Sony is just now getting around to bringing the Xperia Z1 to US stores. The device, which launched internationally four months ago, will be rebranded as a T-Mobile exclusive called the “Xperia Z1S.” The name immediately brings Apple’s naming nomenclature to mind, in which “S” denotes an old design with new internals, but the Z1S isn’t significantly different from the Z1.
Like the Z1, the Z1S has a 5-inch 1080p LCD, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, a 3000 mAh battery, and a 20MP camera. It runs Android 4.3 with Sony’s custom Android skin. The one upgrade over the Z1 is the storage, which Sony has bumped from 16GB to 32GB. Like most Sony devices, the Z1S is waterproof, provided you close the plastic flaps covering the micro-USB, microSD, and SIM holes.
The Z1S will be available in T-Mobile stores and online on January 22nd. Online preorders begin January 13, and T-Mobile and Sony are offering the chance to “preregister” for the preorders today, which will get you first dibs (relatively speaking) on the device.
via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/yOEJbPuewcQ/