October 24, 2014

T-Mobile gets exclusive U.S. rights to Sony Xperia Z1S

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T-Mobile on Monday announced that it will be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the Sony Xperia Z1S smartphone. In a nutshell, the Z1S is a version of the Z1 which has been optimized for T-Mobile’s network with other, minor hardware tweaks.

Like the Z1 which was announced in September of last year, this one features a 20.7-megapixel camera (BIONZ mobile image processing engine), with a G Lens, and a 1/2.3-inch camera sensor. The camera has a unique burst mode that captures 61 images (30 before you press shutter, 30 after the shutter, and your picture). Additional details in the camera include an augmented reality mode which places the subject in virtual locations, such as with dinosaurs.

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Getting away from the camera aspect, the Z1S boasts a 5-inch 1080p HD display with TriLuminos and X-Reality engines and a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Backed by 2GB RAM, the phone features 16GB internal storage, BLuetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and LTE.  The Xperia Z1S runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and can withstand up to 30 minutes in 4.9 feet of water.

T-Mobile expects that customers will be able to preorder the Xperia Z1S starting January 13 with online and retail availability on January 22. T-Mobile will offer the smartphone for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $23 on the Simple Choice Plan.

As an added bonus, Sony is offering customers who purchase the Xperia Z1S and a PlayStation 4 a $100 Visa gift card. The Z1S comes with six free movie downloads (Sony Video Unlimited) and a 60-day free trial of Music Unlimited.