For a while now, there have been rumors of a ‘mini’ edition of the Sony Xperia Z1 being in the works. Actually, something like that has already been announced for Japan as the Xperia Z1 f. That product will stay exclusive to Docomo though, yet by now it’s pretty clear that Sony will soon launch the same device internationally as the Xperia Z1S.
Just a couple of days ago, the Xperia Z1S was briefly spotted at Sony’s own global website, before the listing was taken down. So it appears that the company is in fact getting ready for a launch. Today we can observe the upcoming handset in all its glory thanks to some leaked live images which surfaced in Ukraine.
The handset pictured above runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and it manages to do so even before its bigger sibling (the Xperia Z1 is still on Android 4.2, with an update to 4.3 promised for next month).
Previously rumored specs for the Sony Xperia Z1S talked about a 4.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the same 20.7 MP camera as the Z1, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and it should be waterproof just like most of Sony’s recent high-end offerings.
It’s definitely going to be an interesting one, this. That’s because Sony opted not to go the way of HTC and Samsung in creating its ‘mini’ flagship. Whereas the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini come with pared down specs all round compared to the One and S4, the Xperia Z1S keeps everything from the Z1 except the screen size and resolution and, we assume, the battery capacity. It’s been a pretty long while since we saw flagship specs in a 4.3-inch phone in the Android world, so the Z1S may be a great success for Sony. It all depends on how much the company will overprice it.
The source for the images above claims that the handset will be available in Ukraine in the next three months. But it might get released elsewhere a lot sooner. Amazon UK has a listing up for a case for the Z1S, and the launch date for it is specified as November 26.
Obviously, there’s absolutely no point in releasing an accessory for a device that isn’t yet available, so this could mean that the Xperia Z1S will be out on or before that date. On the other hand, it could all just be an error on Amazon’s part, especially seeing as how the case is apparently priced at £0.25, which is preposterous.