Sony’s miniaturized Xperia Z1S could come to North America

Sony has been finding its groove over the past year. The Japanese company has improved its designs, its performance and its variety, and the market has taken notice: it is rumoured to be just below LG in Android market share.

The Xperia Z1 is a marked improvement over the Xperia ZL and Z, and there is reason to believe Sony will launch a miniaturized version of its flagship as the Xperia Z1S.

The 4.3-inch device promises to have similar specs to the 5-inch Z1, including the same Snapdragon 800 SoC and 20MP Exmor RS camera, pushing fewer pixels on the display. While it would be nice to see Sony innovate by fitting a 1080p panel on a 4.3-inch screen, the expected 1280×720 pixel resolution should suffice for most users.

Whether it does come to North America remains to be seen; Japan will see the Xperia Z1 f released in the next few weeks, but it’s unclear if there’s a market anymore for high-power, low-sized Android devices.