We don’t normally pay a great deal of attention to benchmarks for one reason or another (the fact that they’re not necessarily an indicator of real-world performance, the ability to fake them…), but this latest batch of results is fairly interesting.
That’s because we’re ultimately told to brace for not one, not two, but three Sony Xperia Z1 variants.
For starters, there’s the international version of Japan’s Sony Xperia Z1 f, now thought to carry the codename Amami (the original Sony Xperia Z1 was the Honami, incidentally).
The Amami – perhaps coming to market here as the Sony Xperia Z1 mini – threatens to deliver all of the goodness of the larger Sony Xperia Z1 in a more pocket-friendly package, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 20.7MP rear camera.
Confusingly, there’s also a Sony Xperia Z1S, a name that was previously assigned to the Amami. But no more! The Sony Xperia Z1S, as we now understand it, will in fact be a refreshed Sony Xperia Z1 with, er, a slightly larger body and repositioned ports.
Finally, rounding off the trio is the Sony Xperia Z1 LTE, a lightning-fast handset that might well be exclusive to T-Mobile across the Atlantic.
For those interested in the AnTutu scores, we’re talking 34,193 for the Sony Xperia Z1 mini (Amami), 35,485 for the Sony Xperia Z1S (Z1 refresh), and 36,257 for the Sony Xperia Z1 LTE.
Bit close to Christmas to be launching new products now, but of course CES 2014 opens its doors in a matter of weeks.