The important difference? It carries IP58-class waterproofing, which, according to Sony, means that you’ll be able to submerge the Xperia Z1S in up to five feet of water for up to half an hour. Not bad, especially if you want to listen to music in your shower (don’t judge) or take trips to the beach.
Otherwise, you’ll get the same sort of specs the Z1 is known for – quad-core Snapdragon 800, 20.7MP camera with OIS and Sony ‘G’ lens, and a stunning 5-inch, 1920×1080 ‘TRILUMINOS’ display.
Sony is packing in some of its exclusive imaging apps, which it says marks their first appearance on a U.S. flagship smartphone. They include:
- info-eye which lets you search for information via picture, much like Google Goggles,
- Timeshift Burst, which captures a whopping 61 images in just two seconds – one second both before and after you hit the shutter button,
- AR effect, allowing you to layer animations onto your pictures,
- Social live, which lets you share, stream, and converse with Facebook friends while you shoot events live, and
- Background defocus, which blurs image backgrounds (‘bokeh’) to look like the camera has a much larger sensor
The Xperia Z1S will be coming exclusively to T-Mobile (with support for T-Mobile LTE) in the United States, with pre-orders starting early next week and nationwide availability targeted for January 22nd. T-Mobile customers will be able to purchase the device for $0 down on the Simply Choice plan, and paying 24 equal installments for the balance ($528) of the phone’s cost.
Until January 21st, Sony is also offering $100 gift cards to customers who purchase both an Xperia Z1S and a PlayStation 4 game console., along with six digital movie downloads, 10 PlayStation Mobile games, and a 2-month trial of Music Unlimited, Sony’s streaming music service.