Looking at and studying the technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini, it would be easy to conclude (and expect) that the mini version of any flagship smartphone is not just smaller than the original but is also far less powerful.

If so, Sony Xperia Z1 Mini - a Japan-only release as of the moment - is absolutely out of the ordinary and is definitely a welcomed surprise.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini

Sure, staying true to its name, it is smaller (albeit a tad thicker) than the best-selling Sony Xperia Z1 (127 x 64.9 x 9.4 mm versus 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm) but amazingly, it retains all the key selling points of its more expensive sibling -- apart from the 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display, of course.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini

Sony Xperia Z1 - replete with a 4.3 inch HD TFT display - has the same Omnibalance scratch-resistant and shatter-proof DragonTrail-Glass-Aluminum-Gorilla-Glass-3-sandwich design identity and even has similar innards and multimedia features. The handset runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system skinned by the Japanese company's Xperia user interface (known for its darker hues) with its powerhouse Quad Core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU based Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and efficiently handles multitasking with 2GB of RAM. Users also get the same 20.7 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and the award-winning G-Lens, 2 MP front cam, 16 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot, Full HD 30fps video recorder, IP55 and IP57 certification for being dust-and-water-proof, and LTE connectivity support. Sony Xperia Z1 Mini has a smaller non-removable 2,300 mAh Li-Ion battery pack versus 3,000 mAh on the flagship release but it's been reported that the former actually delivers longer uptime because of its less power-hungry display.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini

By crafting Sony Xperia Z1 Mini this way, Sony showed everyone that it is possible to create a Mini version of a flagship handset that simply offers all the strengths of the original in a more pocketable and handy package -- one that should be more attractive to people who don't like carrying all too big phones.

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini currently retails for 70668 Yen in Japan (or around Php 29,800 with current conversion), which is a tad hefty. Then again, when you factor in the handset's gorgeous design language and top-notch technical specifications, I believe its price tag is just right. Do you think that - just like Sony Xperia Z1 - the Mini version would do well in the Philippines? Should Sony consider bringing the handset here? Let me know your thoughts via the comments section below, TP Friends.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Sony Xperia Z1 Mini
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Upper Midrange
Dimensions127 x 64.9 x 9.4 mm
Weight 140 grams
Available Colors White, Black, Purple, Pink, Yellow
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Display 4.3 inches (~342 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Scratch-Resistant and Shatter-proof glass panel
Processor Quad Core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset
RAM 2 GB RAM
Internal Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB
Camera 20.7 MegaPixels, autofocus, LED flash, 2 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera and front cam
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, H.264, MP3, eAAC+, WAV, Flac player
Ports microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-The-Go, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features IP55 and IP58 certified scratch dust and water proof, Omnibalance Design, Xperia UI, Socialife
Announcement Q4 2013
Availability Japan: December 2013
Price Japan: 70668 Yen, TP Price Guesstimate: Php 29,995