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Rumor: Sony Xperia Z1S (Z1 Mini) to launch soon in China

Sony is rumored to launch the Sony Xperia Z1 f (Xperia Z1S / Z1 Mini) in other markets starting with China in early January.
December 28, 2013
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Sony will reportedly launch the Xperia Z1 f in other regions of the world in the very near future, with China apparently getting it first.

The smaller Xperia Z1 model – but which still sports high-end specs compared to other “mini” devices – is also known as the Xperia Z1S or Xperia Z1 Mini, even though it’s not clear whether Sony will use a different name for its international version.

Chinese publication cnBeta says the phone will be unveiled during the Chinese New Year Festival, will come in four colors and will cost 4099 Yuan, or around $675. The publication has also posted various pictures (see gallery below) that seem to indicate that the phone is indeed coming to China next month.

Furthermore, GforGames has spotted on Sony’s Chinese website images that suggests something may be scheduled for January 3 (see them below).

The Xperia Z1S / Z1 Mini is apparently codenamed the i3, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the device launch in other regions of the world as well in the coming months, not only China.

Considering that CES 2014 will kick off in just a few days, it would make sense to see Sony announce Xperia Z1 f launch plans for other markets – although that’s only speculation from our part.

What’s interesting about the Xperia Z1 f is that we’re practically looking at an Xperia Z1 model (top image) packed in a smaller device. Sure, the handset packs a 720p HD display instead of a Full HD screen, and has a smaller battery, but the RAM, storage and camera, as well as waterproof capabilities of its bigger brother are all there.

Would you purchase the smaller Xperia Z1 in case it launches in your market soon?