IFA 2013 isn’t yet officially over, but with the dust slowly settling in on the show floors of Berlin, Sony appears to already be working on a mini variant for its flagship Xperia Z1 smartphone. And, just like the Xperia ZR before it, the rumoured Xperia Z1 Mini is set to be one of the most powerful compact smartphones in the market…if it makes its way from the rumour mills and into reality.
Just about the only difference between the Z1 – previously codenamed Honami – and the rumoured Z1 Mini is in the screen size. Instead of a 5-inch Full HD display, the Z1 Mini will come with a smaller 4.3-inch 720p screen (at this point in time there is no word yet on whether it will feature a similar Triluminos display). Everything else on the Z1, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and, best of all, the 20.7MP G Lens sensor. The initial rumours also peg the battery pack as a 2400mAh unit over the 3000mAh unit on the Z1.
Placing such extreme hardware in a compact chassis will surely raise some eyebrows over the authenticity of the rumour, but the same could be said of the Xperia ZR, which had a similar set of hardware as the flagship Xperia Z save for the lower-res screen. If true, the Z1 Mini could prove to be yet another interesting addition to Sony’s new range of premium smartphones.