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Sony Xperia Z1S is now official, coming exclusively to T-Mobile

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Sony Xperia Z1S is now official, coming exclusively to T-Mobile
Exactly as we expected, the Sony Xperia Z1S just got announced at the company's CES 2014 press conference. It is a phone that we've been hearing rumors about for quite a long time, and while most of them turned out to be true, others weren't exactly spot-on. On one hand, the device is indeed very similar to the Sony Xperia Z1 flagship. But on the other hand, we didn't know it was going to be that similar. 

As is typical for a Sony high-end handset, the Sony Xperia Z1S is a water-resistant device – a perk rarely seen on a smartphone. Its slender body is impervious even when dunked in up to 5 feet of water. And it is a pretty phone as well. Premium materials like metal and glass have been used in its construction. With the exception of the headphone jack, all slots and openings positioned around the phone's sides are protected by removable flaps which prevent liquids from entering inside.

The front of the Sony Xperia Z1S is graced by the same 5-inch screen found on the Xperia Z1. It has a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, as is typical for today's high-end smartphones. Naturally, Sony's TRILUMINOS and X-reality display technologies have been implemented. 

Under the hood we find a hardware setup we've grown quite familiar with - a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC paired with 2GB of RAM. Simply put, the Sony Xperia Z1S is one capable device that's worthy of rivaling the flagships of its competitors. It is nice knowing that 32GB of on-board storage have been thrown in, meaning that storage space won't be an issue with this handset. And if you need extra space, there's always a microSD card slot at your disposal.

Sony has outfitted its 20.7MP camera on the Sony Xperia Z1S, which is great news. We've tested the snapper on the Z1 already and we know what it is capable of. If you're interested in the details, it has a f2.0 aperture size, an Exmor RS sensor, and a bunch of fancy camera modes to tinker with. Naturally, 1080p video recording is an option.

The Sony Xperia Z1S will launch with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. Of course, it will be running Sony's custom interface in a form similar to the one we know from the Sony Z1. We're guessing that an update to Android 4.4 is coming some time in the future. 

In the US, the Sony Xperia Z1 will be available exclusively through T-Mobile for a price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $22 with the Simple Choice Plan. Pre-orders are to begin on January 13.


source: Sony

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:17

1. ara.armagedon (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 May 2013)


What the hell!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:18

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1147; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


should be be a kit kat 4.4 why sony? long time already..

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:18

3. sennarose88 (Posts: 53; Member since: 18 Jun 2009)


Which one is the correct name, Z1S or Z1 Compact? Seems contradicting with other sites I've been read.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:21

5. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Its a completely different device.... One has a 5 inch screen, the other a 4.3 incher.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:27

9. sennarose88 (Posts: 53; Member since: 18 Jun 2009)


Whoops. Thanks for clearing things up.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:19

4. SolomonGrundy (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Dec 2013)


It's 2014. Why not the Snapdragon 805 instead?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:22

6. Birds (Posts: 1003; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I doubt it will be available till March...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:25 2

7. alltechinside (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


2014 and Sony still hasn't learn a thing...
T-Mobile exclusive = FAIL. I really can't comment much about this....
TFT Display = FAIL. Why use the same screen panel from Z1? I thought that the screen was one of the cons for the Z1?
And Android 4.3? Sony is one of the few OEMs that is very close to stock. Not sure why it didn't come built in with 4.4

The Pros I see is the waterproof (water resistant) and the camera but the problems haven't really changed from the Z1...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:32

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8689; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Are you a T-Mobile customer? No? Then why complain?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:40 2

13. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


I'm a Verizon customer and I would love this phone on Verizon. I agree the t mobile exclusivity sucks

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:46

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8689; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You know it all comes down to Verizon also. If they wanted the device, they would have pushed for it and spend the $$$ for it like T-Mobile did.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:47

15. Dowson (unregistered)


t-mobile == unlocked, then if your carrier use freaking frequencies isn't sony fault but an american sh1t.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:18 1

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8689; Member since: 14 May 2012)


AT&T is GSM too, in case you didn't know. Also, Verizon and Sprint are CDMA based, so they would require different frequencies and radios.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:39

24. osanilevich (Posts: 245; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


Always been curious about Tmo's unlimited international text and data. I thought for a second that this might be the phone that has me make the switch but then I remember how Sony always produces quality, but slightly outdated phones. That being said, I'll probably wait to see what the other 'flagships' (the term doesn't mean what it used to) bring to the table

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:27 2

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1139; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Okay, so to make up for screwing the U.S., they are going to release a phone that is exactly identical to the C6903 that is already available for less money? That's the most nonsensical thing I have ever heard in mobile.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:30 1

10. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


TFT again..

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:33 1

12. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Some people say "better late than never" but not in this market. This phone should have been available on Tmobile months ago, not in the coming months. Another Sony fail, unfortunately.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:06

16. saffant (Posts: 224; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


People whine about the S4 being too similar to the S3, but have no comments about this? This is almost a 100% exact carbon copy of the Z1. Yeesh. Samsung Haters gonna hate, huh?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:11

17. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


hmm let's see...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:11 1

18. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1139; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I love the Z1, and I have owned all three phones (S3/S4/Z1), and I have no problem calling a spade a spade: This is a consolation prize, and a poor one, at that. The C6903 is only a 16GB model, but otherwise it is identical, and it is unbranded and available in all three colors (It remains to be seen if T-Mo offers the white and purple). I'll take the unbranded device all day because the logo mars a pristine surface.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:20

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8689; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Let them whine. They have nothing better else to do.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 20:23

21. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The difference is this isn't supposed to be a successor to the original Z1 (also, it's only being released 4 months later.) The S4, meanwhile, is the successor to the S3. Complaining that this is too similar to the Z1 is more like complaining that the S4 Active is too similar to the S4.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:06

22. jellmoo (Posts: 690; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


This isn't a similar comparison though. The S3 to S4 is flagship to flagship. This is just a variant of the Z1. More like the S4 to the S4 mini or Active.

A Flagship to flagship comparison would be the Xperia Z to the Xperia Z1. And yes, they were pretty darn similar.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 02:17

28. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


its smaller dumbutt

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:45 2

23. jdot104 (Posts: 54; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Come onnnnnn Google Play Edition! *shakes dice*

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 00:19

25. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Talk about a game changer, Sony. lol.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 07:57

27. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Hopefully the phone will do well enough that other providers will pick more of these in the future. I'd love to switch to T-Mobile, just to get this phone, but their network is just so bad in VA they won't cover me where I need it most sadly.

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