Releasing 'Mini' versions of flagship phones has become the hot new thing for a number of today's popular phone manufacturers. We've seen the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The HTC One, and the HTC One Mini (which, in my opinion, is a superior phone to hold and operate with one hand0.
It looks as if Sony might be jumping on the bandwagon with a smaller version of their stunning Xperia Z1 - but with a major difference.
Unlike all the other options, the new smaller Sony will be just as capable as its bigger brother.
We hear quite a bit from people complaining about how large Android phones are growing - and how if you want to buy a flagship, highly-specced phone, you'll need to buy jeans with some pretty big pockets.
The new Sony Xperia Z1 Mini, or Xperia Z1 f, bucks the trend. Like the full-sized Z1, it will supposedly come with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, and Sony's exciting new G lens-equipped, 20.7MP rear-facing camera.
Storage is taken down to 16GB from 32GB standard, and the screen goes to 4.3 inches, with a resolution of 1280x720, not 1920x1080.
That's still a high-end phone by just about anyone's metric. We'll see how much it costs when it lands, but I doubt there will be too much of a difference in price before the Z1 f and the full-sized Z1.
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