November 12 came and went and, while we’re still not an inch closer to finding out the exact launch date of the Sony Xperia Z1S, a fresh batch of photos remind the world it’s coming and paint a fairly gloomy pricing picture.
As if the recent rumor bonanza was not enough to convince the world Sony is this close to rolling out an international version of the Xperia Z1 f dubbed Z1s, a likely accidental official confirmation of the phone’s existence has come earlier today.
All hail the first “maxi” phone wrapped in a “mini” package. Rumored for many months to be called Xperia Z1 mini, but ultimately likely to be released under the Z1S moniker. And as transparent as glass following an @evleaked presser and live image accidentally slipped by Sony.
Sony has something special prepped for November 12: international Xperia Z1 mini or 6-inch ‘Tianchi’?
Packing cutting-edge hardware and smooth as silk software into a compact-ish body has proven quite the challenge for Android’s top dogs. Except for Sony, whose 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 f has gone official a couple of weeks back with Snapdragon 800 heat, 2 GB RAM and 20.7 MP camera.
Of the three major diminutive Android flagship versions unveiled so far, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 mini is probably the least exciting on paper, what with HTC’s One mini rocking a far superior screen and sturdy aluminum build and Sony’s Xperia Z1 mini being… well, simply awesome.
“Best things come in small packages” is what the elders used to say, but ask Samsung or HTC about the proverb and they’ll cut you off with a “bigger is better” retort. Not Sony though, as the Japanese have just brought to light the highly anticipated Xperia Z1 mini.
It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. Or it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Whichever of the two sayings you prefer, you’re probably over the moon with excitement about Sony’s Xperia Z1 mini.
The Sony Xperia Z1 mini has often been rumored to be that Android device that will turn around the trend of mini variants of flagship smartphones being mediocre in the specs department, and we now have the most concrete evidence to support that rumor.
A leaked carrier document has confirmed that the Sony Xperia Z1 mini will indeed be the “mini” Android handset with flagship specs that people have been clamoring for.
As much as tech aficionados would have loved to see both the Honami (aka Xperia Z1) and Honami Mini made official during last week’s IFA, the latter skipped the Berlin event so as not to steal its bigger brother’s thunder.