Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

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Sony is expanding their Xperia Z1 family with two newly announced handsets, the Sony Xperia Z1s and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. The former is a Xperia Z1 variant headed for T-Mobile, while the latter is a smaller version of the phone that manages to retain a majority of the same specs and features. We had a chance to check out both as part of Sony’s pre-CES press conference.

If you are at all familiar with the Xperia Z1 — or count yourself among those pining for a US release — the Sony Xpera Z1s will look mighty familiar. As far variants go, the most notable change here is 32GB of storage. Otherwise you get an identical device down to a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5-inch 1080p display, and 20.7MP camera. Save for some T-Mobile badging, the Z1s features an identical build, remaining slim and sleek. Highlighting the powerful Exmor RS imaging sensor, Sony has included a physical camera button, a true rarity on today’s smartphones.

Understanding that not everyone wants or needs a 5-inch display, Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact takes the same powerful specs of its bigger sibling and places them in smaller package featuring a 4.3-inch display. Some sacrifices are made in this area, reducing resolution to 720p HD, but the Z1 Compact is by no means meant to slot in as a mid-range phone. It keeps the Snapdragon 800 processor and perhaps more impressively the 20.7MP Exmor RS-based camera. The design of the phone mimics the bigger device, as well.

The Sony Xperia Z1s will be available from T-Mobile next week, January 13th, online and in stores by the end of the month. No official release plans have been confirmed for the Xperia Z1 Compact.

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  • Jerel Butler

    Dem viewing angles

  • Sean

    I wanna say Kevin got high before filming this, don’t ask my why.

    • Jerel Butler

      Not high just not excited it obvious he knows its quite boring

  • Sora

    If I didn’t get a new phone recently I would probably be getting the compact. Not everyone wants a 5-6inch phone…I already have a 7 inch tablet. When I got a new phone in June, that was the only size that had decent ram, and fast processor unless I went to i-phone, but i-phone is never an option because I can’t stand i-tunes/i-os.

  • Jason Crumbley

    Glad I signed up for the Jump! program.