The Xperia lineup is ready to see another addition. The Xperia Z1s, which is going to be a smaller version of the widely ballyhooed Xperia Z1, has once again been spotted. This time, it’s out and about, and shown next to the bigger device in the lineup.

With the Xperia Z1s, Sony now has three sizes in the lineup. While nothing official has been announced, the Xperia Z1s is said to have a 4.3-inch screen, more than a touch smaller than the Xperia Z1 and the 5-inch screen it sports. The Xperia Z Ultra, however, tips the scales with a hefty 6.44-inch display.

If this all seems familiar, it’s a game Samsung started with the Galaxy S3 mini. Diversifying a portfolio appeals to more customers, and fits many more hands. HTC has done the same with their One lineup, and Motorola even chimed in with the DROID series for Verizon. All devices keep roughly the same hardware behind a smaller or larger screen.

The Xperia Z1s looks to be a near cargo copy of the Xperia Z1, but the pic looks like the device might have a darker screen than the big brother. The Xperia Z1s is the international version of the Japanese-only Xperia Z1f. We’re fans of Sony’s hardware, but they’re lacking in one key area: we can’t readily find them at carriers.

  • anonymous

    I would like a phone-sized phone.

  • 486332

    It’s carbon copy, not cargo copy.

    Aside from that, love Sonys approach. Usually other manufacturers significantly rape the specs when they release a mini version. Had a HTC One and a One mini recently, looking to replace my current HTC One S (released almost 2 years ago). The One was too big to comfortanly use one handedly. On the One mini, it was half the RAM, half the storage, smaller processor. My old phone tested 15% faster than the sorry little One mini.

    Returned them both, looks like Sony wil be getting my business in the future, they have their product philosophy bang on right.

  • roiji

    the screen looks to be better. it didn’t turn white on the angle.