Sony announces Z1 f – mini version of the Z1

It has just been a few days since the release of Sony’s monster flagship, the Xperia Z1. That device packs the new Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core S800 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU, a 5 inch full HD display, and a beautiful 20.7 MP camera. On top of that, the phone is also IP55/58 certified, meaning it is waterproof (1.5m until 30 minutes) and dustproof. Still, there have been complaints that the device is too large for most people’s hands, and so, Sony has listened.

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A few hours ago, Sony announced the Xperia Z1f, a downsized (yet still as much powerful) version of the Xperia Z1 flagship. This is after Samsung and HTC have launched their own mini variants of the flagships, which have failed spectacularly in the market. The main reason is because all of these manufacturers somehow have decided that because someone doesn’t want a large screen, they also do not want powerful specs. They have been releasing (comparatively) poor devices as their mid-range offerings, but are still scratching their heads at the obvious reason why people don’t buy them. Sony has taken note of this with the Xperia Z1f.

The Xperia Z1f has the same quad-core S800 processor as the Z1, shares the RAM, GPU, IP55/58 certification, 16 GB expandable (with micro-SD) storage, as well as the 20.7 MP Sony G-lens equipped camera. The only differences are the screen size, resolution and battery. The Z1f has a 4.3 inch 720p screen, with a 2400 mAh battery, compared to 3000 mAh on the Z1.

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However, for now, the device will be released solely for the Japanese market, and will go on sale in December. This was announced at a DoCoMo event earlier today. It will be available in four colours: lime, black, white, and pink. Android 4.2.2 is found powering the device, with Sony’s UI on top of it. An upgrade to 4.4 KitKat is rumoured to be coming up in January. As of now, there is no word on the pricing, but we will update this article as soon as it is out.

What do you think about this phone? Is this finally a proper small device that you will buy? Well, we think this is the answer to the prayers of all those who wish for smaller devices. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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