News by Andrew Kameka on Friday December 13, 2013.
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Sony upset some US buyers when the company decided to focus its efforts on launching phones first in Europe and Japan, and that strategic decision looks to continue based on the recent FCC visit of its next smartphone, the Xperia Z1 S.
A handset with the codename "Amami" has just entered the FCC listing with a diagram identical to the rumored Xperia Z1 S, a smaller version of the Xperia Z1 that scales down the size but maintains the strong specs. The phone is expected to have a 4.3-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera.
The Amami has HSPA and LTE bands geared towards the European market but could be used in the US, which is why it sought FCC certification. There's no sign that this will be officially sold by a carrier in the US, but it could follow Sony's track record of releasing some phones through its own stores by selling AT&T and T-Mobile compatible smartphones at full retail price.source: FCC, via: Phone Arena
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.