LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") today debuts its new U.S. flagship Android™ smartphone, the waterproof1 Xperia Z1s. Building on the success of Xperia Z, the new Xperia Z1s will be available as an exclusive to T-Mobile. Beginning today, consumers can pre-register to be the first to buy the device, with an online pre-sale kicking off January 13 and nationwide availability in participating T-Mobile stores and online starting January 22.
The latest addition to the 'Z series' is a slim yet durable smartphone, crafted with premium materials to withstand life's surprises. Xperia Z1s has an IP58 rating, making the device Sony's first waterproof flagship smartphone in the U.S. With a 20.7 megapixel camera, BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine, and Sony G Lens as well as a 5-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display and X-Reality for mobile2, Xperia Z1s is a stunning, premium waterproof smartphone bringing together the best of Sony's expertise across camera imaging, display and entertainment.
"As a waterproof smartphone complete with the best of Sony's technology, Xperia Z1s breaks the mold of not only what you can do with a smartphone, but where you can take it," said Ravi Nookala, President, Sony Mobile Communications U.S. "Building on the momentum of the successful partnership for the launch of Xperia Z, T-Mobile's shared vision of delivering an uncompromised mobile experience makes them the perfect exclusive partner to bring Xperia Z1s to the U.S."
Beginning January 13, T-Mobile customers can purchase Xperia Z1s online at www.T-Mobile.com for $0 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $223 with the Simple Choice Plan. As a special pre-sale promotion, Sony Mobile is providing customers with a $100 VISA gift card with purchase of a Sony Xperia Z1s and a Sony PlayStation® 4 ("PS4") for a limited time from Jan. 13 – 21.4 Additionally, every Xperia Z1s comes with a unique entertainment offer. You get six great movies to download from Video Unlimited including Sony Pictures' critically acclaimed Captain Phillips on the day of its digital release, 10 preselected PlayStation® Mobile games, and a 60-day free trial of Music Unlimited.
"We are excited to extend T-Mobile's partnership with Sony and to build on our success with the Xperia Z," said Jason Young, Senior Vice President of Marketing of T-Mobile. "At T-Mobile, people can get unlimited talk, text and data with no annual service contract, nationwide 4G LTE coverage, unlimited data and texting in over 100+ countries and upgrades when they want. Now, with the exclusive addition of the Xperia Z1s people have yet another great reason to come to T-Mobile."
The world's best camera in a waterproof smartphone1
Whether it's braving the rain to get front row shots of your favorite band or taking the "selfie" to a whole new underwater level, Xperia Z1s makes fear of using your phone around water a thing of the past. Further developing the water-resistant capabilities of Xperia Z, the Xperia Z1s can be completely submerged in freshwater up to 4.9 feet for 30 minutes, making it waterproof1 (as per IP58 rating) and with its physical camera key, you can even use the device to shoot photos and videos underwater. It also incorporates wet finger tracking technology, to ensure the phone works perfectly when either the screen or your fingers are wet.
Whether above or below water, Xperia Z1ˢ leverages Sony's best digital imaging technology to capture compact digital camera quality 20.7 MP photos and Full HD videos. For the first time in a U.S. flagship smartphone, Sony has added its BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine – the 'brain' of the camera, which together with the sensor, produces images with less noise or blurring, better auto-focus and white balance, and clear image 3x zoom. Sony's camera expertise also extends to the lens, with Sony's award-winning G Lens (F2.0), which incorporates the brand's unique optical design technology and quality control.
More than just photos and video
Innovating on what's expected of smartphone camera capabilities and overall experience, the Xperia Z1s comes preloaded with a unique suite of applications called Xperia Camera Apps. Making their debut on a U.S. flagship smartphone, these applications include Info-eye™, Timeshift burst, AR effects, Social live, and as an exclusive to Xperia Z1s, Background defocus.
Info-eye™: Perform a visual search that provides related information on items like wine, books, and landmarks, simply by capturing them with the camera
Timeshift burst: Capture 61 images within two seconds - a second before and after pressing the shutter - so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.
AR effect: Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations to create pictures with playful touch using the "SmartAR" augmented reality technology developed by Sony. The animations include dinosaurs, ocean-life and more.
Social live: Broadcast memories in the making to friends and family on Facebook™, live from your Xperia Z1ˢ. Moments such as your best friend's wedding to your child's very first recital, are not only shared while you record, but are also made interactive as you receive your friends' responses right on your screen to keep the conversation going in real-time.
Background defocus: Adjust the blur in the background for more artistic, professional-looking photos, once only achieved by using top of the line D-SLR cameras or specific lenses, with this exclusive camera app for your Xperia Z1ˢ.
A gamer's handheld companion
The Xperia Z1s brings an entertainment experience that only Sony can offer including free content as well as integration of Sony media apps with Sony entertainment services, including the new PlayStation®App for the connected gamer.
The PlayStation®App allows direct access to various PlayStation®Network features and information such as profiles, trophies, messages, notifications and game invitations, as well as news and blogs from the official PlayStation website. The app is also a companion app to the PS4™, allowing for a Second Screen feature in supported games, the use of the Xperia Z1ˢ as a remote control to the PS4, and the ability to watch friends' PS4 game play. Users can even purchase PlayStation®Store game content from the device and download it directly onto their PS4, PS3™ or PlayStation®Vita5 while on the go. Beyond the app, Xperia Z1ˢ supports the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller, bringing a console-like experience to PlayStation®Mobile games.
An immersive viewing experience
Xperia Z1ˢ features a 5-inch Full HD display incorporating Sony's intelligent TRILUMINOS Display technology powered by X-Reality for mobile picture engine2. The TRILUMINOS for mobile display creates a wide palette of rich natural colors reproducing 130% of the natural color gamut and contrast for an immersive viewing experience thanks to Sony's BRAVIA® expertise. Paired with Sony's intelligent display technology – X-Reality for mobile2, which analyzes each image to optimize resolution and sharpness – the display delivers an unmatched viewing experience.
Key features for Xperia Z1s
- Waterproof1, rated IP55/58
- Sony G Lens, 1/2.3" 20.7 MP Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor and BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine
- Preloaded Xperia camera apps including: Info-eye™, Timeshift burst, AR effect, Social live, and Background defocus
- 5-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with X-Reality™ for mobile2 picture engine
- PlayStation®App - Connect to your PS4™ system and PSN friends, use your smartphone as a second screen and manage your game downloads
- Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 quad-core 2.2 Ghz processor, 3000 mAh battery, 4G LTE
1 In compliance with IP57 and IP58, Xperia Z1s is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.5 meter (approximately 4.9 feet) of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58. The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP57 or IP58 classification range that may lead to your warranty will being void.
2 This is turned off by default and must be turned on in settings in order to experience.
3 If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. Total $528. 0% APR O.A.C. for well-qualified buyers
4 The Sony Mobile $100 Visa Gift Card offer is sponsored by Sony Mobile USA and redemption of the offer is provided through mail-in rebate. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older. Begins 1/13/14 at 9AM ET & ends 1/21/13 at 11:59PM ET. Void where prohibited. For official terms and conditions, visit www.sonymobile.com/xperiaz1s-exclusive-offers
5 Video contents cannot be purchased through PlayStation®App. A User must be a member of PlayStation®Plus to download content directly to a PS Vita system
Xperia Z1s specifications
Size: 5.74 x 2.91 x 0.34 inches
Weight: 5.71 ounces
2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core
Google™ Android™ 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
20.7 megapixel camera
8x digital zoom
HDR for photos and movies
Front-facing camera (2 MP 1080p)
HD video recording (1080p)
Send to web
Sony Exmor RS® for mobile image sensor
3D Surround Sound (VPT)
Bluetooth® stereo (A2DP)
Low power audio playback**
TrackID™ music recognition
Google Voice™ Search
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Pan & zoom
Web browser (WebKit™)
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Predictive text input
Text messaging (SMS)
IPX5 and IPX8 (waterproof)*
IP5X (dust resistant)
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Capacitive touch screen, multi-touch
Radio (FM radio with RDS)
Sony Entertainment Network
3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
ANT+ sport fitness
Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
Native USB tethering
Synchronization via Facebook™
Synchronization via Google™
Synchronization via SyncML™
USB High speed 2.0 support
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
16,777,216 color TFT HD
TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile
X-Reality for mobile
2 GB RAM
Up to 32 GB internal memory***
microSD™ card, up to 64 GB (SDXC supported)
LTE (Bands 4, 17)
UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
(Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Talk time GSM: Up to 15 hrs****
Standby time GSM: Up to 600 hrs****
Talk time UMTS: Up to 15 hrs****
Standby time UMTS: Up to 620 hrs****
Music listening time: Up to 40 hrs****
Video playback time: Up to 6.75 hrs****
Battery: 3000 mAh minimum
* In compliance with IP55 and IP58 standards, Xperia® Z1S is protected against the ingress of dust and water. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58. The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP58 classification range that may lead to your warranty being void. To find out more, go to more www.sonymobile.com/testresults.
**This feature is only available when you play music using the "WALKMAN" application.
*** Memory comprises approximately 7 GB of firmware, plus 25 GB of "Internal storage" for music, pictures and movies, and downloaded applications and their data.
****Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
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