Sony Xperia Z1S announced as a T-Mobile exclusive version of the Z1
The Sony Xperia Z1S has finally been made official, but it’s not the Mini flagship we were expecting. Instead, that got announced as the Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Z1S is basically just a Z1 that’s headed exclusively to T-Mobile in the US of A.
The Xperia Z1S keeps most of the internationally sold Z1′s features, but has double the storage space. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, 150 Mbps LTE, 42 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, while an update to Android 4.4 KitKat should be on the way at some point in the near (or not so near) future.
The Xperia Z1S is dustproof and waterproof, being IP58 certified. That means it is water resistant up to one meter for 30 minutes. Its dimensions are 145.7×73.9×8.6 mm, and it weighs 162g.
To get one from T-Mobile, you won’t have to pay anything upfront. However, you will have to shell out $22 for 24 months on top of your existing bill. That works out to $528, which is certainly not a bad price for a flagship smartphone. And you have the added benefit of not having to put down one penny. Obviously, this being T-Mobile, you can leave the network anytime you want, but when you do the balance for the Xperia Z1S becomes due.
An online-only pre-sale for the Xperia Z1S will start on January 13, while in-store availability is pegged for January 22.