Sony has two new phones to announce here at CES in Las Vegas: one specifically for the purple people over at T-Mobile, and one meant to appease users who want a premium phone without the bulk. The Xperia Z1s is T-Mobile's branded variant of the slightly older Xperia Z1. Aside from the extra letter and doubled storage, it's identical to Sony's international flagship. The Xperia Z1 Compact is a smaller 4.3" phone that keeps most of the premium features.


There's not much to say about the Z1s - it's the Z1 for T-Mobile, with T-Mo's LTE bands. You still get the 5" 1080p LCD screen, the Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, the same customized build of Android 4.3, and a bombastic 20.7MP rear camera. You still get Sony's gorgeous and waterproof industrial design. The only new feature appears to be expanded internal storage, which has been bumped up to 32GB for the Z1s. Sony is also bundling in an "exclusive entertainment pack" with six free movies and a 60-day Sony music trial. The phone will only be available in black.

The Xperia Z1s will be available online from T-Mobile's website on January 13th, and in T-Mo stores starting on the 22nd. The price will be $22 a month for 24 months ($528 total, and the same price if purchased all at once) with T-Mobile's zero down payment plan. If you buy both the T-Mobile Xperia Z1s and a PlayStation 4 at the same time, you can get a $100 rebate via a Visa gift card.


The Z1 Compact was previously and mistakenly reported as the Z1s, and it's probably the same device as the leaked "Xperia Z1 Mini" as well. It shrinks down the Z1 frame but keeps most of the features intact, save for the smaller and less-dense 4.3" 720p display. On the inside you'll find the same Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 20.7MP rear camera, NFC, and 16GB of storage. The software is Android 4.3 with Sony's custom skin, and the non-removable battery inside the waterproof casing is 2300mAh. This should be a nice option for users who want a smaller phone without downgrading the hardware.

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Sony isn't ready to talk about pricing or dates for the Z1 Compact, but it will be available globally in four different colors. Per Sony's usual policy, that means it will probably be sold on the company's US web store at some point. I'd expect at least some discount off of the regular Z1, perhaps $499.99 unsubsidized.

Source: Sony 1, 2

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Annoying Marketing 101:
    - Release Z1 in the US (late, as always) = let's call it Z1s
    - Remember Z1f? Screw it, let's call it Z1 Compact (which is an absolutely awful name).

    Classic Sony.

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      Honestly, I thought they fixed their marketing after the ps4 but clearly I was wrong.

    • epsiblivion

      I say zenfone and padfone are worse names. asus actually makes nice looking hardware too, but just awful names.

    • WhyWai

      - Z1s make some hardware update. exactly same like Apple's iphone5 to iphone5s.
      - Z1f is for japan market. Japan phone model naming is always different, for all mobile brands.

      Not sure why it's "classic Sony"...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        What exactly did they update in the Z1s compared to Z1? A bump in internal storage and a new camera software function? That's not even close to an iPhone 5 to 5s, for example.

        • Matthew Merrick

          Oh come on, they moved the headphone jack! What more could you want?

          • Aooga


  • Wazzifer

    No Walkman or Chromebook announcements from Sony. I am sad.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    The names are a bit complicated, but the Z1 Compact looks to be the best compact smartphone around...

  • Msan

    Those ugly bezels :S...

  • Jason Wright

    VERY Similar to my Japanese Z1 which already has 32GB internal storage but also has IR receiver and Full-Seg TV.

    Its a wonderful phone!

    • Jorden Nading

      I got my Z1 from eBay for $580. Have 5 or 6 apps that use 2+GB. Luckily using Folder Mount so the data isn't saved through internal. Have a 64GB SD card but that 32GB internal would come in handy. Where did you get your Japan variant of the Z1? Was looking everywhere for that version and couldn't find any. :/

      • Jason Wright


        I live in Japan so I got mine from Docomo. If it has the Docomo symbol at the top with the X for Doctor LTE service then it will be this variant.

        The Z1f is really being pushed over as an alternative to the iPhone. It actually outsold the iPhone for one week. Impressive for one Android phone.

  • G

    Xperia Z1 Compact!
    I fell like I'm 10 and it's my birthday!

  • epsiblivion

    is engadget wrong then? they are reporting $528 for the Z1S

  • jralphroman

    So will T-mobile stores carry Playstation 4 's?

    • VoiceofSky

      that would be pretty awesome not gonna lie :0)

  • yankeesusa

    I really like the Z1s. I had the xperia z and I really like the phone. Just got rid of it because I missed my note 2. But I'm actually thinking of going back to xperia. I just hope the bootloader is unlocked. That is another reason I chose note 2. More development for the note 2 than the xperia.

  • Mystery Man

    No KitKat no Kare -_-

  • yankeesusa

    Can you buy your xperia from tmobile and ps4 from best buy and get the visa card that way?

  • casey

    What are the chances these are ever released on the play store with GPE Roms?

  • Guest

    I've been dying to buy a sony smartphone for years, but the on screen buttons was a deal breaker for me... Th

  • George

    Compact?? Finally what we've been waiting for and no skimping on features from the larger z1s! Can't wait