No sooner has the dust settled from Sony’s big Xperia Z1 launch at IFA 2013 and the rumours have resurfaced concerning a miniaturised version of the flagship smartphone, dubbed the Xperia Z1 Mini.
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While there’s been talk before of Sony following the Mini trend with its latest hero phone, there are now a couple of pictures which have leaked online allegedly showing the device.
Naturally both snaps have popped up out of China’s social networking site Digi-Wo, an increasingly prolific source of mobile leaks. The first is a shot of the handset’s front panel, but it could quite easily be a render or a doctored image of the full-size Sony Xperia Z1.
The other shows the Xperia Z1 Mini in purple, alongside both a full-size purple Xperia Z1 and a second one in black, all of them are lying on their front. Again this could be a render though, it would have taken more work, but there are certainly enough skilled 3D artists out there to pull it off.
A set of specs has also leaked alongside, again there’s no telling how authentic they are so do take it all with a pinch of salt. According to the info the Xperia Z1 Mini will pack a 4.3-inch 720p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the same 20.7-megpixel Exmor RS camera setup seen in the regular Xperia Z1. There’s a bit of a weird contrast there between very high end and fairly mid-to-low end. A Snapdragon 800 with 8GB of storage? Sounds a bit fishy to us.
An accompanying set of whispers also say we’ll see the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini making its debut at CES 2014 taking place in Las Vegas next January.
The big question is how, if at all, Sony will be approaching the ‘Mini’ concept. To date, rival manufacturers have not only shrunk their flagships down but have also reduced the spec to a lower-price category. Could Sony see compact smartphone variants which keep the high-end specs as a viable gap in the market? That’s certainly the drum Apple keeps banging, so why not?
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