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

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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49 Comments

46. zamroni

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 11, 2012

Sony, replace that pink with golden one. I want the black one btw.

42. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Won't come to verizon so I DON'T GIVE A F. It's the only phone that might be able to match the G2 in battery life / performance. I would buy one if i could see it on verizon but no sony products ever come to verizon. This or a nexus device. I would even be tempted to buy a nexus 7 and use it on Verizon. I bought my dad a nexus 7 this christmas and damn thing is buttery smooth, it's keyboards rapes my G2's keyboard sadly also. I was like dayum... stock android be tight yo

40. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

it's considered a mini when it's about the same size as the flagship galaxy sII some years ago. it's not really a mini. it's just an effort to resist the trend of large display phones.

34. GeekMovement unregistered

Beautiful device. I'd consider getting one if it comes to the states. Wow.

36. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I couldn't agree more.

32. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I'm all about seeing Apple lose a battle against another company, but it's not really that uncommon to see a Japanese product outsell an American(designed def not made)one in Japan.

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I think the phone would have looked a lot better if it looked like a mini version of the Xperia Z rather than the Z1. That metal frame is not only completely unnecessary, it makes the phone look a lot bulkier and less sleek than it could have been.

41. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

but that frame makes the device more resistant to breaking when dropped. if the z1 does not break after being dropped (android authority test), this device will surely be more resistant to damage as it is smaller and lighter.

25. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Hey Sony hurry up launches the international version of Z1f!!! Because I want it and I'm sure a lot of people in the world who prefer a compact and powerful smartphone in comparison with oversized smartphone. And if you can, please replace the screen with WhiteMagic display. So i can get superior outdoor visibility and longer battery life.

20. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple must realise that the Screens on the iPhones needs to match the length as they are to small an spoils the look of the phones,the Sony Z1F is what the screen on the iPhone5s should be alot wider than thinner

19. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

It seems Japanese prefer smaller smartphone. Only Apple and Sony so far release small high end smartphone. Xperia ZR outsell Xperia Z by large margin and now Z1f also doing better than Z1. Phablet like Z Ultra, Note 3 never did well in Japan.

29. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

finally someone mentions the ZR :D it was also kind of a mini, though not really much smaller than a Z but it had the same philosophy as the Z1 mini.

18. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

24. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

23. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

26. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

28. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Xperia P and Huawei Honor, maybe.

31. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Nope. Xperia P is what probably came closer, but it had a very small battery. The battery was so small that it can be considered a design flaw IMO. And performance wasn't so good either. Let's say it was a nice try, but with too many flaws, though the camera was really good. The Honor... well, I wasn't considering Chinese manufacturers. Maybe the Ascend P6, then. But not the Honor! The design is ugly and the materials are cheap. But currently no Chinese manufacturer IMO can have the allure of well-known brands like Apple, Sony etc. So at the moment ZTE, Huawei and friends cannot compete with the iphone no matter how good their phones are. Eventually it will happen... think about Samsung: 10 years ago, it was just Sony's bad copy, and people bought Samsung because it was cheaper. Like Huawei today. In the future, who knows...

47. ElScorcho

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

I don't agree w/ your statement which mixes the 6 years of competition Andro/iOS and the very recent trend of size increase. In early 2011 I got the HTC desire S (i still use as main phone, to be changed soon though). This phone had the 2010 high end specs inside, and premium construction (unibody aluminium, SD card, reovable battery). At the time the current iOS device was iPhone4 and the dimensions/performances of both were much similar. difference was that the phone functionality worked on Desire S whatever the way you hold your device :-)

44. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

if people don't like big phone, than why are the note selling so well and why is fruit making their own phablet? why did the icrap got bigger?

45. yudi.nemesis unregistered

iphone beat all note series in terms of sales.

48. ElScorcho

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Could anyone imagine that not 100% of people have identical wishes ? Could we imagine that Note is selling well because many people like big phones, and that iPhone sells well also because many people (not the same, you got me?) like smaller ones? Is it hard to understand?

49. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I understand with all the things you said, but I think you have to accept the fact that there are in the world today. Phone with a reasonable size(iphone, s3, and s4) have better sales results than the oversized phone(Phablets). in other words the more people who like a phone with a reasonable size compared oversized phone.

17. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

"Thus began the age of mini smartphones"

16. .KRATOS.

Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope it will be released internationally with 4.4 kitkat.

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

the recent conflict with china may have ignited japanese nationalism.

13. loveHEAVYMETAL unregistered

Bezel King! just kidding

33. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 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"?

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Talking bout thinnest not screen size

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