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Sony Xperia Z1 f goes official in Japan: compact, but still as powerful as a flagship

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Sony Xperia Z1 f goes official in Japan: compact, but still as powerful as a flagship
The Sony Xperia Z1 f, a handset long rumored under the Honami mini codename, has finally gone official in Japan, and it’s a phone many have been waiting for - a compact Android device with top shelf specs and great design. The Xperia Z1 f is basically a miniaturized copy of the flagship Xperia Z1. The smaller device features a 4.3” 720p display, and is much more compact than the 5” Xperia Z1 flagship, yet it retains the gorgeous rectangular glass design and water and dust resistance of its bigger brother.

So what is the Xperia Z1 f all about? First, right now, it's only launched on Japan's NTT DoCoMo carrier. We don't know whether it would become globally available, but hope it will. The Sony Xperia Z1 f runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sony’s own skin on top. 

Under the hood, Sony made no compromise, and equipped the Z1 f with the latest and most powerful Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip with 2 gigs of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics engine. The processor is clocked at 2.2GHz. The only thing that’s changed slightly from the flagship Z1 is the screen size and resolution. Here, the display has gone down in size to 4.3 inches and the resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels, but that still works out to a very sharp 341ppi pixel density.

Best of all, the Xperia Z1 f retains the 20.7-megapixel camera of the Xperia Z1, and it has all the advanced features of the flagship like burst mode, the superior auto mode and filters. Internal storage is 16GB and you can expand it further via microSD cards.

Another great thing about the Xperia Z1 f is that it has a very capable 2300mAh battery, an impressive capacity for its otherwise compact dimensions. Quite the package, isn't it? The Xperia Z1 f release date is set for December in Japan.


source: Sony

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posted on 10 Oct 2013, 03:28 9

1. alterecho (Posts: 1073; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Looks like the kind of phone i've been looking for...provided its reasonably priced.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 03:45 6

5. boosook (Posts: 943; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


It won't be cheap... the hardware is the best available, save for the smaller screen, but with a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of ram and the 20mp camera of the Z1 don't expect it to be cheap... probably it will be priced just below the Z1, but still as a flagship (since it IS a flagship).

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 08:27

28. sniper1087 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


well never seen a 1080p display in a 4.3 inch display, so there might be some limitations.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 10:49 1

33. techguyone (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 May 2013)


It's not got a 1080p display, it's a 720

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 03:29 23

2. istitch (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


so now all you gotta do it RELEASE IT INTERNATIONALLY SONY!!

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:23 5

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


^ This.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:53 5

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3312; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


They better launch in USA those both phones Z1 and this Z1 mini.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 03:38 5

3. TheM16 (Posts: 80; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


looks cool...but ill stick with the Z1 I purchased a week ago :)

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:54 2

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3312; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Dude don't ever change your mind damn it.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 08:44

29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6254; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Hows you're Z1 so far? Plan on buying it.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 03:44

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1320; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i have seen enough hentai to know where this is going

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:07

6. Finest (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


Small but terrible :) this little guy's gonna be a threat for all his big brothers

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:09 10

7. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 394; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


WOW! First android manufacturer that realised that human fingers didn't increase in the last few years! For the first time there is a flagship under 4.7" that's truly a flagship and only its resolution/screen size is lowered. Finally! Unlike S4 mini, htc one mini and all other minis who aren't small flagships in any way..

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:20 1

8. Hemoroid (Posts: 72; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


Terrible fat bezel! Why Sony, why!?

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 07:27

43. techguyone (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 May 2013)


You know why. Are you stupid?
It's because of the waterproofing etc, so either pick slim bezels or have the practicality of the waterproofing. It ain't rocket science.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:24 8

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is going to dominate benchmarks. S800 on a 720p screen...!

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:31 1

11. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 418; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


The Z1 f looks like it is sporting a bigger LED flash than the Z1. Could there be differences in the intensity? Because Samsung have LED flashes like those, the big squared LED, and it is really bright.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:38

42. Nviere (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


I saw it as well. A bigger LED

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:34

12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 807; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


December release in Japan??? If this went international it would probably only arrive in Early 2014.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:38

13. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


I'm definitely getting it.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 04:44 1

14. Deicide (Posts: 43; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


Perfect for people with small hands without compromising on performance like the other competitors, the best Z1f(emale).

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 05:43 1

15. maskinmoller (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


So nice to see a truly android alternative to iPhone! I've had iPhones and a lg optimus g which I liked in many ways but simply found it to big to fit in my pockets. At the moment being I use an HTC WP8X and really enjoy the 4.3" size, which I find a good compromise.

Just bought an HTC One Mini for my son, but though it's a nice phone I don't consider it in the same league as the iPhone build wise. And the fact that it isn't even compatible with real racing 3 or fifa 14 is just laughable and undermines my trust in the android ecosystem...

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 06:31 1

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


I’m pretty sure Xperia Z1f will crush Iphone 5S and Note 3, just like what Xperia A has been done to Iphone 5 and S4 in japan.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:36 2

21. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1221; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I think that comment is a bit over the top (Note 3).

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 08:04 2

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


Yeah I know, it was just my guess...
But there must be a reason why many Japanese people prefer Xperia A compared to S4 or Iphone 5.
Maybe they prefer compact and waterproof smartphone with cutting edge specs than oversized phones Just like me.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 06:53

17. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Bring it on Sony. I was kinda torn between N3 or Z1, but i chose the N3 just because it has S Pen. THE ONLY REASON i let z1 slip is it's size. it's ginormous. (this can be applied to ZU too. ZU's wayy to big of a phone)

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:08

18. .KRATOS. (Posts: 108; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


It looks great, but what bout the update to 4.4 even the z1 nothing promising bout if it gets the latest update or no.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 13:45 1

35. gregariousguy (Posts: 10; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


are you in your senses??
4.4 is not even released and you are asking it :o

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:25

40. .KRATOS. (Posts: 108; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


U think ur too smart right, 4.4 will be released in this month n the z1 f will be coming in December with 4.2.2 while every manufacturer is looking to update i don't c y not released directly with 4.4 though it will be couple of months from now.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:25 3

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


Bow down to the king of minis....

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:35

20. Miracles (Posts: 472; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


The beast has arrived!

Am I mistaken or is it a bit thicker than its bigger counterpart?

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 10:51

34. techguyone (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 May 2013)


It is a bit thicker, but it's not exactly a porker

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:38 1

22. wrm2013 (Posts: 142; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Waiting for this phone to use my upgrade. If this or the 1020 doesn't come to tmobile I shall buy the moto x...... To support American manufacturing of course.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:58

25. Miracles (Posts: 472; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


I have a feeling they'll be coming to T-Mobile(my carrier). I hope Sony isn't stingy and releases here in US. Fingers crossed :)

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 08:14 1

27. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2524; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Looks super cool but I'm li'l disappointed with the smaller screen and on-screen buttons.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 08:45

30. buccob (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Agree... that why I will probably wait for this phone to come with 4.6" screen... a ZR1

And the other thing that really dissapointed me since the Xperia V, Z, ZR, Z1 and now this one... is that when you are docked in landscape, the microUSB port is not accessible which render MHL, screen mirroring and USB OTG impossible this way...

Sticking to my Xperia Acro S because of this.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 23:17

39. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2524; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Then you have to use it in the other way. :)

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 09:24 4

31. Satnamreg (Posts: 28; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


I'm totally happy with my Z1, and I think I'm going to buy Z1 mini for my sister as she does not browse the net as much as I do.

Great phone, highly recommend!

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 10:33 1

32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6254; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I would love the cool yellow one. For once I wish Sony do a world wide release on its phones.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 16:18 1

36. dancorcal (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Now if LG would take the same idea and make the LG G2 Mini. Keep all the most important high end specs from the G2 (proc, ram, camera, and at least 2300mAh) like Sony has, then work their screen magic and get a 4.5 screen in the same dimensions. Looking at the bezels on the Z1f, you could get another .2 screen in those dimensions with LG's tech used on the G2. That would be perfect. Well almost, Sony still has the more premium look and build. So maybe easier if Sony would just rip off LG screen tech and get rid of those bezels that could get 4.5 with those dimensions. Then they would be perfect.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 18:32 2

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


If Sony want to make 4.5” phone with bezelless body it would be easy for them to do that just like what they have done with Xperia ZL.

Please think rationaly because Z1f is a waterproof phone (IP58) with 1.2/3” Camera sensor and big battery in relatively slim body.

Even LG can’t do a better job than Sony if you don’t believe me just check how big the Optimus GJ bezels.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 20:34

38. kenemu (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)


IMO, much better than the rotten ip5c. Frankly, its not without shortcomings like oversized bezels, which to someone a deal breaker

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:40

41. poping (unregistered)


what the fat bezels...

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