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Sony Xperia Z1 Mini snapped alongside the Xperia Z1 in the clearest picture yet

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Sony Xperia Z1 Mini snapped alongside the Xperia Z1 in the clearest picture yet

Though some of us are still trying to shake off the buzz and excitement accumulated around IFA 2013, others are already moving on, and Sony may very well be one of them. Whether that's because of the rather cold reception at the unveiling of the new Sony flagship, or it simply showcases the steel resolve of the Japanese company as it moves to fulfill its ambition of conquering the smartphone market is anybody's guess.

A fitting tribute to Sony's war effort is the oft cited mini version of the Xperia Z1. And this is no coincidence – if the rumors turn out to be true, the Xperia Z1 mini, which you can see in purple above, will be the third rather unique phone in Sony's holiday portfolio. This is because, as our most faithful will already know, the Xperia Z1 mini is expected to come packing some unheard of hardware for a compact spin off of a flagship. Namely, while the phone's diagonal and resolution will go down to 4.3 inches and 720x1280, respectively, the compact version of the Z1 is said to pack the same muscle its bigger brother does – a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2GB of RAM, along with Sony's 20.7MP superstar of a camera.

There are skeptics, of course, and for a good reason – that much processing power, combined with the more efficient 720p screen will undoubtedly crown the Sony Xperia Z1 mini the king of performance, despite its conservative body. And while great performance never hurt nobody, in this case we've got to ask ourselves whether we're slipping into the domain of wishful thinking. Unfortunately, if the source has it right, we might have to wait for a while until we know for certain -- the announcement of the Xperia Z1 mini is suggested to take place during CES 2014 in January.

source: Digi-wo via XperiaGuide

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posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:18 8

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3181; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This thing will be truly awesome!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 09:08 1

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


you mean truly beautiful.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 11:46

29. GuitarPlayer (Posts: 36; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Agree! I love the Z1 but for me is too big. I have one S4 and i think that is the limit of size for me, in fact i prefer 4,5 screen. So now Z1 mini is looking realy great, and i want it!!

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:21 4

2. YodhaMali (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


Holy cow! Xperia Z1 Mini - Beast with beautiful looks.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:24 11

3. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Father and Son. Both looks great honestly this time Sony did a great job with Xperia Z1 and we have to admit that great build quality, Great camera and Excellent screen technology. I saw the 1080p video of Xperia z1 in YouTube and the camera test by other reviewer that used to bash and hate Sony Xperia\'s line and he admit that Xperia Z1 it\'s one of the best phone and best camera phone that ever used WELL DONE Sony.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:32 4

4. Feanor (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


It may be fake. Everything seems shrunk, the Sony badge and the camera module too. It can be Photoshop.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:38 7

5. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


lol!! just scared that your galaxy mini & htc one mini will be extinct

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:48 3

7. maccess (Posts: 632; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


poor fanboy.. no one even talk about samsung or htc.. rest in peace dude..

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:39 2

20. Feanor (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Easy tiger, I like Sony. I am most probably buying this or the full size Z1.
I am just saying that this may not be it...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:38

6. DLanor1107 (Posts: 31; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


ill take the mini please....

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:49 1

8. Andrewtst (Posts: 356; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


It look obvious fake.

See photo highlight here.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7460/9716683352_7942c8b8a3_o_d.jpg

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:44 7

13. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


I don't like things automatically downloading on my computer.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 02:51

9. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


These look like fake renders. Looks at the purple z1 and mini, there\'s some artificial shading on the z1 and the mini. If this were real, the part of the ceiling that was darkening the z1 would also appear in the mini, but instead those shaded lines are parallel from each other (side-by-side, just on different phones). If I had to guess, either somebody made these just to see what kind of hype they could come up with (self-gratifying bastards who like to tease) or Sony hired someone to make these renders to analyze the amount of hype they can gather up from a mini version of their new \"flagship\" device. Either way, it all comes down to the consumers reaction on whether or not they decide to follow suit behind Samsung on the \"mini\" train. If anything, they should go Nike in this peice and \"just do it\", I mean, they do have the funds for it after all. >.>

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:10

17. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


“Either way, it all comes down to the consumers reaction on whether or not they decide to follow suit behind Samsung on the
\"mini\" train”

Let me tell you something Sony has made a mini version of their android flagship even before samsung, and they’ve done it every year.

The picture can be fake but i’m pretty sure they will make a mini version of Z1.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:49

23. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Oh yeah? So name one mini version of a flagship device. Not some model that had the same design language, but an actual official mini version. If you are unable too, then it\'s best to bite your tongue and keep your mouth shut, otherwise you make yourself to come off as well, purely opinionated. Fancy way of saying that you\'re immature buddy.

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 05:34

30. jasonwsc (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


Xperia ZR?

Poor phone, always forgotten.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:02 5

10. boosook (Posts: 1074; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


In January 2014? They must be crazy! All the hype will have vanished then... people will be buying the Nexus 5 and reading about the Galaxy S5, LG G3 and so on. Sony... same errors again and again?

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:08

16. irfanil (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


these are exactly my thoughts. Thought they might launch it against iPhone 5s. :\\

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:18 3

18. pyradark (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


and still Xperia Z sell more that Nexus, despite of having 2012 hardware

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:06 2

21. Feanor (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


naah, I don't really believe so much this rumour. Usually Sony shows a new flagship in CES but with the Z1 so fresh, I doubt that we will see any serious flagship from Sony this year. And I presume the Z1 mini will be on the market just before the holiday season which will both give the Z1 a good head start and it will try to lure customers away from iPhone 5S that look for a compact premium device.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:20

11. Switch00 (Posts: 29; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


I'll probably grab both.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:27

12. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 438; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


It\'s a fake but I have a feeling that it may look the same as that.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 03:50 2

14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


fake or not xperia Z1 is the best...

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:03 1

15. Team051 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)


As expected (the purple one), always looks wonderfull.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:20 2

19. SonyPS4 (Posts: 258; Member since: 21 May 2013)


I hope this will encourage other to make smaller phone without compromising performance like Samsung and HTC did.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:39

22. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2800; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Truly a Beast in a small body. This is what Sony does, making it a perfect mini not like Sammy or HTC. But..but..but.. I want 4.5" or 4.6" screen size for this mini and CES Jan 2014 is too far and I can't wait, please announce and release it early Sony. :)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 05:53

24. .KRATOS. (Posts: 124; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


The Z1 could be perfect, if its bottom n top bezel were narrower.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 07:38

25. AfterShock (Posts: 2893; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Sony has a nice design going on.

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 07:52

26. remyrz (Posts: 190; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


I want to see a drop test of this beast! :P thats the only thing I'm waiting to buy it when it comes out

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 08:16

27. buccob (Posts: 1541; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


You had me at the edge of my seat until "2014 in January"... guess I will have to cope with a huge Z1 until then

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 10:29

31. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)


This is the phoen for me, I don't want something massive I like the size of the Arc and/or something around that size.

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 20:23

32. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Sony is killing me. Which one should I buy? Theres the Z1 and the Z1 mini. Then rumors of the Z2 being revealed at CES 2014. I have the Z, so I was waiting for the Z1. Its not even out in the market and they show us the Z1 mini, then rumors of Z2.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:40

33. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Go for the Z2.
The Z1 is a slight upgrade over the Z, and the Z1 mini is also nothing new(given that you have an XZ now, you'd not be valuing compactness that much). So it has to be Z2 for you.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:42

34. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Good going Sony-making nice flagships, then complementing them with awesome mid-rangers and also announcing even better successors of the those top dogs.
Even though I dont have any exact numbers, if they continue like this, I see Sony edging past HTC to be the #2 after samsung.

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