For anyone that has not followed the news in the past few weeks, Sony is preparing to launch a mini version of the Xperia Z1, the current flagship. Unlike other “mini” versions, the Xperia Z1 Mini will inherit most of the features from the larger flagship.
The handed down features include the Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and 20.7MP camera, three of the main hotshots on the Sony device. The Xperia Z1 Mini will come with a 720p screen, smaller battery and less storage, to meet with the lowered price.
This move to make a really compelling 4.3-inch Android device could be a big success, considering the vast amount of people that do not want to rush into the five-inch range for the smartphone, content on sticking with anything less than 4.5-inches.
The problem is not that many smartphone makers want to push their highest-end devices on smaller screens, with the Moto X probably the smallest flagship available right now, with the HTC One behind at 4.7 and then the Galaxy S4 at 5-inches.
Sony will apparently announce the Xperia Z1 Mini for NTT DoCoMo this Thursday, with an official magazine leaked promotion, we thought it would come sooner rather than later. The phone will come in four different colors according to the magazine, black, white, red and yellow.
If the Xperia Z1 Mini can be sold off contract for less than $400, it would be a steal. Anything more and we cannot see this doing too well against the competition, with the HTC One Mini and Galaxy S4 Mini not being nearly as successful as their larger brothers.