Sony Xperia Z1s rumor round-up: specs, release date, price and features
The story: from Honami mini, to Xperia Z1s and ‘Amami’
The Xperia Z1s story is quite the thriller. We started hearing rumors about it in the summer as people in the know unveiled this mysterious phone as the Honami mini, a companion to the Xperia Z1, the original Honami. Both devices appeared only in rumors until the Xperia Z1 was eventually official confirmed and later released, while its miniature brother remained under cover.
Then, quietly, Sony officially unveiled the Xperia Z1 f, a Japan-only device that is about to launch very soon on NTT DoCoMo. This was the rumored Honami mini, but limited to just a single market. In the following months, an international Sony Z1 ‘mini’ finally started to take shape and now we have a clearer understanding of what it looks like and a likely Q1 release date.
First, the name. The Honami mini quickly transformed into Xperia Z1s, a name that seemed nearly official as it even surfaced on Sony’s website. It was quickly pulled and after a few silent weeks, the Z1s finally reappeared under a new model name - the D5503 with a bunch of 4G LTE bands suggesting it might finally be heading to global markets and Europe in particular. For good or worse, it seems that Sony is not heavily focused on expanding its US presence, and this leaked D5503 fit that trend. Now, the device has cleared FCC certification and is one step closer to release. We also have a new codename - the Sony Xperia ‘Amami’. Here’s what it’s all about.
The Sony Xperia ‘Amami’ is expected to come with a 4.3” display that will be much easier to use single-handedly and resolution is said to be 720 x 1280 pixels. This is a step down from the 1080p Xperia Z1, but we would not say it’s a huge downgrade - the smaller screen means pixel density would still be very high at around 341ppi. What’s more impressive, though, is to think about the huge performance gains coming from the fact that the Snapdragon 800 will drive much less pixels. We expect games to simply fly on it. Needless to say, there’s no other ‘mini’ on the market offering even half the expected performance of the ‘Amami’.
Designwise, the ‘Amami’ will keep the gorgeous OmniBalance glass style of the Z1, just shrink it down in size. It is also expected to be water and dust resistance with IP55/58 rating.
It will also keep the impressive 20.7-megapixel camera. We’ve already seen the first leaked camera sample showing a fast and wide-aperture (f/2.0) shooter. Most importantly, Sony seems to have managed to keep the much larger than usual camera sensor, a crucial part of the Z1 camera magic in the ‘mini’.
One last seemingly ‘downgrade’ is the expected 2300mAh battery on the ‘Amami’, lower than the 3000mAh juicer on the Xperia Z1. It’s hard to say though that this will indeed translate into lower battery longevity. Instead, come to think about it, this upcoming Sony ‘mini’ has the largest battery we’ve ever seen on a 4.3” phone, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it outlasts the Z1 juicer.
Finally, software. The Xperia ‘Amami’ has leaked out featuring Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. If Sony indeed sticks to the rumored Q1 2014 release date, though, we hope it finds the time to bump this up to the latest 4.4 KitKat.
The only piece of the puzzle left unsolved is the actual price of the this upcoming Xperia Z1 mini. Given the later than expected release, we can only hope it’s lower than that of the flagship Z1. Are you still looking forward to the first high-performing mini Android handset?
Sony Xperia Z1 mini: all we know
2. Leaked image of the Xperia Z1 'Amami'
4. Leaked sample confirms camera details
5. The 'Amami' recently passed FCC certification
7. It will keep the OmniBalance Sony design
8. It has surfaced on the Sony website under the Xperia Z1s moniker
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
So, it's real name is the Xperia Z1 mini and not the Xperia Z1s? Then what is the Z1s, if it's a refreshed Z1 then we won't see the Xperia Z2 at CES 2014 or MWC 2014.
2. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
Well whatever it is named, I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO GET IT. I was going for z1 but i hold my horses because the z1 is just too damn big for my hands. so this is my choice. pls come out early =)
3. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)
i want it but that 720p screen doesnt attract me...
4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2526; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Well it's just 4,3 inches so the PPI will be quite good. And the performance will be even more perfect than in the Z1. You have to sacrifice in something with a small phone.
8. buccob (Posts: 1372; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Agreed... Since my current phone is 4.3" 720p I find everything with higher density to be unnoticeable for my eyes... thus a waste of performance, cost (passed on to the consumer) and battery...
~341ppi to me is perfect...
What bothers me is the virtual buttons taking space and changing the aspect ratio I am used to
11. apple4never (Posts: 934; Member since: 08 May 2013)
there is no real word advantage of having a 441ppi screen all it'll do is force the gnu to push more pixels reducing performance, i even find a 250 pip display fine until you use your nose in place of your fingers 300 ppi would be best
12. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3949; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
720p on a 4.3" display gives it a pixel density of 342 ppi, that is much more than your eye can distinguish unless you aren't human. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between my Droid Mini and a Galaxy S4 or HTC One in terms of detail.
5. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
C'mon Sony. Release it already, or soon the mini versions of the new Sammy and HTC flagships will have similar specs.
6. buccob (Posts: 1372; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
" Are you still looking forward to the first high-performing mini Android handset? "
But if this does not happen in time or if it does not live up to the hype, and there is no choice but to go with a big 5" handset for a flagship I will get the ASUS PadFone Infinity (2) when it reaches US shores...
7. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
come on PA stop confusing people by putting the wrong picture. the 2nd pic in the article & the 2nd one in the slides is not the amami. that's the z1s leaked by evleaks. the design is clearly not of the amami. it's pretty clear by now that they both are not the same and also that the z1s is a new phone (whatever that turns out to be). Im not sure about the 8th pic showing the sony website. if its really the z1s then its not the amami. amami = z1 mini. z1s = i dont care.
9. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Too late Sony
If it was released alongside Z1, it could sell very well.
10. apple4never (Posts: 934; Member since: 08 May 2013)
this phone was gonna be my dream phone, flagship specs mini size and decent prize but they're waiting too long if it launched with the z1 it would've done well but now its too late
14. milanmahat (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
i think its time for Z2 not mini...Z2 with 5" screen, less dimesion of phone, great display, fingerprint, slight camera improve, 4000 mAh battery, slight further improve in design, and other extraordinary new features that other phone don't have..........otherwise Htc one 2 and iphone 6 will kill sony
16. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
iphone 5s is already better than most xperia phones when it comes to sales.
but htc one 2 will never kill sony just compare sony and htc sales this year you will find out that sony us better than htc.
17. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
hey guys, the price for its similar cousin, the z1f is already out. here is the info about the price range. Anyone with good japanese could properly explain it? This is from rbmen's website (ringer blue men)
■ The price of Xperia Z1f SO-02F
Base price Support month Real burden
Model change 79,800 yen 1,680 yen / month 39,480 yen
A new 79,800 yen 2,520 yen / month 19,320 yen
MNP 79,800 yen ¥ 3,320 / month ¥ 0
18. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
This reminds me of how Sony(Ericsson) used to sell their phones, i.e. announce that a phone with good specs is about to launch, then wait a year or 2 until the good specs have become obsolete, then launch them, then cry about how they're doing badly.
21. starkiller306 (Posts: 58; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)
This is not gonna be the mini. It looks exactly like the LTE version released in china, that's a 5inch phone. slightly taller than the z1 actually.
22. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)
I would get this the day it comes out, but sony's UI is so disgusting. And dont tell me to get a launcher, cause i dont like those lol. Doesnt feel natural,