The Android scene is starting to become dominated by large devices, with screens over five-inches in size and some even extending to 6.4-inches, but Sony has made a smaller flagship to combat the rising tide of phablets.
We first heard about the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini (also know as Xperia Z1 f) a few days before the Xperia Z1 was announced at IFA 2013 and since then leakers have been actively grabbing every piece of information on the device.
Essentially Sony has developed a smaller flagship and not a mid-range device, like HTC and Samsung did with their mini versions. The Xperia Z1 Mini comes with a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and the huge 20.7MP rear camera.
There are some changes, the Xperia Z1 Mini display has dropped down to 1280 x 720 resolution and the battery inside is a 2300mAh cell, still powerful enough to run through a full day, especially with a 720p screen instead of the 1080p powerhouse.
It is a device almost relatable to the Moto X, smaller than most flagships with some impressive internals, but this time Sony will drop the price to $99 on contract, if it ever gets into the US and Europe.
The Xperia Z1 Mini is currently only available in Japan on NTT DoCoMo, with four starting colours: black, white, red and yellow. This is a little untraditional for Sony, who love to use purple as their third primary colour.