Is this the rear panel of the international version of the Sony Xperia Z1 mini?
The only changes between Sony's full-sized flagship and the mini is the smaller 4.3 inch screen, the lower 720 x 1280 resolution and the lower capacity 2300mAh battery fpund on the bite-sized model. But if you were worried about the battery, don't be. In early tests, the battery on the smaller version of the Xperia Z1 outlasted the full-sized phone and its 3000mAh battery. The Xperia Z1f has already raced to the top of Japan's smartphone sales charts and is being compared to the Apple iPhone 5s.
Just the other day, we told you that Sony's website in China is teasing an event for January 3rd. That could be the unveiling of the international Sony Xperia Z1 mini. With that in mind, and with only a few days before January 3rd, it might not be that unusual to find a picture popping up that is allegedly showing us the rear panel of the Sony Xperia Z1 mini aka the Sony D5503.
We could see the Sony Xperia Z1 mini announced on the 3rd, but unveiled at CES a few days afterward. The Sony D5503 tallied a score around 35,000 on its AnTuTu test making this a potential powerhouse. Also expected at CES is the Sony Xperia Z1S which is now believed to be a refresh version of the Xperia Z1 with a centered earpiece on top of the device, and a few other cosmetic changes.
The rear panel allegedly belonging to the international version of the Sony Xperia Zi mini
source: digi-wo.com (translated) via XperiaGuide
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Now, that right there is what you call a true mini.
3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
You mean a physical home button? No, that will ruin it's design.
26. tech2 (Posts: 1882; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Unfortunately, some people prefer productivity/ease of use over 'design'
40. jan25 (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
How is a physical button more productive than software keys? I find it easier to switch between apps with a slight touch on a software key than having to double press or long press a physical home button.
58. Kishin (Posts: 583; Member since: 30 May 2013)
The physical button keeps the phone looking nice, clean and take up no screen space.
59. tech2 (Posts: 1882; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Biggest drawback of on-screen buttons is the loss of precious display screen (where the buttons are on the screen all the time).
They also result in dead pixels over a long period of time.
Often i end up pressing the home button when playing games for example (happens a lot during Temple Run wheh i intent to Jump)
Its easier to wake up the phone using a physical home button Rather than to reach all the way up every time to unlock it.
with home button, the phone can be operated from within the pocket without looking at the screen. eg snoozing the alarm in the morning without looking at the screen, etc.
Last physical home buttons as more funcionatyof double tap and long press which is not possible in on-screen buttons.
6. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Those aren't "bazels", that is the rear glass body of the Z1 Mini.
13. ihavenoname (Posts: 1319; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Headline; "Is this the REAR PANEL of international version of Z1 Mini" Btw that phone is beast, I hope it comes to Finland.
14. hmd74 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
I know that.... But as the design is the same as what we saw in Z1, there's no doubt that it has those bazels!!!
38. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Maybe when you learn how to spell people might take you seriously. I believe you meant to type bezels, not "bazels"...
44. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)
You understood what he said right? Not everyone here is a native english speaker, don´t be so fallacious.
5. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
If it has micros SD and is actually compact, it will be the best phone out there. Period.
16. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
It has all that and it is one of the best phones out there.
7. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
One day my two favorite companies will learn to slim down their products' bazles.
12. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
SO, one of your favorite compaNY is NOKIA right?
17. ihavenoname (Posts: 1319; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
If you look his/her profile picture and his/her username you can see he/she is die-hard Acer fan.
18. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Acer fan? I can't see any Acer on his username and his profile picture. All I can see is Nokia.
23. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Speaking about joke, I'm disappointed because nobody see what I did in comment #12.
19. Alex123 (Posts: 208; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Xperia Z1 and its mini version are as ugly as the iphone in bezel - too large.
20. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5207; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Xperia Z1 and Z1 Mini looks more beautiful than the iPhone.
29. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
You can enjoy your slim bezel phone but with the first drop you must say BYE BYE to your dear gadget. lol
51. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6230; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
And again stop complaining bout bezels don't like it then don't buy it. My Z1 is thinner than the iph5s
52. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
what is the problem with "those bezels" ???
Z1 mini bezels is about the same size as my GS2.
I know it's a little bigger for today's standards, but its very reasonable because until this day no one can make bezelles waterproof phone.
25. hmd74 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
Just look at this pic...
What if Z1 looked like this?!!
28. fireblade (Posts: 660; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
wow that's perfect. You should give that picture to Sony
30. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
But i want to see a drastic change in Sony's 2014 design.
53. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 194; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Looks amazing. It takes cues from Nokia, Apple and HTC aka companies with the best design departments. It also is mainly a Sony phone.
27. fireblade (Posts: 660; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Looks like iPhone 4, but it's better design
32. MrKoles (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Oh wow, it´s a tad bigger and a lot thicker than my old Galaxy S2...absolutely "mini"
35. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
We're entering 2014 man.
S2 had 2011 norms but now that every phone has a +5 inch display, 4.3 is definitely mini.
I always thought you're a logical person.
39. MrKoles (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)
Of course, that´s why I associate to Galaxy S4 mini...4,3 inches and not with on-screen buttons. Thickness is okay for the huge battery and 20 megapixel camera, but the length and width is not acceptable.
46. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
can you show me any waterproof phone with bezelless body???
for a waterproof phone the length and the width is very acceptable because it's about the same size like my GS2.
it also great improvment over Xperia V and Xperia Acro S
Droid Mini is 3.3 mm shorter same width and thickness but it also splash resistant with 2000 mAh battery.
54. Finest (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
Try looking at Softbank Sharp phones and Docomo Fujitsu phones. Their flagship's are almost bezel less also has a finger print scanner since 2011 !!!
Japanese have done this a lot of times i don't get it why sony can't offer this kind of phones, perhaps they prefer thickness over bezel.
41. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
Yeah Z1f is absolutely the ultimate "mini" with dimensions 127 x 65 x 9.4 it's only 1.7 mm taller, 1.1 mm narrower and 0.9 mm thicker than my GS2.
I think it's a great engineering achievement considering what sony put inside of Z1f especialy with IP58 certification and large battery.
50. hmd74 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
I'm remembering the day i wasn’t sure if 4.3 inch htc HD2 can fit in my pocket... And after that i bought the galaxy note with 5.3 inch :|
33. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
if the only difference is the shrunken down screen then its a no for me, the fact that its IP58 certified really blows. I could write a long list but what I consider a real deal breaker for me is the bad color reproduction when you turn the phone off axis, looks washed out
37. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
WOW, so many Sony haters here.
Have ever seen the screen of this phone or even have you read any review of it.
Go get life please.
56. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
you need to take a walk cuz I only mentioned my gripe on sony devices (Z, Z1) it's sad you have to become defensive over anything but a fact. IT'S NOT PERFECT
42. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
lol.... please show me any Z1f with bad color reproduction when you turn the phone off axis!!!
43. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
lol.... please show me any Z1f with bad color reproduction when you turn the phone off axis!!!
47. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
the only person to say IP58 certification "really blows". u retard bro?
57. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
I've compared the moto x with the Z1 side by side while playing the same video and the Z1 falls apart. I thought you were smart enough to think outside the box and what I meant by "really blows was not IP58 certification it was sacrificing the usual ports and speakers and display to get certified, for me that's a no no