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

1. casualavi

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

I find the Xperia design more appealing (Esp. when my eyes go to its lock screen..) :3

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I prefer the iPhone 5S design. The Z1f is still a beastly phone though.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Japanese knows very well which phone is best. :)

15. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

There is no "best" phone. A ton iPhones were in the top ten most selling phones in Japan.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Thank you for understanding user preferences. +1

27. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Unfortunately, "user preferences" is purpotedly to be the only or "best" choice on phonearena.

39. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

See, small phones win in Japan easily because of smaller hands in general. It's ergonomics all the way since big phones are useless if you can't use them.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Not to mention its water proof when you have to pay a arm n leg to buy a crappy 79$ waterproof case for iPhone. I still love my Z1 with its beautiful triluminous display/water proof phone

2. hafini_27

Posts: 944; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

The only "mini" i would buy.

3. milanmahat

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

wow...simply brilliant sony

35. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

this happened because sony understood the need for a normal size beast phone

5. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

This is the boss of all mini. Or simply call it mini beast

12. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Even the boss of the iPhone.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I would like to see that yellow colour on Sony's next flagship!

7. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

This should be the best Android mini ever, both in design and In quality.

8. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

That Display -_- !!!

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

One of the best phones on the market plus its less expensive than the iPhone.

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

38. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

how do you identify bezels? the xperia zf has a larger display and a bigger battery

43. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

water resistance make it thick

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

the recent conflict with china may have ignited japanese nationalism.

16. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope it will be released internationally with 4.4 kitkat.

17. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

"Thus began the age of mini smartphones"

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: 2277; 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.

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