As expected, Sony Mobile has just confirmed the follow-up of its popular Xperia Z smartphone, the Xperia Z1s will be available in the United States beginning January 22.However, the Japanese company announced the Xperia Z1s is an exclusive to T-Mobile in the United States, so those who do not want to switch carriers won't be able to grab this one.
According to the carrier, beginning January 13, T-Mobile customers will be able to pre-order the Xperia Z1s online for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $22.3 with the Simple Choice Plan.
In addition, T-Mobile confirmed it will run a special pre-sale promotion during which it will offer customers a $100 VISA gift card with each purchase of a Sony Xperia Z1s and a Sony PlayStation4 (“PS4”) for a limited time from January 13 – 21.
But there's more to it, as Xperia Z1s is said to come with six movies to download from Video Unlimited including Sony Pictures’ Captain Phillips on the day of its digital release, 10 preselected PlayStation Mobile games, and a 60-day free trial of Music Unlimited.
Specs-wise, the Xperia Z1s features IP58 rating and packs the famous 20.7-megapixel camera featuring BIONZ for mobile image processing engine and Sony G Lens.
“As a waterproof smartphone complete with the best of Sony’s technology, Xperia Z1s breaks the mold of not only what you can do with a smartphone, but where you can take it.”
“Building on the momentum of the successful partnership for the launch of Xperia Z, T-Mobile’s shared vision of delivering an uncompromised mobile experience makes them the perfect exclusive partner to bring Xperia Z1s to the US,” said Ravi Nookala, President, Sony Mobile Communications US.
Furthermore, Xperia Z1s boasts a stunning 5-inch Full HD (1080p) TRILUMINOS capacitive touchscreen display featuring X-Reality for mobile picture engine.
On the inside, the smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2 Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory.
Other highlights of the Xperia Z1s include: 3000 mAh battery, 4G LTE connectivity, secondary front-facing camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, as well as GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS.
Sony Xperia Z1s will ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, but is likely to receive an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade in the coming months.