December launch for miniaturized Xperia Z1
Alongside the Samsug Galaxy J, Japan's NTT Docomo also took the wraps off a rather interesting new Sony smartphone, the Xperia Z1 f. The Z1 f is essentially a downscaled version of the Xperia Z1, Sony's current international flagship device — but the big news here is that Sony hasn't downgraded the Z1's top-level specs. The phone uses the same Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU as the full-sized Z1, along with 2GB of RAM and the same 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera. It's even rated IP58 for water and dust resistance, just like its big brother.
Indeed, the only hardware component of note that seems to have been trimmed down is the display, which goes from a 5-inch 1080p panel to 720p over 4.3 inches — and that should make the Z1 f considerably more hand and pocket-friendly than the larger version.
The Sony Xperia Z1 f will come in black, white, pink and lime color optios and launch this December on Docomo's network. It's unclear whether we'll ever see this portable powerhouse outside of Japan, but we'll have our fingers crossed for an eventual international announcement.
Also see: Sony Xperia Z1 review