Xperia Z1 Mini clears FCC as Sony Amami?

FCC label for Sony AmamiThe Sony Amami (model number D5503) recently cleared the FCC. As is usually the case when companies request confidentality for some documents, little is revealed but there are still a few details to be gleaned from what is now available. Japan’s Blog of Mobile adds that the Amami is none other than a variant of the Sony Xperia Z1 f already available in Japan. It looks set to launch as the Xperia Z1 mini in other markets.

According to the filing documents, the Sony Amami will sport LTE / W-CDMA / GSM cellular connectivity as well as 802.11 1a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. So far, there is nothing different from the Xperia Z1f.

Unlike other manufacturers that have downgraded specifications of their mini models, Sony has opted to keep most the same as those of its larger sibling, the Xperia Z1. Key differences are the smaller display (with reduced resolution) and smaller battery. Based on build numbers (14.2.A.0.144 and 14.2.A.0.78) and unlike the Japanese model which launched with Google Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Sony Amami appears set to launch with at least Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sony could still upgrade it to Android 4.4 KitKat by launch time though.

The Sony Amami appears to be headed to Europe and Asia in the first quarter of 2014. It remains to be seen if it or another variant will make its way to North America as well.

We’ll have to see if Sony unveils its diminutive (albeit still packing a 4.3-inch display) smartphone at CES 2014.

Sources : FCC // Blog of Mobile