Remember the oddly titled Sony Xperia Z1f – the cut-size Xperia Z1 that emerged early last month over in Japan?
Well, it looks like the rumours of a couple of weeks back are correct and it's heading for an international release under the more predictable title of Xperia Z1S. How do we know? Because Sony itself has confirmed as much.
Following the image that @evleaks gave us via Twitter, the Xperia Z1S has made a fleeting appearance today on Sony Mobile's global website, lingering for long enough to have its credentials noted before being whisked back down again.
And as expected, it appears to be a match for the Xperia Z1f in all but name, boasting the same 4.3in 720p display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 20.1MP camera and 2,300mAh battery.
One of the few points of difference, interestingly enough, seems to be the general design, with the Japan-only Xperia Z1f clearly having more rounded corners than the international variant.
Just why that is remains a mystery, as does the more important matter of when we'll be seeing it – @evleaks reckons before the end of the year, and Sony certainly seems to be ready.
It's the second time in a couple of weeks an upcoming device has been “accidentally” leaked ahead of its arrival, the first being the Motorola Moto G.
So is this the new normal? Is the process of releasing new smartphones becoming so formulaic that all we'll have to look forward to in the future is a couple of spec/image leaks via the likes of @evleaks or SamMobile plus a conveniently timed web reveal lasting just long enough for the web to notice?
It's sure starting to look that way.
Via Unwired View