By Stephen Schenck | October 23, 2013 10:48 AM
Earlier this month, we saw Sony do something that’s become a holy grail of sorts for the smartphone industry, releasing a smaller version of a flagship handset while maintaining the same quality of hardware. This was the Xperia Z1f, marrying a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and 20.1-megapixel camera with a 4.3-inch 720p display. Unfortunately, this dream come true was tempered by the fact that the Z1f is a Japan exclusive. But then we saw some hope arrive in the from of the Xperia Z1S, which leaks suggested could become the international version of the Z1f. Today we hear a little about how the Z1S might be released, with rumors about a launch event next month in China.
Supposedly, Sony’s planning some sort of press event for November 12. We haven’t seen any formal invites, but this source indicates that the festivities could go down in Shanghai. A leak suggests that Sony could be planning a “be moved” theme for the event.
The Xperia Z1S is likely to be the highlight, but there’s a chance we could also see a device codenamed “Tianchi,” which we’ve heard described as a six-inch 720p phablet running one of those new MediaTek octa-core SoCs. That one doesn’t sound quite so interesting, but we’ll withhold judgment until we’re able to appreciate the complete package. If this rumor hits the mark, we should get our answers in under three weeks.