Sony Xperia Z1 f (Xperia Z1 Mini) and Samsung Galaxy J officially announced in Japan
Three days ago, a leak suggested that the small version of the Sony Xperia Z1 was headed to Japan under the moniker Xperia Z1 f, and that it would be joined by the Samsung Galaxy J in Docomo’s roster. That’s been made official today.
In designing a ‘mini’ version of its flagship, Sony thankfully opted to go a different route than Samsung (the company that first did such a thing with the Galaxy S III Mini from last year) and HTC. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini come with mostly midrange specs, the Xperia Z1 f is basically every bit of its larger sibling that Sony could cram into that smaller frame. Which makes it an extremely interesting proposition if it will ever launch anywhere else – since it’s been a pretty long while from when we last saw a 4.3-inch smartphone with top of the line specs.
The Xperia Z1 f has a 4.3-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 20 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, all the usual connectivity options, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and, like the Z1, it’s waterproof and dustproof.
For now, this handset is exclusive to Docomo, Japan’s largest carrier, where it will be out in December in black, white, pink, and lime. But we’re hoping it will make its way to other countries soon, preferably under a different name.
The updated Samsung Galaxy S4 that was rumored for a while this summer has become reality. It’s called the Galaxy J and it too is only available in Japan right now. It has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, all the usual connectivity options, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
So in a nutshell, the Galaxy J takes the S4’s form factor and size and inserts the Galaxy Note 3’s guts into it. A nice prospect for many, surely, but for now one that’s limited to Japan. Maybe we’ll see it get out of there soon, but nothing’s certain at the moment.
The Galaxy J will be in stores in Japan before the month is over, and it will be offered in pink, blue, and white.