Xperia Z1 f announced in Japan; see the first promo video

by XB on 10th October 2013

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia - Japan Models, Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1 f_official_1The Sony Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) aka Xperia Z1 mini is real, NTT DoCoMo has just formally announced the handset along with the Xperia Z1 (SO-01F). The specs are as previously rumoured, with the handset due to launch in late December. The Xperia Z1 f will come in four colours including striking lime and pink versions along with the traditional black and white variants.

Much like the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 f has an aluminium frame. It pretty much adopts most of the same hardware as the Z1 including the Snapdragon 800 chipset with 2.2GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with microSD memory card support. It also includes IP55/IP58 dust and water resistance, a 20.7MP Exmor RS rear camera and 2.2MP front camera.

The main difference over the Xperia Z1 includes the smaller 4.3-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and a 2300mAh embedded battery. All this comes in a chassis measuring 65 mm × 127mm × 9.4mm and weighs 140g. If Sony is considering releasing this globally, look for it at CES 2014. We really hope they do, as it looks like stunning handset in a smaller package, without any compromise on specs.

Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F)


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Xperia Z1 (SO-01F)

The Sony Xperia Z1 (SO-01F) was also announced for NTT DoCoMo as expected. The handset will launch on 24 October 2013.


Via Sony Mobile Japan 1 & 2.

  • jumbo3220

    So still we can hope for a Z1 mini for global market? i mean the leaked front panel and the purplr xperia Z1 mini images have different designs than this Japanese version.

  • Ben Ling

    this is Xperia P…

  • shah

    plssss plsssss plsss have international release T.T

  • shah

    the japanese website claims it will be available late december. so kids out there, start begging ur parents to get 1 for u. =.=”

  • nimrod

    Please release Z1 mini before Decemeber I need it badly

  • guest
  • abccc
  • jumbo3220

    yeah ..i searched the images of P front panel. it is P ,thanks

  • Sami Mrabet

    please release this International!

  • blitz_arc

    that yellow one.. is mine!!

  • Zhyriel ZA

    Not impress at all…. :-P

  • guest

    Xperia Z1 f SO-02F Lime color Hands on

  • fishisnot

    I would go to Japan just to get this!

  • Mac

    I just wish I could get my hands on a purple one with front bezels in same color.. But I guess I gotta replace my white acro s with a white z1f, hopefully that’s not the international name.. looks stupid, but hey! Does it have IR blaster!?

  • lamierda

    it’s locked with docomo. you can’t use it.

  • hans

    I was once a believer on a small handset, but with the screen estate on the Z1 and the bigger batteries.. I might pick the Z1 to this :) But really love to have an option. :) Btw, from the video posted below, i think we have a better viewing angle than the Z1.. But it might be because it’s in japan.. :'(

  • XS

    Is it me or it looks really thick?

  • moti motilal

    Release early in India, I am waiting, I am big lover of Sony

  • Sh’ Dynasty

    That’s what she said…never );

  • odx

    you can be released sim lock, in docomo shop.
    it cost about 3000YEN.

  • guest

    Xperia Z1 vs Xperia Z1 f (SO-01F vs SO-02F)

  • lastengineerstanding

    I hope they release it in Germany not like ZR. This is the perfect phone for me, so I already pre-orderd it a month ago. The salesman at the shop where I pre-orderd it assured me that Sony will release it in Germany, but Sony is great at disappointing their pontantial customers so I wouldn’t be suprised if they won’t release it international.

  • arcu de triumf

    Yes it does…Odd thing…maybe the battery needs more thickness. On the other hand who needs those mumbo jumbo photo features with dynosaurs and flowers or other stuff? Why do they waste time with these things? Let’s see the pictures, the noise, the photo counter the sound etc…the usual issues for Xperias.

  • Andrie Putra

    OMG… It makes S4 Mini … HTC one mini just like ….

  • haoasakura0

    Shame its only a docomo exclusive :(

  • tositem

    Oh my! I want the lime one! Please sony release it internationally!

  • Mac

    but still, we don’t want the docomo logo, and is it even the same network bands?

  • nazira

    how to get the unlocked version of Z1 SO-01F from docomo…

  • kevinlow
  • Mac

    nice! but the idiot with the backpack is almost fuckin up the joy.

  • Mac

    it is, compared to the z1, but I think it’s good, makes it fit better in hand, will be maybe a little bit thinner than my acro s, fine by me, z1 is to thin

  • Guest

    Only for Japan


    The camera app will be ported to xperia Z in the future updates ??? (Please don’t tell me to root my phone and get the camera app) @xperiablog @all

  • xperiafan324

    It’s about a millimeter thicker than the Z1, most probably because of the ample 2400mAh battery, and not to mention the complete metal+glass design, both of which take up more space than plastics.I’m just glad that Sony again made the omnibalance design without an unsightly hump.
    Sony should really make the Z1 f available worldwide, because there are MANY people who’d love its compactness with that awesome 20.7 MP sensor.

  • xperiafan324

    I might be the only one, but I really like the Sony logo on the chin of the phone. Looks really nice to me.

  • i don’t like it it looks too rounded at that size it would look stunning with sharper corners

    and slightly thinner bezels

  • HardyHarHar

    Xperia Z1 F*** off international users lol!

  • HardyHarHar

    Japan phones are required to have complete frequency bands. The only downside of this is that it’s bootloader is unlockable :/


    The camera app will be ported to xperia S in the future updates ???
    (Please don’t tell me to root my phone and get the camera app)
    @xperiablog @all

  • nlf

    and ips screen???

    hand on video?z1f amazing

  • nlf

    xperia z1f (z1 mini)hand on video ?amazing

  • loco_loco

    Really? The Xperia Z1 f SO-02F uses IPS display?

  • nlf
  • add

    i more like purple

  • Red Salmon

    OMG… No sense… does makes your comment…
    Learn some English

  • Micro

    ummm…. well.. I was wondering for some time if I did the right thing to get the Z1 without waiting for mini version.. but you know guys..? Now I am sure I prefer the full size one.
    Not that this mini is bad or something, just… at this size it doesn’t look that stunning for me and.. well, I already used to the 5″ beauty, and actually I can’t imagine now having anything smaller. Ultra is definitely too big, but this one… nah, too small IMO.

  • JG

    what a very nice display… hope they release the same here in the phils.

  • Battal Aljadei

    The Z1F screen looks a lot better than Z1 screen in viewing angles ?
    compared against Xperia Z1 screen

    Now i can say good job SONY !,
    let’s hope that you’v gain some benefits from that thickness by adding an optical image stabilization !

  • boosook

    Love the girl! :)

  • boosook

    Is “does makes your comment” English? ;)

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  • kust0r

    Oh dear… another perfect-ultimate-fabulous device JUST for japan market…

    This is the definitive proof that Sony is freaking dumb.

  • Babylonbwoy

    sorry but shitty video again, if I based my smartphone choice on videos, then I would never buy a sony ! their video are as ugly as the design is good!

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  • BQoBD

    Doing things like this will lose SONY market share as customers get frustrated.
    The speed these new handsets seem to be appearing is also making users who bought the last device feel dated within months. Keep doing that and they will walk SONY.

  • here, in Portugal, a website says that it may be available here in January

  • Rizky Maulana

    how care and bought that sh*t if just for jepun market only ???


    WTF with the copying comment ? @1abddc1c82962e6fa67f2fbd1aa5077d:disqus

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  • XS

    I assume so, thicker to accommodate the battery. I only spent like 10 mins playing with Z1 in the store. The quality of photos is great IF you spend time playing with the settings. If you leave it in Auto mode, i dont think you will see much improvement compared to my XS.
    And I agree, the dinosaur is just stupid. Z1 looks very premium and classy. So these features are not needed and it makes the phone looks like some cheap phones trying to grab attention by gimmicks.

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  • Rockee

    Sony wants to come back but does not listen to the market. If this was released in the same time as z1. they could have sold millions already!

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  • Cameraman
  • yeye

    Is the website authoritative?

  • arcu de triumf

    That would hold Z1 sales, always you must come out first with the expensive one, then with the cheaper one, otherwise everybody would buy the low priced mobile.

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  • ZL


    DAT BEZEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    OMG GUYS CHECK OUT THE BAGELS!!!!11!!!!1111!!!!one!!1!!!! #swag #yolo

  • mountain

    Does anyone know which LTE band it support? I cannot use the tablet z LTE in Hong Kong, but knowing that snapdragon 800 supports world LTE, it might be different.

  • Billy de Fretes

    guys.. please put all of these comments section in sony xperia facebook official page and twitter…

  • AA

    High possibility I am getting this handset to replace my Xperia S, IF there is international release.

  • Anonymous

    Why does Sony continue to make white phones that are black on the front??? It’s more pretty when the phone is white all around. Lg, samsung, apple, and others do it that way and their white phones look great! Sony, it isn’t good to be stubborn.

  • Red Salmon

    In case you somehow couldn’t tell, I was mocking him.

  • Anonymous2

    I don’t agree with you !!
    since last year(starting from XS) you are the first ahole to complain like this !!

  • guest

    You can clearly see how much better the display quality of Xperia Z1f than Xperia Z1

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  • xperianer

    if there will be no international release, i will never forget that sony :/
    i read many pages its exclusive docomo/japan, i hope they just mean exclusive release at that date, and not forerver…how stupid would would be a non-international release? oO

  • Edmundo Alcívar

    Another dumb, that doesn´t understand why those bezels…

  • H-R-K

    i thing that’s a good option for compact size powerful mobile, but it should release worldwide because all of us don’t want huge phone. and Sony does something wrong with this device like display of z1…..

  • H-R-K

    can anybody tell me which glass xperia z,z1,z ultra, z1f use for front & back?

  • Mac

    I feel you man, but Sony has 2 phones with this, and it is the Xperia ZL and the SP. So if they want, dey can. I want a purple back n front z1f with IR blaster. 2 much 2 ask, yep maybe but we’ll see.

  • Mac

    Oh is that so, nice then. I see, but this doesn’t mean we still can’t root. I hope DooMLoRDs easy rooting toolkit can make it work.

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Its Japan dude, here even Z’s screen quality is better than our international Z1’s quality……

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Its definitely better but Sony has always put better display for Japan handset than International phones…. I hope this is not the case for Z1f if it even comes out globally :(

  • Brad Williams

    I like the fact you can actually read what slot is what. I can’t see that on my XZ. :)
    At the risk of your bane, it also looks much thicker than the Z or Z1. :/
    Not that I really care, cause I don’t really see what the whole issue is with the trolls anyway.

  • Brad Williams

    I agree Micro, Want my 5″ now. Nothing at all wrong with this one but, just not for me.

  • Brad Williams

    Yep, you can’t fit awesome into something as thin as paper. We leave the garbage to be compressed by sameshit, etc. :)

  • shah

    thanx bro. its awesome. makes me cry….nope. makes my student-life wallet cry T.T

  • shah

    that site is the hardcore follower of sony news. besides, its a native jap site, i think dat dude went to the release event.

  • Micro

    I switched from XS and it was kinda big already, so I was a little afraid if 5″ isn’t too much. But surprisingly I found the Z1 even more ergonomic (lol!) and now the S feels so small and so fragile.. it is not, but it feels like it is. I love the design of Z1 f, this is really great mini version, even better display than mine and I really hope it will be available worldwide, but this is my thought- Z1 is only a bit bigger but this display…. it makes me want look at it constantly, not too small, not too big. And now when I see lower resolution on some a bit smaller display… this is just not enough now for me already.

    But this is only my personal preference, I am not saying anything bad about Z1 f, I don’t get who would down vote me for this :/ (except trolls)

  • Brad Williams

    Who knows why the trolls do anything in here, don’t let them bother you. :) If I remember rightly this screen is 4.3 which is the same as my old Arc. So really not that small. Like you, I think the mini is a great concept (yes trolls, you can mark me down now too.) But I am used to my Z now and doubt that I would go back to a smaller screen. But for everyone who wants a beautiful phone but smaller (and I do understand people wanting that) this is the best they will get……… Bar none. :)
    I believe it will go international, it’s too good not to.

  • Brad Williams

    Correction: Arc was just over 4.2″

  • shah

    Aminnnnn @ amen on the international release!! pls sony, have international release !

  • Leo

    I do wanna an international release~~~!

  • [csizor

    Mi reaction when I knew Xperia Z1 F is confirmed for Japan only (at the moment):

  • Anonymous

    I think Sony is afraid a full white (rectangular) “flagship” would look too much like the white iPhone and would get sued by Apple. Sony needs to at least tell it’s customers facts like this.

  • gag

    why no purple

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    Finally better display , even.better than z1, but wtf sony all companies.make there phones internationnal and u just japon, wtf wtf bad marketing from sony, very bad

  • xperiazisthebest

    looks like a brick

  • Salmon Eating Grizzly Bear

    In case you somehow couldn’t tell, boosook was mocking you.

  • Z1f Fan

    But the Z1f looks a lot like the iPhone 5C, at least in the red and the lime versions.

  • boosook

    Just joking. Anyway, people seem to have forgotten what netiquette is.

  • rockee

    no. if that will hold z1 sales, so be it, as long as you have one clear winner that will shake the market. So many people have long been wanting a decent sized android phone with top end specs, this is the answer to it!

  • Sony should really fire the guy who creates this names -_-

  • olala

    so this is xperia SX successor

  • digitalis


  • Guest

    You are calling someone an ahole because he has a differing opinion on design than you. You are the ahole among other things.

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, but apple can’t accuse sony of copying the 5c since nobody knew what the 5c would look like until recently.

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  • Sh’ Dynasty

    The frick is that ugly piece of crap. Looks like it would break if a fly landed on it.

  • the_black_dragon

    OH NO!!! THESE BEZELS!!!! xD

  • shanefalco

    z1 use triluminos lcd tn (low view angle and low black)…z1f use triluminos lcd ips as ultra (good view angle and good black).

  • shah

    its concept bro, a 5 inch. seems too “plain” in my opinion. still will opt out for something < than 5 inch, in which still holds the term "mobile" together =)

  • Mac

    actually I think many would be upgrade from iPhone 4-5 to this if it was released when z1 was. N for those who like the z1 size are still going for it as they think z1fv idv2 small. So I think mo ppl would’ve gone for Sony. And I don’t think this z1f is going to be much cheaper than the original.

  • Mac

    where is the IR Blaster?

  • 123

    z1 is VA screen?not TN

  • Babylonbwoy

    Just a matter of hands size for me, I can’t go back to something smaller than 5″ now that I had Z & Z1. Bigger like ultra is too much, but 5″ is just perfect, as long as my thumb can reach the opposite side of the screen when I hold it with one hand it’s ok.

  • Babylonbwoy

    No need to say it all cap, the message will be the same without.
    If you want sony to hear you go tell them on their site!

  • xperiafan324

    It is neither, Z1 screen is e-IPS like the Z. Really wish people would use google more. If Z1 f is truly an AH-IPS panel (which by those pictures does look to be the case, then this phone just got more desirable for me. Also it’s a good sign, that Sony is moving away (hopefully for good) from e-IPS screens.

  • x-periance

    9.4mm just like xperia ray had… I dont think xperia ray to thick… So do xperia z1 f i guess… :-)

  • shanefalco

    not exist pva panel in the smartphone world…exist lcd tn, lcd ips and amoled. you should search better information ;)

  • Mohammed Khired


    fuck the Z1 , I want the mini !

    I just hope doesn’t come more expensive than the big brother !

  • shah

    well, as tradition dictates it should be cheper, but as the dates of these will be far apart, maybe by the time it is release, it may be the equivalent price, or just a tiny bit cheaper. Not to mentioned the smaller screen size and battery should also bring the price down. well it all will be useless if there is no international release!

  • ? ?

    colourful xperia~

  • iKushtyy

    For those who are bothered about full HD, the Z1f only has a 720p screen.

    Considering this site seems to be an Xperia specailist, this really should have been mentioned.

  • Dave*

    Let’s hope Sony release this globally – and from my point of view that they release it here in the UK, as we never got the acro S, the V or the ZR. Not everybody wants an enormous 5-inch phone. This one would suit very well – much more pocketable yet still high-end specs and, especially, still water and dust proof. So come on Sony, stop playing about and release it this time please.

  • shah

    err.. pls read it with caution next time,

    “The main difference over the Xperia Z1 includes the smaller 4.3-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution…”

    that was mentioned above. so….yeahh… they did mentioned it….

  • iKushtyy

    Yeah I know that. Some people might not though. It could have actually said ‘720p’ alongside the 1280×720. Some people aren’t as tech savvy as others. Especially older people.

  • shah

    yes, the old people~ sure grandpa n grandma won’t mind, but yeah. that’s valid somehow ;)

  • nana

    Pls Sony, dont be a dumbfuck company by selling it locally.

  • me

    I like it better sized, sony should research criticism advice comments

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  • Shawn Smith

    Hi Just hope this has an IPS Display. Google is dropped it’s beast for $399.00 with an IPS display. Not sure why Sony is cutting corners on its devices.

  • shah

    well we have to lose some to gain some, for example this one is also water and dust proof not to mention the camera has bigger megapixel count than N5. still both are at level of their own awesomeness. with that said, lets hope Z1S is an intl version for this babe!

  • Shawn Smith

    Can you confirm that an IPS LCD display cannot be water proof? Also, the size of the mega pixels is irrelevant. Here’s the best video comparison I’ve been able to find between the Z1 and the iPhone 5s. Neither have OIS and you can see the Z1 dropping frames and shaking all over the place.

    Z1 vs iPhone 5s Camera Comparison

    I bought a Z1 and returned it because the angles were so bad. I have an HTC One and there’s no turning back from that display.

  • shah

    i wasn’t saying the screen cant be waterproof and all, i was just saying as it is right now, the nexus 5 is NOT water and dust proof, whilst the z1 and its brother is, that’s all.

    and sorry to say but I think it is so, look at htc, they try to hav a go with their ultraapixel but it never worked. the amout of megapixels in the camera does matter for that fact, and the video that you posted, based on the date the video was uploaded I conclude that it does not have the latest camera firmware update, so try to find a valid one next time..

  • Shawn Smith

    My initial post was showing concern about the display. Your replied with “well we have to lose some to gain some, for example this one is also water and dust proof”.

    So what compromise are you talking about? Why would Sony cut corners on the most important hardware?

    It’s funny, you say that megapixals matter but then turnaround and say the comparison didn’t include a software update. So tell me, if more megapixals is better, Why would a 20 megapixals camera need the software upgrade? You just proved my point. Software is what drives the experience. That’s why the 8 megapixal iPhone 5s pwned the Sony 20 Meg. Sony software Sucks.

  • shah

    woopss apple fan boy alert! hahaha..

    referring to the first post that u started, i was more focusing towardso ther stuff that the 399 with the IPS display covers. yes, they do have IPS but they don’t have that much of resistance towards water n dust.

    in my defense SONY software department is on the move, they’ve pushed updates for lots of devices and i expect to see more, yes their track record at softwares WERE bad, but I think there is a new change in the future.

    Are you sure its just mere software? if that is so, than apple won’t bother to upgrade the camera, they could have just let it be the same as the 3GS 3.2meg of camera if the software is sooo great. but why the upgrade? that shows hardware is still much important. maybe you have been watching to much of CSI series eh?

    well, sony does have its own division of video and camera, unlike the iphone, and people have trust in them. thats all. hey, maybe the next iphone could use iLense, just to get back at sony? =P

  • Shawn Smith

    I guess I’m a Google and Apple fanboy as I own an HTC one.

    You take the cake for fanboyism.
    “yes their track record at softwares WERE bad, but I think there is a new change in the future.”
    Talk about holding on for dear life.

    I’m still hoping Sony doesn’t cut corners on the display.

  • shah


    well then I own a nokia, a nexus device, a blackberry and used to have samsung and sony devices so yeah~~

    cut them some slack. I honestly think they are trying to improve starting from xperia z. so lets just see where will they lead us to..

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  • greenearth

    S4 mini is a more practical device then this . Although people say samsung uses plastic but sometimes plastic is just plain practical . Like how I prefered xperia zl over xperia z or z1 . Sony should not give up on devices like xperia s series which is a lot better then its stupid z series which is focused entirely on asthetics . I would have prefered xperia s mini rather then z mini

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