06
Jan
sony z1s

Update: It looks like some signals got crossed. This is the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - the "Z1s" is a T-Mobile branded variant of the original 5-inch phone.

It's been said that those who want a powerful modern smartphone with a non-gigantic screen don't have a lot of options. If a new post from the tireless Evleaks is to be believed, they'll have at least one more on T-Mobile very soon. The Sony Xperia Z1s (possibly the Xperia Z1s - note the superscript) was shown off in a recent post along with a full set of specifications and a T-Mobile logo.

The phone purportedly uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2Ghz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and the same impressive 20.7 megapixel rear camera as the Xperia Z1. But what's more interesting is the 4.3" screen. It's only 720p resolution, but with a screen size that small and Sony's impressively sleek industrial design, this should make for a tiny smartphone compared with similarly-equipped models. Other reported specs include a 2MP front-facing camera, a 2300mAh battery, and Android 4.2 with Sony's customized skin visible in the photo.

There is no date or price information available at the moment, though Evleaks does note that this T-Mobile model is intended for a 2014 release. The body style looks typical of Sony's design language going back to the original Xperia Z, and the water droplets indicate that it's at least somewhat waterproof like other premium Sony models. With those specs, the Xperia Z1s will probably demand a higher price than other 4.3" phones, but it will be well-justified.

We'll be looking out for this little guy at Sony's CES event, where they might show it off for the American market. If not there, Mobile World Congress in February would be the next likely venue.

Source: Evleaks 1, 2

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • mattj78

    I like that. That's the size I've been waiting for. This in a Google Play Edition would be so sweet

    • PhantomPtI

      Oh, Google Play Edition would be perfection.

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      Especially at Nexus 5 prices.

      • Sid

        Nexus 5 is gimp as phone compared to this in pure specs and quality stop the bull shit about eveyrthing being at nexus 5 price its annoying.

        • Mike Reid

          Yeah, Sony and Nexus tend to be at opposite ends of the price margin spectrum.

        • Gabernasher

          How is the Nexus a gimp phone compared to this? Both have the S800 and the Nexus has a higher res larger screen. I guess this is at least water resistant and has a better battery and higher MP camera? Probably also comes with some bloat free of charge.

  • PhantomPtI

    Really interested in this. Might pick up a Moto G though, as the price of this Sony might be high plus the Sony skin over Android with no Kitkat. Blueh.

    • vs8

      I know this solution isn't for everybody, but I really don't care about the software that comes preinstalled (when it comes to these phones running OEM ROMs) as long as they have good developer support.

      Since this is a Sony handset, I'm expecting great support, not only from the developer community, but from Sony as well. They have been grea at that lately..

  • Cheeseball

    I'm sold.

    My GT-I9100, OT-995 and Ascend P1 are 4.3" inch devices and they fit perfectly in my hand. The screen is not too big and the resolution is just right for this size. An Adreno 330 coupled with this resolution should eliminate the minor lag in San Andreas.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Back in my days 4.3" was considered big in high-end phones *cough cough*

    • Robert Alex Kibler

      Right? I remember when I got my OG Droid and everyone thought the 3.7" screen in that was astoundingly huge.

      • Gabernasher

        Loved that phone to death.

    • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

      Oh, the good ol' times of the Galaxy S II.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I remember when the HTC HD2 was released, people thought the 4.3" screen was INSANE. Everyone was joking about holding a brick up to your face.

  • Grayson Carr

    Man, I don't know about this. I can appreciate a smaller phone, but this thing is going to be iPhone small with those on screen buttons, dropping the usable size in most apps to 4.0 to 4.1 inches. I could do 4.3 without on screen buttons and 4.7 with on screen buttons is fine, but man, my wife's iPhone screen is so small at 4.0 inches.

    • Gabernasher

      Immersive Mode.

  • chenxiaolong

    Looks good, but this T-Mobile variant probably has a locked bootloader like the other T-Mobile Xperia phones.

  • Jeff

    It is from what I have heard actually a variant of the 5inch model Z1 with a few special modifications to address connectivity issues on t-mobile's bands. We will find out shortly though. I would love to see T-Mobile selling both the 4.3 and 5 inch model!

  • Braden Abbott

    Only having to push half the pixels of the other SD800 phones is going to make this one an absolute screamer! With better batter life too

  • Emma Lewis

    and now this is kind of hilarious, oh snap bit.ly/1effVjb

  • Ilkhan

    Needs qi to be perfect.

  • David

    Jelly bean MR2 is 4.3

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Finally a phone for my girlfriend. She's on my Nexus 4 now, and likes almost everything except the size. She really misses the size of her old iPhone.

  • Shanon Coleman

    Its 1080!! not 720 the xperia z compact is 720