T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1S official: We get it wet

Jan 6, 2014
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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1S official: We get it wet

Sony and T-Mobile have announced the Xperia Z1S, the US carrier's version of the Xperia Z1 that debuted in Europe back at IFA in September 2013. The 5-inch Full HD touchscreen is kept, of course, as is the 2.2GHz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of memory, and - as we found here at CES 2014 - you can still dunk it in water and expect it to work.

Sony had been offering the international Z1 unlocked and SIM-free in the US since October, but this T-Mobile deal will see the handset offered in stores as well. The carrier will offer it on a spread payment plan of $22 per month over two years, though service will obviously be extra.

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Other specifications include a 20.7-megapixel camera with Exmor RS sensor and Sony's BIONZ processing. It gets a dedicated camera key, too, and T-Mobile has asked for a couple of other tweaks to the core Z1 design for its version, including centralizing the headphone socket rather than the offset position it has on the international phone.

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There'll also be preloaded apps like a camera that allows you to automatically defocus the background of the shot, creating a shallow depth of field effect. Another app uses the camera to do image recognition on things like wine bottles, book covers, and places of interest.

The T-Mobile Sony Xperia will go on sale from January 18th in the US.


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