Sony announced a phone a few weeks ago in Japan called the “Z1F”. It’s essentially the company’s flagship Xperia Z1, but with a smaller battery and a smaller 4.3 inch 720p display. Same Snapdragon 800, same 2 GB of RAM, same 20 megapixel camera. The phone is expected to hit the company’s local market on December 19th, but what about the rest of the world? Rumor has it that the international Z1F is called the Z1S, and I’m happy to report that it’s just hit the FCC.
Curiously, the device isn’t referred to as either the Z1F or the Z1S in the FCC filing. Instead, it’s called ‘Amami’. Wikipedia says Amami is a small group of eight islands off Japan’s coast. America tool control of them at one point, but they decided to give them back in the early 1970s. Fun Fact: People who live on those islands are seen as “foreigners”, which makes it impossible for them to climb up the economic ladder.
But enough about history, why is this phone important? Because no one makes a small Android phone worth buying. The HTC One Mini is joke. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is ridiculously over priced. The Motorola Moto X is amazing, but it’s only on sale in a handful of countries and it has a terrible camera. You see where I’m going with this?
The irony in all of this is that iOS users are begging Apple to make a bigger iPhone, while Android users are begging Samsung, Motorola, anyone really, to make a smaller flagship phone.
Sony heard people’s prayers.