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Sony Xperia Z1 Mini prepped for 10 October release

Sony is preparing to launch a mini version of the Xperia Z1 smartphone in a range of vibrant colours similar to those on offer for the recently released Apple iPhone 5C.

Japanese technology blog Rbmen procured a brochure for NTT DoCoMo, a mobile phone operator in the country, which showed the Xperia Z1-f in black, white, pink and lime.

The smaller incarnation of the Xperia Z1 has an impressive array of features including a 4.3in 1,280 x 720 HD display with Sony Triluminos screen technology and is 9.4mm thick with a lighter and more compact shell.

Inside the device there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has IP58 certification, meaning it will be dust and water resistant much like the Xperia Z1 and a smaller 2300mAh battery than its predecessor.

No details are given as to the specification of the onboard camera with speculation pointing to it being the same 20.7-megapixel lens that came with the Xperia Z1.

Its big brother, the Xperia Z1, was first revealed at IFA 2013 Berlin at the beginning of September following the usual leaks that come with any new release. The Xperia Z1 has a 5in Full HD display, the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM as the Xperia Z1 Mini, with 16GB of internal storage.

The smartphone runs on Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the famed 20.7-megapixel camera featuring a G2 lens that showcases Sony’s photography capabilities. Both the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Mini are likely to run on the new version of Android, KitKat, with customers waiting until Sony has modified it to its own specification.

The Xperia Z1 Mini is set to go on sale in Japan on 10 October with no details on when or if it will become available in the UK.

Image Credit: Rbmen