Honey, I shrunk the Honami: Xperia Z1 f announced

Honey, I shrunk the Honami: Xperia Z1 f announced

Compact smartphone lovers rejoice, there is a new powerhouse on the block. Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, the source of the Z1 f catalog specs we saw recently, has now officially announced the Sony Xperia Z1 f, aka the Honami Mini if you want to get all retro about it. This new mini is going to be the undisputed king of miniaturized power and will be a serious temptation to iPhone and Samsung mini fans. It might even lure a few big-screen fans back to something easier to handle.

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The Sony Xperia Z1 f comes in a color for everyone. / © Sony Mobile

Straight to the specs:

Processor Quad-Core Snapdragon 800, 2.2 GHz
Display 4.3-inch LCD (1.280 x 720 pixels), 341 ppi
Camera 20.7 MP, f2.0 aperture, 1/2.3" Sony Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ image processing engine, Sony G Lens (rear-facing), 2 MP (front-facing), 1080p video recording
Connectivity  Xi LTE, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n/ac , Bluetooth 4.0 with APT-X, GPS/ GLONASS, MHL, NFC
Internal Memory 16 GB, microSD (up to 64 GB)
Battery 2,300 mAh
Dimensions / Weight 127 x 64.9 x 9.4 mm / 140g

As you can see everything we gleaned from leaks and product catalog have proved to be true. The Xperia Z1 f will pack almost all the serious hardware of the flagship Z1 into a miniaturized glass and aluminum waterproof chassis. The only thing you're really missing out on is the screen, which is reportedly not the greatest, and according to The Verge, the camera performance suffered from the same issues we found in our Z1 camera test. A US price of $730 based on the non-confirmed Japanese tag of 70668 Japanese Yen has appeared and the device will be running Android 4.2.2 but there's no way yet to know if it will make it to American shores.

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Don't be fooled by the size, this thing is a powerhouse. / © Sony Mobile

How happy are you that these beefy specs turned out to be true? Would you consider downsizing but not downgrading to a Z1 f?

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  • With any luck this might become a norm. Full-power, small housing makes sense and will certainly win a lot of fans. The only problem is the price tag is still very high due to the hardware, which some consumers might not want to pay for a small screened device.

  • Amy R. Oct 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Relieved to hear that it doesn't lack in functionality and power. I prefer my phones tiny & my tablet screens massive :-)