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

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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43 Comments

1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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).

28. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

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

33. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

2. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

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

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

^ This.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

3. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

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

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dude don't ever change your mind damn it.

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i have seen enough hentai to know where this is going

6. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

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

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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..

8. Hemoroid

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Terrible fat bezel! Why Sony, why!?

43. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 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.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

11. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

42. Nviere

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

I saw it as well. A bigger LED

12. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

13. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

I'm definitely getting it.

14. Deicide

Posts: 82; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

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

15. maskinmoller

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 10, 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...

16. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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.

21. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

26. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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.

17. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 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)

18. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

35. gregariousguy

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

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

40. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

19. DLanor1107

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

Bow down to the king of minis....

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