Sony hasn’t been able to make a dent in the US smartphone market, but the company has recently showed signs of working on changing that, partnering with T-Mobile to offer some of its latest flagships. With T-Mobile the only supporter of the company at the moment, it looks like Sony is trying make full use of the collaboration, and has announced the Xperia Z1S as a T-Mobile exclusive variant of the Xperia Z1.
The Xperia Z1S was originally thought to be the mini Xperia Z1 flagship, but that was announced as the Xperia Z1 Compact instead. The Xperia Z1S is pretty much the same as the international Xperia Z1 with one exception: it comes with double the internal storage out of the box (32 GB). Other specs remain the same – there’s a Snapdragon 800 processor with four cores clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 5-inch 1080p display with Sony’s TRILUMINOUS and X-Reality tech, a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera that’s one of the best around, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (an update to Android 4.4 should arrive in the near future). Like the Xperia Z1, it’s water-proof and dust-proof as well.
T-Mobile will begin selling the Xperia Z1S online from January 13 and in-store from January 22. There’s no upfront cost on a two-year contract, though you’ll have to shell out $22 each month which equals a total of $528, which is a great price for a flagship smartphone.