All the rumors turned out to be legit… in part, as Sony finally took the stage in Las Vegas on Monday to reveal both a T-Mobile-restricted version of the flagship Z1 and diminutive model headed to “international” markets.
What most of the reports preceding CES 2014 got wrong were the names of these two fresh devices, which ended up being Xperia Z1s for the T-Mo-bound 5-incher and Z1 Compact for the 4.3-inch pistol munchkin the tech world salivated for ever since last fall.
Magenta, America’s fourth biggest wireless network and its leading “UnCarrier”, is apparently slated to get the Z1s as soon as January 22, with pre-registrations live now and pre-orders kicking off next Monday.
Pricing is relatively steep, however I think I speak for everyone when describing the 5-inch powerhouse as well worth $528 outright or $22 a month for two years.
After all, at least until Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and LG’s G3 break cover, which may take a few more months, this beast here remains the overall Android top dog, what with its quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Full HD Triluminos Display, 20.7 MP rear-facing camera, 3,000 mAh battery and pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
And let’s not forget IP58 certification for dust protection and water resilience up to 5 feet and 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, the intro of the smaller Xperia Z1 Compact can well be considered the biggest story of today, simply because it started looking like it would never happen. But it did, and boy is this the textbook definition of an “uncompromising” mini flagship.
Just like the Japanese Xperia Z1 f, the Compact shrinks the square footage of the Z1, also slightly lowers the resolution ante and condenses the battery size. But everything else stays the same. Meaning you get an identically explosive 2.2 GHz S800 chip, 2 GB RAM, top-notch 20.7 MP shooter, Android 4.3, 4G LTE speeds and water shield.
Besides, as the panel now measures 4.3 inches, the 1,280 x 720 pixel count will still result in outstanding ppi (342, to be exact), whereas the 2,300 mAh battery is tipped to keep the lights on for roughly 18 hours in 3G talk time, so about as much if not more than the 5-inch Z1.
Expected out in Europe in mid-February and hopefully only a tad later stateside, the little flagship that could is to cost around EUR 500 in the former and $500 give or take in the latter. Quite the pretty penny, but again, it’s most definitely worth it. Isn’t it?