International version of Sony Xperia Z1f to be unveiled on January 3rd?

International version of Sony Xperia Z1f to be unveiled on January 3rd?
Earlier today, we told you how strong sales have been in Japan for the Sony Xperia Z1f, the mini version of the flagship Sony Xperia Z1. The newly launched model is on the top of the country's smartphone sales charts, outselling the Apple iPhone 5s  Sporting the same Snapdragon 800 chip and 20.7MP rear-facing camera as used on the Xperia Z1, the only differences between the two models is the smaller 4.3 inch screen, the lower 720 x 1280 resolution, and the reduced capacity battery. But the latter isn't a problem as tests have shown the Xperia Z1f outlasting its bigger brother.

With the success of the model in Japan comes word that the international version of the phone will soon be introduced. With speculation that the phone would be unveiled during the Chinese New Year Festival early next month, Sony's web site in China shows some event scheduled for January 3rd. Perhaps this will be the date that the phone is unwrapped. Other sources in the country report that the model has a code name of "i3" and will have a price tag of 4099 Yuan ($675).

Before those in the states get too excited, we have yet to see the U.S. launch of the full-sized Sony Xperia Z1. Back in October, a picture of a T-Mobile branded version of the phone was tweeted by evleaks. Considering that the carrier already offers the Sony Xperia Z, it would seem to make sense to expect the sequel to that unit end up with the same stateside operator.


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source: Sony via GforGames

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17 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

GASP, its finally coming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Be very disappointed if Sony stop playing favorites for exclusives and put this baby on every carrier

4. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I would definitely buy one if Verizon carried it, so I couldn't agree more.

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The real killer...

5. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

this unveiling is gonna be of the Z1 variant n not the mini for sure. seeing as it's going to happen in china.

6. GeekMovement unregistered

I think this is my most wanted smartphone at the moment.

7. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

true that. :)

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I like quality build of Sony smartphones but imho I feel like if the Z, Z1 & Z1f weren't IP58 certified they'd be more appealing to me. Something like the display, when you turn it off axis, you'll notice how color reproduction looks a little washed out but anyway keep them coming Sony!

10. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's true if they didn't focus on the waterproof and etc it probably would be a excellent phone. But it hope they don't put the screen protector on the mini like they did it's older brother. Hopefully they bring another xperia without the ip certified stuff then they would be selling and make it for all carriers in the US

11. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I think the IP certification is a very important feature for any electronic devices. Because the IP certification can prevent/reduce the possibility of damage caused by water and dust, but the best thing is your smartphone can be available for you at all time and at any places. Until now I have never seen any Z1f with bad viewing angles but if you've ever seen Z1f with bad viewing angles show it to me please! However I really want the international version of Z1f uses WhiteMagic display.

12. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Sony is always targeting Japan for their phones and ~90% of the Japanese had waterproof phones (they like singing in the shower lol), waterproof flagships are a logical choice for attracting waterproof flip-phone users.

9. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

badass mini

13. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Lumia is that you

17. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Hell No !!

14. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

If Apple had the right to "SUE" any OEM, this is it... Sony's Z1f looks more like the iphone than any phone that Samsung ever made, IMO. Way to go Sony, since HTC isn't using the "Quietly Brilliant" quote anymore, maybe they should steal that also.

15. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

You just went full retard bro! :D :D

16. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

LOL, you just made my day with your foolish comment. Just do a small research about the source of iPhone. Sony's productions were the source of inspiration for iPhone design.http://www.xperiablog.net/2012/07/27/apple-took-inspiration-from-sony-when-designing-the-iphone/ Now tell me who must be sued?

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