The heavily rumoured Sony Xperia Z1 mini has been spotted gaining FCC certification and is due to launch in Europe early next year.
Previously known as the Sony Xperia Z1s, the Xperia Z1 mini is now going under a new name – Amami.
Sony has already released an Xperia Z1 mini in the form of the Xperia Z1f, but its only for Japanese markets. This smaller version of the Sony Xperia Z1 is supposedly destined for other worldwide markets in the New Year.
The FFC certification tips that the Sony Xperia Z1 mini will launch with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean rather than the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS featured in devices like the Google Nexus 5.
Other smartphone manufacturers have already launched their own miniature versions of flagships smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini, but they haven’t proved as popular with consumers as their beefier counterparts.
However, it seems Sony is taking a slightly different tack with the Sony Xperia Z1 mini bound for European shores.
Unlike other mini flagships, the Z1 mini should feature the same processor as the powerful Xperia Z1. This means the Z1 mini will have a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU.
The Z1 mini should also retain the Z1’s 20.7-megapixel rear camera with f.20, 27mm wide angle lens and 3x digital zoom. This rear camera also has 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor and Bionz image processing engine.
The biggest difference between the two smartphones will obviously be the screen size. The Z1 mini is said to have a 4.3-inch display, in comparison to the flagship Sony Xperia Z1.
Sony is heavily anticipated to unveil the Xperia Z1 mini at CES during its January 6 press conference.
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