By Stephen Schenck | November 26, 2013 3:47 PM
Ready for a noodle-scratcher? You might want to sit down. For a little over a month now, we’ve been tracking leaks and rumors about the Sony Xperia Z1s. It started off with a name and a render, and we later saw a number of in-the-wild pics and even witnessed the name briefly appear on Sony’s site. So much seemed certain about this phone: that it would be the international version of the Japan-only Xperia Z1f, with both models essentially playing the role of an Xperia Z1 mini. But then last week we heard some odd rumors suggesting that the name Z1s wasn’t quite right, but leaving us confused as to how the phone might actually launch. Now today we’re seeing pictures that make the Z1s not seem like a mini Z1 at all.
Check out that image up top, to the left. The handset with the side-oriented headphone jack is apparently the Z1, and that placement there checks out. That other model looks to be just about the same size of the Z1, yet it has a center-oriented jack – just like we saw on that leaked Z1s render, above right. So, is the Z1s actually some variant of the Z1′s hardware, though keeping the same basic size?
Want to really get weird with things? When we take a closer look at the pictures we’ve seen of “Z1s” hardware, the front-facer placement doesn’t match the render – it looks more like how the Z1f is set up. Same thing for the headphone jack – it’s somewhere between the two positions above, off-center, but not so far over to the edge.
So where does that leave us? It sure does look like there will be SOME international Z1f, but it may not be the Z1s. And the Z1s, on the other hand, may be much more Z1-like than Z1f-like. Or was that Z1s render not the Z1s at all?