All the news surrounding Apple’s unparalleled success in Japan may be fading away, as new reports suggest it is being beat by Sony’s Xperia Z1f, the cheaper variant of the Xperia Z1, available in Japan only for the time being.
Hitting markets just recently, the Xperia Z1f managed to trump the iPhone in sales. This is no small feat, even with Sony is one of the big Japanese companies many in the country admire. The iPhone is a prominent device in all Asian countries and has spawned copy-cat companies.
Sony Xperia Z1f is a smaller and cheaper version of the original flagship, but removes almost none of the internal specs from the Xperia Z1 and continues to be one of the most powerful smartphones in terms of raw performance.
Running on the Qualcomm 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and with a 20.7MP rear camera, the Xperia Z1f is no small mid-range smartphone, even if the 720p display was added to set people off the trail.
Sony has said the Xperia Z1f will be available in other markets, although no time frame was announced. It is likely we will see the smartphone pop up at Sony’s CES area, before a full release sometime between January and March.
We doubt Sony will have as much success in Europe and the US as they have had in Japan – the company’s symbol is like Nokia in Finland, one of pride and joy, but in the US Sony is mainly known for TVs and displays, not high-end smartphones, although they are trying to get bigger.