Sep 30 AT 2:49 PM Dima Aryeh 11 Comments

Leaked Xperia Z1 f packs Snapdragon 800, 4.3-inch display

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The mini versions of flagships have never been as good as their full sized counterparts. There are always big sacrifices to be made. The devices have worse processors, less RAM, worse cameras, and a worse overall experience. Lag is more prevalent, pictures come out worse, and it’s nothing like using the full sized device. If these newest leaks are legit, Sony may be aiming to change that.

These leaks are believed to be from NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese carrier, and they show off an unannounced phone called the Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) next to the well known Xperia Z1 (SO-01F). It’s a 4.3-inch version of the Z1, looking very similar, but the sacrifices don’t go far past the bump down to a 720p resolution.

This small device packs a 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor, the fastest Qualcomm makes and the same one as its full sized counterpart. It also has the large 20.7 megapixel sensor the Z1 is known for. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2,300 mAh battery, IP55/IP58 dust and water resistance, and a 9.4mm thick body. It’s also 5mm shorter than the (fairly large) HTC One Mini.

Not much else is known about this device, like a release date or whether it’s even real. Such specs in a small body are amazing and haven’t really been done so far, so we’re remaining skeptical. But we can definitely wish, because the Android world needs more smaller phones with beastly hardware. What do you think of this device?

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Via: Engadget

Source: Xperia Blog

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Fulaman

    Is memory expandable? If so, what kind of prices are we looking at here. If it costs $400 I might consider it

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  • redraider133

    Wow this is going to make a lot of people who wanted a high end device with a smaller screen happy. Good to see one OEM putting some top notch specs in a smaller device.

    • Fulaman

      By Apples standards, this device is quite large

      • Renato S.

        I hadn’t realized that Sony was selling this phone to Apple

      • redraider133

        Any phone is big compared to an iphone…..

    • donger

      Agreed.

  • Renato S.

    depending on the price, very tempting indeed.

    finally someone understood that you can pack a medium size screen with top notch specs, there is, indeed a market for those phones – 2~3 years ago 4.3″ was a flagship screen size. Maybe this can even sell better than original Z1 in such a crowded market and it’s by far better than any other “mini” version of flagship phones, this specs allows Sony to not call it “mini”.

    and 2300mAh for a 4.3″ 720p screen seems to be a great combo, and you even get the water/dust/shock resistence thing.

    so it will come to the price for the unlocked version.

  • DavidDesu

    Excellent news. The Z1 is really tempting for me but it does seem a touch on the big size. I can just about manage my Nexus 4 (coming from the iPhone) but I’ve seen a Z1 up against an S4 and the S4 is already big, yet the Z1 is EVEN bigger. There’s no way I could use it safely one handed without the constant fear of fumbling and dropping it. Also, the 4.7 inch screen on the N4 is nice but I could take a slight reduction no problem, I have a Nexus 7 and I only use my phone for typical phone tasks and taking pictures anyway. I thin a 4.3 inch Z1 would be more or less perfect for me, and I hope it retains the good camera quality, and that the battery life is at least no worse than the N4. The Nexus 5 might be decent but I expect the camera might be lacking and it’s the one thing I miss from my iPhone is a snappy and reliable camera. I want this mini Z1, oh yes! And in the purple, it MUST come in the purple, the sexiest phone colour ever. Sony, they’re finally doing great things!

  • SakeSage

    I love Sony phones, too bad they don’t make them for Verizon.

  • Dylan

    Since moving from my 10″ Iconia A500 to my Nexus 7, I find I carry my tablet around a lot more and use that for things needing a bigger screen. I’m ok with a smaller phone now. Prefrably one in this size range with a big honking battery so I can tether frequently and still get a day’s use out of the phone. I’d be intrrested in a Z1, but alas like sombody said, Sony Phones don’t make it to Verizon.