Build differences, 32GB internal storage and TD-LTE support for Chinese variant

Sony's latest Android flagship, the Xperia Z1, has today landed on China's largest carrier, the state-owned China Mobile. The Chinese Z1 looks much the same as its international cousin — from a distance, at least — and sports a similar spec sheet to its global counterpart. There's a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch Triuminos 1080p display, 3000mAh battery and 20.7-megapixel rear camera. 

But there are some key differences to be found the China Mobile Xperia Z1, which carries the model number L39t. There's 32GB of built-in storage, versus 16GB on the global version. What's more, the frame around the outside of the device is reportedly plastic like the Xperia Z and Z Ultra, not metal as on the global Z1. The position of the headphone jack is more centralized, and the noise-canceling speaker is now found behind a small hole in the glass back. In fact, the Chinese model is a dead ringer for the alleged T-Mobile U.S. version that leaked out a couple of months back.

The new Xperia Z1 variant also supports TD-LTE bands used by China Mobile, as well as TD-SCDMA and GSM.

The Chinese Xperia Z1 is running software based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; presumably an update to 4.3 will follow at some point given that version's recent arrival on international Z1 devices. In any case, the new and slightly different Sony Xperia Z1 is slated launch on China Mobile for 4,499 yuan ($724) in black and purple flavors around the end of the month.

Source: XperiaBlog, ePrice

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jackinit says:

Woop dee doo. How about a US version?

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Alex Dobie says:

Already available with AT&T + Tmo bands, but only from Sony direct, off-contract.

Sean473 says:

It's the HSPA+ model. .. Has no LTE.

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Amir47 says:

Look for the North American LTE variant on ebay or amazon

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nokia4life says:

I checked there seems to be no north American variant that supports att lte bands.

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Amir47 says:

You checked wrong. You search for it on ebay

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K White1 says:

I'd love a purple one. Too bad US carriers don't offer it. I'll continue to admire the Xperia Z1 from afar, I guess.

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Jay Shank says:

i still love my Nexus 5 32GB

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