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Leaked image of the Sony Xperia Z1S surfaces, likely the LTE variant of the Xperia Z1

A new image recently surfaced showing off a Sony phone dubbed the Xperia Z1S. While some rumors suggest this could be the international Xperia Z1 f, it seems more likely that we are looking at the LTE-equipped version of the Xperia Z1.
October 21, 2013

Over the weekend, an image surfaced (via @evleaks) showing off a new Sony handset that is supposedly dubbed the “Sony Xperia Z1S”. Not too long after the photo landed some tech sites reported the handset might be the international version of the Sony Xperia Z1 f – aka the Xperia Z1 Mini. But is it really?

Looking at the Z1 f and Z1S side-by-side (below), you’ll notice that the height of the software keys, screen DPI and even the power button seem to indicate that the Z1S might actually be a bigger sized handset than the Z1 f.

So if this isn’t the Z1 f, what are we looking at?


Considering the layout and color tone perfectly matches a previous @evleaks image of the back of the T-Mobile branded Sony Xpera Z1, we’d guess that this handset is merely the LTE version of the Sony Xperia Z1. This wouldn’t be the first time that we’ve seen Sony give their handsets a different name for the U.S. market, and it’s not the only time we’ve seen minor cosmetic revisions of Sony handsets either.

While we’d love to see the Sony Xperia Z1 f come to the U.S. in some form, we strongly doubt that the Xperia Z1S is the mini handset that some folks have been waiting for. We would be happy to be wrong though, as a smaller-screened handset with bleeding edge specs sounds absolutely amazing.

What do you think, could this be the Xperia Z1 Mini or are we more than likely looking at a minor LTE-touting revision of the Sony Xperia Z1?