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



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This thing will be truly awesome!

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you mean truly beautiful.

29. GuitarPlayer

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 15, 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!!

2. YodhaMali

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

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

3. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

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

5. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

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

7. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

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

20. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 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...

6. DLanor1107

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

ill take the mini please....

8. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

It look obvious fake. See photo highlight here.

13. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

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

9. big.e927

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 21, 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. >.>

17. yudi.nemesis unregistered

“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.

23. big.e927

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

30. jasonwsc

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Xperia ZR? Poor phone, always forgotten.

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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?

16. irfanil

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

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

18. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

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

21. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

11. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I'll probably grab both.

12. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

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

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

fake or not xperia Z1 is the best...

15. Team051

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 28, 2013

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

19. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

22. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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. :)

24. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

25. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sony has a nice design going on.

26. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 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

27. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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

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