We didn’t even get to see the Sony Xperia Z1 (aka Sony Hoanmi) in flash that the rumors about its Mini version are starting to make the headlines. What separates the Xperia Z1 Mini from the other Mini smartphones available on the market is a list of high-end technical specifications.
For the first time the guys at Phone Arena talk about the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini codename as it looks like the smartphone is know internally as Itsuky. The same publication writes that the new smartphone is expected to hit the Japanese market in Q4 and that Itsuki is a popular name in Sony’s homeland meaning either “moon” or “spring trees.”
The Sony Hoanmi Mini will be a rather compact smartphone, being even smaller than Apple’s iPhone 5, but it will come with high-end technical specifications like a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB of RAM.
According to the latest reports the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini will be underpinned by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU, while sporting a 4.3-inch display with HD resolution, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 2,400 mAh battery. Sources close to the Japanese phone maker say that the Xperia Z1 Mini will borrow the 20.7 megapixel Sony G Lens camera of the Honami flagship, also coming with 16 GB of internal storage and microSD card slot.
On the other hand the Sony Xperia Z1/Honami is expected to debut next week at IFA Berlin 2013 tech fair, being the company’s flagship for the end of 2013. The rumor mill speculates that the Xperia Z1 will boast a 5-inch full HD Triluminos display, Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (with microSD card support), LTE, 20.7 MP Sony G Lens camera, and that it will be both water and dust proof.
I will be very interesting to watch how Sony plans to integrate a 20.7 megapixel camera into the Xperia Z1 Mini, a compact and thin smartphone, as the Japanese company might give its rivals a lesson.