Each time big-ticket smartphone makers launch miniatures of their flagship smartphones (eg: the Galaxy S4 Mini), they miss out on a key dimension in their efforts to downscale - thickness. Some companies are guilty of even thickening their "Mini" products, even after cutting down heavily on the hardware specifications front. This is where the Xperia Z1 Mini will prove to be a firecracker.
Not only is the Xperia Z1 Mini a smaller device than the Xperia Z1, but is also proportionately slimmer. While the screen will get smaller (4.3-inch), and its resolution lower (at 1280 x 720 pixels), the underlying hardware is rumored to be identical to the Xperia Z1. We're having a tough time believing that Sony is trying to cram a Snapdragon 800 into a 4-inch class device, but miracles can happen.
Heck, even a cooler and slower Snapdragon 600 could make the Xperia Z1 Mini a class-leading device, one that could even challenge the iPhone 5S by taking on it in its size-segment. There are two theories on how Sony will spec up the imaging department. One states that it retains the 20.7-megapixel monstrosity and G-Lens of its bigger sibling, the other a still-respectable 13-megapixel contraption.
Sony plans to launch the Xperia Z1 Mini at CES 2014. Oh, and the picture above could be a downscale of the purple Xperia Z1 by someone with a good sense of spatial geometry.