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Sony just got done with its CES 2014 press conference leaving us with plenty to talk about. One such discussion point is this, the brand new Xperia Z1s, exclusive to T-Mobile. We've had chance to take a quick first look at the new arrival, and on the whole it's a lot like the current Xperia Z1 that we're familiar with.

The first difference between the two is the weight; the Z1s is lighter than the Z1, and it's a little more plasticky in construction compared to its sibling. The design remains largely the same, with the same power button on the side, magnetic charging dock connectors and SIM slot. Cosmetically they're virtually identical then, with only the headphone jack being noticeably different in location on the Z1s. 

Of course, one of the improvements T-Mobile customers can enjoy over the Z1 is the bumped 32GB of internal storage. Inside the Z1s runs a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, has 2GB of RAM, and a 20.7MP G-Lens camera just as on the Z1, and we're coming out of the box now with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.. Oh, and you get a little T-Mobile logo on the rear. 

And that's about it. It's a lot like the Xperia Z1, but a little different in a few areas. For a quick video run through and a few more snaps, head on past the break.

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What a beautiful device.

This will be great as well as the Lg Gflex all for Tmobile.

Plain and simple nothing beats Tmobile today period.

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jdot104 says:

*crosses fingers* Please oh please let there be a Google Play Edition!

demontooth says:

Hell yeah. We need a google play edition to make the camera as shitty as possible.

mrgwap03 says:

Or a Google play edition for shitty data connection lol

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return_0 says:


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That's true, I have Nexus 5 and signal sucks, only one bar too three of signal what shame!

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SoCalBIGmike says:

Amen to that! And what the commenter below said too. GPE is a joke.

Im curious as to what AT&T is doing with Sponsored Data. They are saying a service, say Hulu, will PAY for your data use while using specific apps. THAT is news to me.

dante501 says:

I did had the International Xperia Z back in Germany and I really loved it. Probably the only Android device I never wanted to sale after just a few weeks. This Sony Xperia Zs is gonna be my next device.

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p51d007 says:

Hope it works on the at&t networks, I might just get one. Does it still have the glass on the back?

yankeesusa says:

Maybe. But the xperia z was not. It will be interesting to see.

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Jabid21 says:

LOL. This is one rare case I'll be seeing someone poaching a phone from T-Mobile to run on AT&T. I usually buy off used AT&T devices and have them unlocked for T-Mobile. Especially since T-Mobile refarmed its bands for 3G/HSPA+ and launched LTE on AWS.

If you're like me and on AT&T (I know you're not, but I mean in general), the smart thing to do is buy T-Mobile branded phones, unlock them, and use them on AT&T. Less bloat, less restrictions, and more open to developers. I've got both the Moto X and Note 3 and both are T-Mobile phones being used on AT&T. If this one has the required bands, I'll be getting one and using it on AT&T as well. It also makes switching to T-Mobile a lot easier (once they get their network better in rural areas around here). I'll already have phones that will work on T-Mobile since they're T-Mobile branded.

yankeesusa says:

I loved my xperia z and my wife still has hers. Only reason I got rid of it was because I missed my Note 2 screen and easier custom roms. I hope bootloader is not locked. Easier for the developer community and more developing. It really looks nice and I love the new position for the headphone jack.

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dante501 says:

Locked bootloader was on t mobile USA version only. Didn't had one on the international version.

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jlczl says:

It probably won't see much development because of it's relatively limited release.

Amir47 says:

It's a Z1. I'm sure Roms can easily be ported to it.

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nbell978 says:

I don't care for the new notification light on the s. The original is much better in that regard as well, in my opinion. I'll stick with my unlocked Z1. I can live without LTE :)

dante501 says:

I am almost thinking about getting one again. I didn't keep mine since it was the lte international version that was only look limited capable on getting 3g+ in att or t mobile so I sold it before moving to the USA. I miss the Xperia z a lot.

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nbell978 says:

Stupid double post

zackmack7 says:

Great looking phone! I have never played around with Sony's android UI. This will be interesting to see hands-on

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Amir47 says:

What bands does it have?

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Mobius360 says:

That's a nice phone. Wonder why they changed the few little things from the Z1.

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Gouk says:

Love my Z1

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The Z is still good to me, might go for the Z2 whenever that comes out

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DJCBS says:

Question: does this work in Europe? I'm not concerned with LTE, but on European's 3G networks?

Seeing it's a T-Mobile phone (hence, belonging to Deutsche Telekom) I would assume so but I would like someone with T-Mobile US to confirm this, please. Before I get a friend to bring me a phone that then doesn't work =P

The Z1S is it the same size as of the Z1 ????

mxmarcus says:

Does it have Qi wireless charging capability?

I have an S2 and was waiting for the S5. I have T-Mobile and PS3. This may be the phone for me. Nice job Sony.

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skinja99 says:

Sony has the worst naming scheme for these phones
"Xperia Z1s"

It is like they are trying to get people to NOT buy them.

I follow phones and I can't even keep the Xperias straight. I doubt any regular consumer can either.

They should just call them the "Sony sPhone"

darigaaz12 says:

so if this gets water damage (like some water proof phones do) how does sony/tmobile handle the process? big insurance deductible?

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