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Sony Xperia Z1f outsells iPhone in Japan, gets compared to Apple's bread and butter

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Sony Xperia Z1f outsells iPhone in Japan, gets compared to Apple's bread and butter
The Sony Xperia Z1f, the ‘mini’ reincarnation of the Sony Xperia Z1 flagship, is already on sale in Japan, and has quickly climbed to the top of the charts. It has actually become the best selling device in the country of the rising sun last week, beating the iPhone 5s in popularity. Quite the achievement, but still - it's all limited to just one market. 

Sony has not yet unveiled official plans to bring the ‘mini’ Xperia Z1 (be it called a Z1s, Z1 ‘mini’, ‘Amami’ or whatever Sony calls it) outside Japan. When will this happen? There's no official information, but this moment might be edging closer as all eyes and hopes are on CES, the early January show that sounds like a perfect venue for the official unveiling of an international Z1f.

That rumored international Xperia Z1 ‘mini’ should be almost identical to its Xperia Z1f Japanese cousin. This means we expect to see a 4.3” 720p IPS display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 system chip, 2GB of RAM and - most importantly - the same great 20.7-megapixel camera as on the Xperia Z1. What we already know for sure from the Japanese launch of the Z1f, though, is that price won’t be cheap. The Xperia Z1f costs just slightly less than the flagship Z1, but still definitely in the high-end segment of the market. On a more positive note, the Xperia Z1 ‘mini’ - if it indeed follows the steps of the Z1f - might have one of the best battery lifes we’ve seen on a smartphone. The smaller 2300mAh cell on the Z1f has shown up extremely strong in initial battery tests, beating the 3000mAh Xperia Z1 in longevity.

Summing it all up, it's clear that the most exciting thing about the Xperia Z1 ‘mini’ is that it’s expected to become the first Android smartphone that is both compact and does not compromise on specs. So far, we’ve had ‘mini’ handsets made by Samsung and HTC, but both were hugely underpowered modifications of their flagships for the year. The Xperia Z1 ‘mini’ should be different.

Its compact size obviously puts the alleged Xperia Z1 ‘mini’ straight against the similarly compact iPhone 5s. And to illustrate just how similar the two devices are, images straight out of Vietnam put the two alongside each other. The Z1 mini is a bit larger than the iPhone, and it’s thicker too, but the difference is really not that big. The Sony device also comes with the advantage of being water and dust resistant. An interesting matchup, isn't it? To get a taste of it, feel free to look at the images right below, faring the Japanese Xperia Z1f against the iPhone 5s and 5.


source: Sonyviet (translated)

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posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:06 25

1. casualavi (Posts: 48; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


I find the Xperia design more appealing (Esp. when my eyes go to its lock screen..) :3

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:21 8

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I prefer the iPhone 5S design. The Z1f is still a beastly phone though.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:32 19

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Japanese knows very well which phone is best. :)

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 08:08 3

15. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


There is no "best" phone. A ton iPhones were in the top ten most selling phones in Japan.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:12 1

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Thank you for understanding user preferences.

+1

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:44

27. donfem (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Unfortunately, "user preferences" is purpotedly to be the only or "best" choice on phonearena.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 18:13 1

39. Finalflash (Posts: 3224; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


See, small phones win in Japan easily because of smaller hands in general. It's ergonomics all the way since big phones are useless if you can't use them.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:44 8

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Not to mention its water proof when you have to pay a arm n leg to buy a crappy 79$ waterproof case for iPhone. I still love my Z1 with its beautiful triluminous display/water proof phone

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:18 21

2. hafini_27 (Posts: 888; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


The only "mini" i would buy.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:18 6

3. milanmahat (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


wow...simply brilliant sony

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 14:12 2

35. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


this happened because sony understood the need for a normal size beast phone

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:23 6

5. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


This is the boss of all mini. Or simply call it mini beast

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:50 3

12. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Even the boss of the iPhone.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:26 3

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I would like to see that yellow colour on Sony's next flagship!

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:27 8

7. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


This should be the best Android mini ever, both in design and
In quality.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:29 3

8. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


That Display -_- !!!

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:41 8

10. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


One of the best phones on the market plus its less expensive than the iPhone.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:51 1

13. loveHEAVYMETAL (unregistered)


Bezel King! just kidding

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 13:36 1

33. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Sony's 4.3 inch phone has the same size of Apple's 4 inch one.
Now tell me who is the "Bezel King"?

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 16:44

37. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Talking bout thinnest not screen size

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 17:44

38. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


how do you identify bezels?

the xperia zf has a larger display and a bigger battery

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 23:57

43. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


water resistance make it thick

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 08:02

14. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


the recent conflict with china may have ignited japanese nationalism.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 08:34

16. .KRATOS. (Posts: 334; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Hope it will be released internationally with 4.4 kitkat.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 08:38 3

17. xperiance (Posts: 44; Member since: 22 Oct 2013)


"Thus began the age of mini smartphones"

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 08:39 2

18. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


So it took 8 years for an Adroid manufacturer to understand that all they had to do was... an Android phone that is just like the iphone, and this means just 4 things:
- smooth
- not too big
- very good camera
- good design and materials
So easy... that's what most people want.
Yet we had to wait 8 years.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:13 1

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Eight years dates back to 2005.. You mean six, which is 2007 when Apple released the first iPhone?

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:39 2

24. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


All right, six years is a long time anyway! :)

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:24 2

23. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


No. Only you had to wait 8 years. Not many Android OEMs had the mini variant developed that time. And it hasn't even been 6 years since the first Android phone. No Android phone is "just like the iphone".

You might want to work on that list again. There's more to a mini.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:44

26. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


All right, six years, not eight. Now please tell me an Android phone that can be compared with the iPhone, meaning that it has more or less the same size (so please don't tell me that the GS4/G2/One/Nexus/Whatever is even better than the iPhone, I don't care, I want something with the same size or only sligthly larger), a camera with the same quality (at least), it's smooth as the iphone (well, more or less...) and has a premium feel like the iphone. This is the first device I see in the Android world that has all these four features.

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