It’s rumored for more than two months that Sony is readying a smaller variant of the Xperia Z1 flagship, but until now there was no sign of an official announcement. Hear that Sony has officially launched the Sony Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) which will go on sale exclusively at NTT DoCoMo Japanese carrier.
As anticipated by the tech publications, the Xperia Z1 f borrows most of its technical specifications from the Xperia Z1 flagship, aiming to attract the Android users who prefer high-end smartphones with smaller screens. The Xperia Z1 f (which is also known as Xperia Z1 Mini) comes with a 720p 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 2,300 mAh battery, and Xperia Z1′s 20.7 MP camera with G Lens.
Because the Xperia Z1 f comes with a significantly smaller display than the original Xperia Z1, which has a 5-inch screen, the smaller resolution shouldn’t be that much of a problem.
Sony Xperia Z1 f is 30 grams lighter than its big brother, but thicker, having a profile of 9.4 mm. The great news is that Xperia Z1 f also shares it’s bigger brother’s build quality, featuring a glass body with an aluminium frame, making it one of the best-looking smartphones around. Sony announced that the handset will be available in black, white, purple, and lime.
It’s unsure for now whether the Sony Xperia Z1 f will also hit other markets of the world, but we could see the Japanese phone maker targeting Apple’s clients with a slightly smaller device. Moreover, I guess there are enough Android users in search for smaller flagships and the Xperia Z1 is quite alone on the segment.
Here’s a hands-on video that compares the freshly launched Xperia Z1 f with the original Xperia Z1 flagship.