We've known that Sony has been gearing up to launch a smaller version of its new Xperia Z1 flagship, but leaks were all we had to go on. Well, while you were busy not being in Japan, Sony announced the Xperia Z1f at a DoCoMo event in the land of the rising sun. Don't judge it by its size – this is not just another mid-range device.

The Z1f is built around a 4.3-inch 720p display, which works out to 341 pixels per inch. Granted, the 5-inch 1080p Z1 is 440 PPI, but the Z1f seems like it will do alright. Almost everything else is identical. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. Around back the Z1f sports the same 20.7MP EXMOR camera sensor from the Z1. Don't let the snazzy color options fool you – the Z1f is water-resistant just like its big brother. As for the software, it's Android 4.2.2.

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If you're clamoring to get your (tiny) hands on the Xperia Z1f, hold your horses. The device was only announced for DoCoMo in Japan. There is no word yet when or if it will come to other regions.

[Sony Mobile Japan]

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  • pHyR3

    there's that compact high end android phone people have been asking for!

  • Brandon Jiang

    Now this is a true mini. HTC and Samsung better learn

    • WhyWai

      HTC and Samsung should rename their Mini to "Low End"

  • Herman

    I can see Sony not releasing the Z1f globally any time soon, much like the Acro S at the beginning. At the time I would've loved to get an Acro S instead of my current Xperia S.

    Let's hope Sony's learned from this and releases the Z1f everywhere soon! I was thinking about upgrading my Xperia S to the Z1, but this Z1f may just be what I'm looking for instead.

    • TjaldidTjaldid

      I'm guessing it will come to western shores in January since it releases in December in japan and CES is in January

  • randomchars

    "get your (tiny) hands on the Xperia Z1f"
    Seriously? Two years ago this phone would have been considered huge.

  • David Van Cleef

    This is a refresh of the Xperia A (which was to the Z as the Z1f is to the Z1), Docomo's biggest seller of the summer.

    • anon

      Wrong. What's to the Z as Z1f is to the Z1 is the ZR.

      • David Van Cleef

        Xperia A (SO-04E) which was not sold outside of Japan in the same configuration (a crippled 8GB version of it was sold in overseas market as the Xperia ZR)

    • anon

      Okay, they are both the same >_>

  • Irinel Loghin

    You actually think that the US carriers will get that phone?

  • abhishek

    This will be fastest 720p phone in the world. second is xiaomi mi2s and third is moto x.

    • Daniel DS

      The Nexus 4 is a better performer than the Moto X in terms of speed and performance as far as I know

      • abhishek

        No. moto x beats nexus 4 on real world and benchmark performance.

  • Mandeep Singh

    Any news of its price ???

    • David Van Cleef

      In the JPY85,000 range.

      • Mandeep Singh

        If that is the price then z1 is cheaper to buy

        • David Van Cleef

          Its the same price as the Z1 +/- 1-2%. The phones have the same specs excluding the screen, its personal preference. In Japan the market spoke for the smaller device - the Xperia A massively outsold the Xperia Z this summer.

          • anGel_pLayer

            Maybe because of the Miku verison.. :)

  • WhyWai

    I am holding my purchase of Xperia Z1 and also my breath for this gem to coming out of Japan... please bring it to us Sony!

  • brujilo

    I love my Acro S's 4.3 inch screen! I love ever bit of that phone! I was pretty baffled by the Z at first (that screen actually looks awful compared to its rivals at time of launch and the camera wasn't as impressive as I thought it'd be). Now this is all the more reason to upgrade to the Z1f if it does ever come out over here (SEA).

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