By Stephen Schenck | December 12, 2013 3:56 PM
For months now, we’ve been waiting to get the full story on Sony’s plans for introducing a smartphone like the Xperia Z1f – what’s essentially an Xperia Z1 Mini – to markets outside of Japan. What might seem straightforward has led us down a rabbit hole of confusion; first we thought that this handset might arrive as the Z1s, and saw a number of leaks to that effect, but more recently the possibility has emerged that the Z1s is more like a variant of the full-sized Z1, and this international Z1f would be named differently. Today we see the model pass through the FCC, and while it may be getting closer to release, we’ve still got plenty of questions.
The one thing that stands out for us here is that the hardware – specifically, the front-facer and prox sensor placement – matches the Z1f, rather than the supposed Z1s render we saw leak. There’s also the use of the codename Amami in these docs, which we’ve seen pop up in reference to this hardware more than once.
As far as radio support goes, this guy looks ready to go for either T-Mobile or AT&T. Then again, we know that Sony isn’t exactly crazy about the US market, so it may be premature to speculate on its release plans.