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Sony 'Xperia Z1S' could be a mini Z1 for the rest of the world

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

Alex Dobie
Alex Dobie

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • thats how all phone companies should make the mini versions of thier flagship phones
    (sammy, htc) Posted via ACA on LG G2
  • well, this a great phone afterall. it's a good move :)
  • 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. Posted via Android Central App
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Technically they were the norm in 2010 to early 2011. So 3 years ago.
  • 3.5-3.7 was the norm back then.
  • Then, 3.5 was only the norm for iPhones. High-end Android phones has 4" screens in 2010 and 4.3" screens in 2011. Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.
  • 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 !
  • 4 to 4.3 was not the norm a year ago. 4.7 was the norm last year as far as flagship devices go.
  • "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" ;)
  • This is a good move. No one else is doing it and many don't want the huge phones. 4.3 is nice size.
  • 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.
  • I would pick this up if Sony makes it available for Verizon, i want a waterproof device. Posted via Android Central App on my VZW 4G LTE GS4
  • I second that! Posted via Android Central App
  • Wish the top and bottom bezels were more compact so it was truly mini
  • T-Mobile only I'm sure... Posted via the Android Central App on my Note 2
  • That's quite a bit bigger than the X10 Mini I used to have :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • festivus for the rest oF us
  • This is the real meaning of "Mini".... :)
  • @Alex Dobie Thanks for the post. The mini version should like this one of any high end smartphone these days. Thanks in Advance