Sony Xperia Z1f screen said to outperform the panel on the Sony Xperia Z1

Sony Xperia Z1f screen said to outperform the panel on the Sony Xperia Z1
Just the other day, we told you how the only announced and released version of the Sony Xperia Z1 mini, called the Xperia Z1f, has gone straight to the top of Japan's smartphone sales charts. We also mentioned that those with the device are comparing it favorably to the Apple iPhone 5s. Even though the device has a smaller screen with lower resolution and a smaller capacity battery than the flagship Sony Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1f  employs the same Snapdragon 800 CPU you'll find powering the Xperia Z1, along with the same 20.7MP snapper.

Still, a recent battery test found that the 2300 mAh cell on the "mini" version of the Z1 outlasted the 3000mAh battery full-sized model. And now comes the piece de resistance. A published report reveals that the 4.3 inch screen on the Sony Xperia Z1f, with a resolution of 720 x 1280, tops the 5 inch glass on the Sony Xperia Z1 with its 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution.

The report, which comes out of the Middle East, states that Sony used a better quality IPS screen on the mini and this shows up with better contrast and display quality on the Xperia Z1f. If buyers find this to be true, just about all the differences in specs between the flagship Sony Xperia Z1 and the Sony Xperia Z1f would be considered a positive for the smaller device.

A series of picture comparisons, published in Vietnam, can be found below. Obviously, the smaller screen belongs to the Sony Xperia Z1f and the larger screen is from the Sony Xperia Z1. It sure looks to us that the smaller screen has much better viewing angles. Judge for yourself. We could see the international version of the Sony Xperia Z1 mini unveiled on January 3rd and this could end up being the most demanded Sony handset ever.

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Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)



1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

There is a vid in YouTube where the z1 is destroyed by the HTC one x and iPhone 5. This z1f better be good.

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Display wise it was beaten by one x and iPhone 5 I meant to say

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Sony's weakpoint has been their displays, since consolidating Sony Ericsson into Sony. Specifically, how their displays handle blacks.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Sony can make good displays, they really can. But their phones have washed out colours and bad viewing angels, blacks are really grayish. But I have seen Sony products and how good and well engineered they are, so I know that Sony has knowledge to make great displays.

9. Dowson unregistered

ok, view angles but washed colors you should have eye vision problems to say that.

34. kennyboye

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Do you own a recent sony phone? I do (the zr) and I can categorically say that unless you are viewing the screen dead on it certainly looks washed out. I have lost count of people commenting on this, particularly when it is sitting in its dock on my desk. This is the only bummer in an otherwise rocking phone; if they get the screen right on this bad boy I am in. Fingers crossed

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

+1 someone who actually speaks right on the money, xperia fans bashed me this other day for mentioning how the display on the z1 looks a little washed out when turned off axis

21. chuah1997

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

Back to before..while Korean's Technology is not yet start....Japan's Technology is the world's No.1 best >.> (maybe? xD)

23. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Sony fanboys are the most dangerous out of all.

32. chuah1997

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

hope so >.> Samsung are ALWAYS INNOCENT~

35. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Verbal fights are always OK if they lead somewhere. That´s what Sony worshippers should understand and not act like silly kids.

27. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

don't belive. This is post by sonyviet. in vietnam have many crazy fan's sony. I remember when sony Z release. Sony vietnam have compares view angle, dark screen and color sony Z beat galaxy note2.

4. apurb.lal

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 17, 2013

SONY,, release it internationally a.s.a.p.. I think that Z1f will be way better than Z1 in the performance department.. No point in delaying its release when the company has plans for releasing two early flagships this year.... Anyways, Z1f's display seems to be noticeably better than every sony panel

6. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Wow so much difference in picture 2. I prefer Z1 picture in 3 & 4. The rest is owned by Z1f.

7. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Better display....better battery....and since it has lesser pixels to push, we can expect higher performance...... This is gonna be a super hit!

8. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

there is no diff in display its panel displays are same but the z1 has sony panel where has z1f has ips panel

11. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

z1 mini is not made to compete with other mini phones. It's competitor is right at home and it looks like the little beast is winning. just hope it turns out that the display is really this good :)

12. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

For the attention of those who said Z1f has a poor color reproduction and bad viewing angles without even seeing the screen.

13. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Super hit nowhere in the US besides probably t-mobile, and to hell if i skip verizons coverage for t-mobiles

14. Amir1 unregistered

For all of the complainers of flagships being too big. your wish just came true - your dream phone, the Z1f. at your local store about a month from now, go pre order it. NOW, SHUT *** **** **! :-) also, now there's no reason for you to buy an iphone.

25. aldridhl

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

haha more high-end choices in smaller form factors are always welcome.

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Its still a little big and fat for a phone with a 4.3 inch screen. They could do better especially considering the One S was 7.9mm.

33. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

waterproof? 20MP camera? 2300mAh battery? I don't think so... / 8MP / 1650mAh... Not the same...

15. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I can vouch for the z1f have a good screen. I played with a display model in store, didn't see anything bad about it to compared to todays standard. The 720p resolution is also good enough. The camera for some reason took pictures better than the Z1, less noisy. I just didn't like how they shrank the camera button, it's now too small and a bit hard to press, but it's still far better than a lot of other companies attempt at it.

16. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Just think how nice it would be with the same form size but with a 4.5-4.7 inch screen, there's room there if they could somehow shrink those top & bottom bezels a bit.

22. Sam_K

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

Yes, that's the size screen that I want in my phone too. Sony's bezels are huge. They need to make top and bottom bezels much smaller. I have a GS3 and I feel the 4.8 inch screen is slightly too large for one handed typing with Swype. I want a slightly smaller screen size. And now the newer flagship phones are only getting bigger with the GS5 rumored to be 5.25". I find it annoying that up until recently most flagship phones with the best processors and most memory. Sony and Motorola figured out that people want screen size options like tablets and laptops without having to settle for a slower processor. I'd like Samsung to

17. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

yup... i cant believe that for a flagship device, z1 has an awful excuse there... and i wonder always why sony, renowned for its display/screen/tv and camera technology, cant apply their expertise on their smartphones.... on the other hand, their hardware design is always beautiful...

18. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

another thing, for sure z1f is a better device than z1 especially in the battery department...2300mah on a 4.3 inch screen...thats the same battery for htc one's 4.7 screen, so if htc one can last a day quite comfortably, this one should do more...

19. VSN24

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

On a different note, here's the site that first published these comparison pictures:

20. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I don't Why sony is putting cheap display on their flagship!! They are sony, with one of the best display in TV!! But luckily i got the z ultra, one of the best display at the moment

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