Sony Xperia Z1s case spotted on Amazon U.K. site, reveals possible release date

Sony Xperia Z1s case spotted on Amazon U.K. site, reveals possible release date
Just because the Sony Xperia Z1s didn't get unveiled on Tuesday doesn't mean that the device is not coming. The so-called "mini" version of the Sony Xperia Z1 was supposed to have been unwrapped during a Sony event on Tuesday that was expected to have taken place yesterday in Shanghai. Expectations were high, especially since the Xperia Z1s made a quick appearance on Sony's website on Monday before the image was pulled.

Usually, the release of a mini version of a popular model doesn't elicit such a response. But that is because the mini models are usually watered down with slower processors, a drop in RAM and a much less powerful imaging sensor. Instead, Sony has outfitted the Xperia Z1s with the same specs as the full sized Sony Xperia Z1 including the same 20.7MP rear facing camera. The only changes being made to the Xperia Z1s takes the screen from 5 inches on the full-sized model to 4.3 inches, and lowers the resolution from 1080 x 1920 to 720 x 1280. Lastly, the battery on the byte-sized Xperia model comes in at 2300mAh versus 3000mAh on the full-sized Xperia Z1.

So instead of talking about a launch date and pricing, we are discussing a case for the Sony Xperia Z1s that appears on Amazon's  U.K. website. The case, made by Kolay, includes a black gel case and a stylus for the device. The release date of November 26th could be a clue as when to expect the phone itself to be released. Except that the price of £0.25 (40 U.S. cents) is ridiculously low for such a product. And that could mean that the pricing and release date are placeholders with no predictive value whatsoever. One thing though, between the leak on Sony's site and the case showing up on Amazon, we do know the device is real and is coming soon.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: Amazon.UK



1. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

if the bezels is the same size as the Z1, then i wouldn't call it a small phone.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It starts getting a bit tiring with these bezels... what do you mean same size? Exactly same size, which would make them huge, or proportionally which would mean actually smaller than the Z1? Anyway, the phone is already shown in Japan as the Z1f, so you can check there. Anyway, in a smaller phone bigger bezels are not that critical because the device is still not as unwieldy. Do you see the massive bezels of an iPhone hampering its sales?

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

the iphone has massive bezels but its still a small phone, have you seen the 5 inch Z1 next to the galaxy note 3? its almost the same size even though the note 3 has 5.7 inch screen. Now if the Z1s is propotion to the Z1, its still gonna be a big phone thats just gonna be a little bit smaller than the S4. When people mention bezels, its not just the bezels itself, but how it makes the phone bigger, hench thats why i mentioned that the Z1s is not going to be a small phone, but just smaller than the Z1.

5. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

i rather get a large bezel phone just to have a premium phone, water/dust resistance, 20.7MP camera with large sensor and a 3000mah than a boring plastic sammy and the same old cave man phone iphone 5s.

7. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

and end up putting a cover on it?

9. yudi.nemesis unregistered

i'm using Nokia E6-00, S2, and Xperia ZR until this day i'm never using any case or cover.

10. LoveMoon

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

lol, i agree

8. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Assuming it's scaled down from the Z1 for a 4.3 inch screen, I get around 63.644 mm in width. Which is not too bad; just a smidgen bigger than the HTC One Mini.(By .344 mm) Of course, it probably isn't scaled perfectly, but I don't expect it to be too far off from that estimate.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

On the contrary other sources indicate an early 2014 release. But I think this is a bit late for the mini version of a flagship. In this case it would miss the Xmas period and it would probably get dangerously close to the rumoured Xperia Z2. I think they should release this phone now.

6. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The phone in the picture is Xperia Z, not Z1s.

11. zennacko unregistered

Seems like the Nexus 5 case on Amazon "The embargo is over, and someone, now freed of the contract, wants us to know when it could be released"

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