The Xperia Z1 was one of the highlights of the IFA tech show last week, thanks to its impressive camera, fast processor and intriguing set of accessories. However, like the Xperia Z, the phone has a big 5-inch screen, which even though such a size is becoming commonplace, just isn’t for everybody. It’s a point realised by Samsung and HTC already, as they have produced smaller versions of their flagship Android phones, and now it looks like Sony will do the same.
A leaked picture published by Chinese tech site Digi-Wo shows three Sony smartphones, the Xperia Z1 in both black and purple, plus a smaller phone too. The little device is thought to be the Xperia Z1 Mini, its challenger to the HTC One Mini and the Galaxy S4 Mini. If the leaked specs are correct though, it’s going to beat the pair hands down, as the only major change is with the screen. Instead of 5-inches with a 1080p resolution, it may be 4.3-inches with a 720p pixel count. Not bad at all, and the same as the One Mini. However, the processor may still be a Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM, and the camera the same 20.7-megapixel one fitted to the full-size Z1.
This will be a big thing if it turns out to be true, as “Mini” usually means a smaller processor and less capable camera, something which rarely pleases phone fans. We could have some time to go before finding out if the leak is accurate, as the source says Sony will unveil the phone during CES 2014 in January.