • ryq24

    It seems more people are more excited about this phone than its big brother.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Wish they had the international version. Think about how many people would actually buy it.

  • Kagnon

    So…. is it still waterproof?

    Nevermind, found it.
    It is still waterproof.

    • spade

      LOL.. Sadly the international version is not waterproof…..kidding :P

  • ProudToBePinoy

    This is SONY.

  • Hmmm

    Oh ffs. went from iphone 4s to z1. love the z1 but my only gripe is the size. had i known this was coming i wouldve waited. heard the would be a mini version but asumed it would be another mid-range phone in a shrunken case

  • Brendon Brown

    Mini Xperia Z1 with the Z1 specs? Whats not to love !

    P.S – Launch this internationally … seriously, don’t even ask questions.

  • Maarten

    oh well, I’m in.

  • claybrick

    to thick like a clay brick hahahaha..