Sony Xperia Z1 Mini leaked as “Xperia Z1 f” – Snapdragon 800, 20.7MP camera seemingly confirmed



Back during IFA 2013, Sony pulled back the veil on their upcoming flagship, the Sony Xperia Z1. The device packed many of the high-end specs you’d expect from a flagship — Snapdragon 800 processor, 20MP camera, 3,000mAh battery — and true to most Androids these days, a large 5-inch, 1080p full HD display. While some would have you believe that bigger is always better, we like to think there is still very much a market for smaller, more pocketable smartphones.

It’s only lately that we’ve watched the Android “Minis” gaining some steam, handsets like the HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, or even the Motorola Moto X being a few. Unfortunately, their “mini” stature has also been equated with the use of smaller specs, with these devices usually having more in common with mid-range devices than the premium flagships they’re named after. Looks like Sony is aiming to change that.

We’ve heard about the mysterious Sony Xperia Z1 Mini through countless leaks and rumors and were surprised to find no mention of the device during the Sony’s official Z1 announcement a few weeks ago. According to leaks, the device is supposed to share many of the high-end specs from the Z1, only in smaller, bite sized package. Today we’re getting a even more confirmation of the existence of this device, it’s specs, and possibly even its official name.

Sony Xperia Z1 f Mini

The “Sony Xperia Z1 f” has allegedly been leaked in official Sony documentation, where it is headed to Japanese carrier NT DoCoMo. You can see from the Sony brochure many of those rumored high-end specs we’ve been hearing about are intact:

  • Qualcomm 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
  • 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 resolution display
  • 20.7MP rear camera sensor/ 2.2MP front camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2300mAh battery
  • IP55/IP58 dust and water resistance
  • 127mm x 64.9mm x 9.4mm

Size and specs alone are enough for the Xperia Z1 f to trump much of its Android competition, but its the combination of processing speed and camera prowess that put the miniature Z1 in a unique position of going head-to-head with the newly launched iPhone 5s. Of course, Sony will need to entice US carriers to pick up the device if it hopes to make an splash. Currently, not even the Sony Xperia Z1 has found a home with any of the Big 4 carriers here in the states. Let’s hope that changes real soon.

[Xperia Blog]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Please please Sprint

    1. Waiting for Z2 to probably be announced in February, CES 2014 in US), rumours go:

      1) new Phone design,
      2) bigger, energy saving Triluminos IZGO HD screen
      3) Xenon flash,
      4) 3Gigs Ram,
      5) Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz in combination with faster Adreno GPU (Adreno 340 ?)
      6) 3200 mah battery
      7) Android KitKat 4.4 …
      8) 4K (compatible with their TV’s) and maybe more…

      at this time still rumours but nice specs…

  2. A cool replacement for my ZR. Hopefully the camera is better in low light this time.

  3. A High end, small device. Awesome!

  4. Raise that battery up a little please. But it ain’t too bad.

  5. If it’s the same specs as the Z1, it will be a bad a.. phone. I have an international Z1 and it beats the crap out of the S4 and HTC One.

    1. I’m pretty certain I know the answer, but does the Z1 (international or otherwise) work with Verizon?

    2. Z1 doesn’t beat the HTC One in specs or software. Water resistances is nice and all. The processor is an antiquated Snapdragon S4 pro. The RAM is probably lower than the user accessible one for HTC One. (1.7 of 2 GB of RAM.) The camera is better at low light and has better editing with HTC Zoe. Boomsound with dual speakers? Premium feel with aluminum? LTE on the phone? HTC Sense software instead of the crappy Bravia one? I think I will take my HTC One everyday of the week and twice on sundays.

      1. Sorry homey, you’re confused. your thinking of the Xperia Z not the Z1.

        Z1 has a Snapdragon 800 2.2 with a 20.2 mp camera. 2 g ram. Go check the reviews and benchmarks. Your precious HTC One which I sold is massacred by the Z1. The screen is higher resolution and brighter than the HTC One too. Do your homework next time before you comment and at least compare your phone to the one I’m talking about.

        and one more thing, the X1 has a 3000mah battery. How does that compare with the 2300 mah on the HTC One. AND, since I am talking about the international version and you asked about LTE, how is this for LTE

        LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

        Yeah, I thought so

        1. The International Z1 has a higher resolution than the HTC One’s 1080p? Or do you mean pixel density? Please explain.

          1. You got me on that one Hank, Resolution is the same. Here are the specshttp://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z1-5596.php

  6. wow….this…actually… looks good…

  7. That processor will scream with joy to only fill 720p instead of 1080p.

  8. A mini with high end specs. Finally.

    Because just because you have small pockets doesn’t mean you’re cheap.

  9. Sony, just focus on the PS4 release. Thank you.

    1. Different divisions, sir.

    2. Man if some of you peple making stupid comments like this were in charge of these businesses…

      1. Awwwww poor little boy you’re mad…. Awwww

        1. Awww what a silly rascal :-)

    3. I actually agree with this. I haven’t seen anything that great from Sony in terms of Android, they haven’t been a big player at all state-side. Focus on PS4.

  10. At last, big specs in a normal sized phone………………yes please Sony!

  11. I’m more excited for this phone than any that have been released in years.

  12. Time to sell my xperia z and get that bad boy !!those specs are amazing

  13. I’ll take the green one, thanks. Just please be compatible with US cell carriers.

  14. VZW, if anyone from VZW reads these posts bring this unit to VZW, VZW has Samsung, Motorola, HTC, and others not worth mentioning why not Sony?

  15. 4.7″ ftw ….

  16. Ship this with 32GB and I’ll take one! (such a device would make an excellent GPE for the Play Store)

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