Sony Xperia Z1 f with 4.3" display and 20 MP camera launches in Japan, international version to follow


The mini version of Sony Xperia Z1, the Z1 f, is perhaps the most powerful munchkin handset money can buy, as it just went retail, joining Japan's DoCoMo roster.

Let's face it, the Xperia Z1 is too big and heavy to be comfortably held and managed with one hand. There are other big-screen handsets out there that are much more compact, and still waterproof. Thus the smaller Z1 f might be a godsend if you are looking for a powerful, but manageable in terms of size, Android phone.

The mini Z1 sports a 4.3" 720x1280 pixels display that still returns very good pixel density, and will likely be much better than the subpar viewing angles on the Z1. It also is powered by a fast quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, which won't have to push the pixels of a 1080p display, and the 2300 mAh battery will likely get you much more mileage because of the HD display, than the 3000 mAh unit in the Z1. The kicker is that the sweet 20 MP camera with G Lens stays the same, so the Z1 f is Z1 without most of its disadvantages.

If you are worried about the Z1 f being available as a Japanese exclusive, there is strong speculation that there will be an international version of the shrunken Z1, dubbed Z1s for now, which will be announced at CES in the beginning of January. Such handset already passed the FCC, so where there's smoke, there's fire, and the mini version of the Z1 could prove to be the hottest little Android handset after launch, barring some unexpected surprise with its pricing. You can import it right now from eBay at the princely sum of $1200, but we stay positive that this pricing is due to scalpers, and not something Sony has in mind for the international version.

source: DoCoMo via XperiaBlog & eBay

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22 Comments

22. LuthoBanzi07

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Seriously, a 4.3" screen isn't small at all. Look at the S4 mini. You guys are busy saying u want a 4.5 - 4.7 inch screen phone while if the z1 f had a 4.0" screen, you wouldve of been saying I want a 4.2 - 4.4" screen phone. You won't get the most perfect phone with all the specs u want. If u want a phone like that then go make one for yourself and see how you'll do coz Sony isn't gonna make a 4.5 - 4.7" screen phone when they've made a 4.3" coz its basically the same size screen. There is not really a big difference between a 5.0 and 4.3" screen phones. And they won't make a phone with 4.3" screen just coz u want one.

11. gymguy224

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Since the bezels on sony phones are so big, how big does the dimensions of the phone compare to other top phones like the S4 or HTC One?

13. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

This is a 4.3" screen phone... so you might want to compare it to S4 Mini / HTC One Mini instead... Not all bezels of Sony's phones are big... Take a look at Xperia ZL and compare it to the S4 / One... Of course the Xperia Z was the more popular but the ZL was the perfect alternative for those who preferred compactness over waterproof... I agree that the Z1 is huge, its the very same reason I am waiting for something else (also a turn off for the Asus PadFone Infinity)... I want a 4.5~4.7" screen phone, compact and either waterproof or padfone... C'mon Sony/Asus... release something practical not Too big, not Too small

20. Dowson unregistered

padfone? Is just awful.

21. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

How so? The latest infinity has top of the line specs, great ui close to pure android, a similar design to the HTC One... So how is the PadFone awful? For my needs it would suit me great with the tablet station dock...

10. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

PLEASE hurry up Sony!

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Didn't this launch a while ago already?

7. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

The Best phone in the world?

12. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Sorry note 3 already took that title :)

15. zennacko unregistered

He said the best phone, not the best front bumper of a truck ;)

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Launch ASAP globally.

5. Remmy

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Already bought a ZR just 4 days ago, would've waited for this if only Sony released an international version at the same time as the Z1 f in Japan. :( Happy and contented with my ZR nonetheless. :)

3. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Step1. I want a new phone Step2. Check phonearena Step3. Phonearena posts new info of best phone ever Step4. Phone is announced Step5. Phone doesn't come to US or if it does it is not on Verizon I got my hopes up with the Z1. And the N5. And the Oppo and Vivo phones are cool. But I promise if this mini z1 came on Verizon I'd snatch it up. A little small for my taste but the design and camera are just a piece of art

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

How does it matter that which carrier is it on? You could just change you're carrier in a few minutes...

18. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Just a teen still on my family plan lol. When I'm a little older yeah that makes the most sense but for now its just frustrating. Plus we're grandfathered on vzw unlimited

14. zennacko unregistered

Step1. I want a new phone Step2. Check any phone site that gets the hottest news. Step3. Such site posts new "info" of best phone ever - it's a rumor until confirmed oficially, but evleaks is 90% official though. Step4. Phone is announced Step5. Phone doesn't come to US (but even if Mars were a continent they'd get it, no love for the 'Murica.) or if it does it won't be even 3G compatible on T-Mo, LTE is a far distant dream on any carrier. My tragic love story with the Xperia V...

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

u should scratch out step 2.

2. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

SONY!

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Thanks for the info. There was no way of telling what was this article about !

1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Small sexy beast.. Sony plz launch it globally asap ..

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

would love to get the YELLOW VERSION, AND yes SONY LAUNCH GLOBALLY IF U WANT SALES put on every carrier

19. cheetah2k

Posts: 2342; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Problems with Sony Smartphones is: 1. Everyone always says that the screen will be better than previous phones - never the case, and you need a lotto ticket to see if you get a white or yellow LCD panel. If it has IPS LCD, yeah sure - that would be considered better. 2. The 20MP cam is flawed. 16:9 shots are 8MP only, the same as other 13MP cams 3. The size of Sony phones is insane. For example, the Z1 is almost as big as the Note 3 but the Note 3 has a 5.7" screen! 4. Who really cares about having a water resistant phone. This feature is more of a hinderance than useful, as you need a charge cradle to minimise pulling the USB port covers off/on/off/on and damage to the seals as it wears is highly likely. If they had QI wireless charging, this would be a winner Once Sony fix the above, they'll be on a winner - until then they will continue to suck.

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