JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony unveiled the rumoured Xperia Z1 Mini in Japan on Thursday as the Sony Xperia Z1F.
Taking tips from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini, Sony's Xperia Z1F has a downsized 4.3in HD 720p display compared to the Xperia Z1's 5in HD 1080p screen. The display, like that on its predecessor, boasts Sony's Triluminos technology, which the firm claims makes for better vibrancy and viewing angles.
Beyond the screen size, the handset doesn't stray too far from its flagship sibling. There's a quad-core 2.2GHz processor under the bonnet, 2GB of RAM and Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. Buyers will also find the same high-end 20.7MP camera as found on the Xperia Z1, complete with Exmor R sensor and flash, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
Sony has yet to give us the full rundown of the Xperia Z1F's specifications, but Japanese network NTT Docomo has confirmed that it will also feature 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, NFC, Qi wireless charging, and a 2300mAh battery. From the looks of the handset's press photos, the Xperia Z1F will also arrive skinned with Sony's typical custom user interface, providing it with Sony's music and video apps.
Sony said that the Xperia Z1F will be available through Japanese carrier NTT Docomo in December, where it will be available in lime, black, white and pink colour variants. There are no details on pricing yet.
The firm hasn't announced details of a global release, and it's unclear whether the device will be a Japan exclusive. We have contacted Sony for more information. µ