Xperia Z1S

International version of Japan's Xperia Z1 f inbound?

Ever since Japan's NTT Docomo got the Xperia Z1 f — a 4.3-inch version of the Xperia Z1, with all the juicy specs left intact — we've been hoping for news of a wider international launch. Now there's the first sign that such a device might be headed our way, as the usually reliable @evleaks has published images of a Sony "Xperia Z1S." The shot appears to show a smaller Xperia Z1 with similar button placement and software, but right now that's all we have to go on.

If it's anything like the version due to be sold in Japan, this handset should pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera — in essence, all the internal hardware that matters — along with a smaller 4.3-inch 720p display. Time will tell what form the "Xperia Z1S" eventually takes, but the shortage of high-end Android phones with top-level specs right now means there's definitely an audience for this kind of device.

Source: @evleaks

 
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thats how all phone companies should make the mini versions of thier flagship phones
(sammy, htc)

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annedev says:

well, this a great phone afterall. it's a good move :)

MrBucket85 says:

I'll be very happy if this makes it to the US. A top tier phone that doesn't require two hands would be awesome.

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PaulKinslow1 says:

This, and the fact that it is waterproof makes for an ideal phone. For those who have never had a waterproof phone, the peace of mind that comes with it is one of those things that makes going back to non-waterproof a difficult thing to do. The low specs of previous smaller waterproof phones was the big drawback. This eliminates that problem.

TeknoBug says:

If they fit all those nice specs into a 4.3" device, I'm in!

Pity that 4-4.3" was the norm a year ago, and now they're the mini versions.

TheDu9du says:

Technically they were the norm in 2010 to early 2011. So 3 years ago.

TeknoBug says:

3.5-3.7 was the norm back then.

return_0 says:

Then, 3.5 was only the norm for iPhones. High-end Android phones has 4" screens in 2010 and 4.3" screens in 2011.

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My 2009 htc HD2 with a 4.3" display, was the flagship pone for almost 2 years, with its awesome singlecore 1 ghz processor d: cheers !

codiusprime says:

4 to 4.3 was not the norm a year ago. 4.7 was the norm last year as far as flagship devices go.

PaulDE says:

"but the shortage of high-end Android phones with top-level specs"
A little confusing, should read "but the shortage of small form factor Android phones with top-level specs" ;)

rap1 says:

This is a good move. No one else is doing it and many don't want the huge phones. 4.3 is nice size.

ACADM says:

Exactly, a more normal screen size shouldn't mean lower specs at nearly the same price point as the phablet version. Only Apple can really get away with that kind of thing, although even they're struggling to shift the 5C.

Junior chuxx says:

I would pick this up if Sony makes it available for Verizon, i want a waterproof device.

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Bwahahahaha says:

I second that!

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sequoia462 says:

Wish the top and bottom bezels were more compact so it was truly mini

T-Mobile only I'm sure...

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Hambutty says:

That's quite a bit bigger than the X10 Mini I used to have :-)

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s2weden2000 says:

festivus for the rest oF us

sparksjr_97 says:

This is the real meaning of "Mini".... :)

deadlock4400 says:

@Alex Dobie

Thanks for the post.

The mini version should like this one of any high end smartphone these days.

Thanks in Advance