The Xperia Z1F, a “mini” variant of Sony’s flagship Z1, was officially announced today by Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo after leaking online last month. There’s still no mention of how much the new handset will cost, though we expect a smaller price tag than the full-sized Z1, and Sony notes on its website that the device will hit stores in late Dec. 2013.
Sony’s latest Xperia-branded smartphone comes equipped with a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 display, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2300mAh battery, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM and runs Android 4.2.2 with the company’s own minimal bloatware on top. The one component the Z1F takes directly from its big brother is its powerful 20.7-megapixel main camera, which is paired with a 2.2-megapixel front-facing shooter.
The Z1F is just slightly bigger than the iPhone 5s, and fits comfortable in your hand. Its design features an anodized metal frame, spherical corners and the same shiny power button seen on the Xperia Z1. The handset comes in classic black and white models, as well as pink and lime (which looks more like neon yellow on Sony’s website).
Considering the solid job Sony did with the Xperia Z1, we’re sure the Z1 will offer a comparable experience in a more easily manageable package. Unfortunately for those of us not living in Japan, it looks like this device may never leave the island nation. DoCoMo describes the Z1F as an exclusive offering, and there’s no indication anywhere online that the new smartphone will launch globally.
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