Earlier tonight during its CES 2014 press conference, Sony took the wraps off of two new Xperia smartphones for the United States market. First off, the company introduced the Xperia Z1 Compact. Sony pointed out that this is no the “mini” version of its Xperia Z flagship, as it thinks that mini phones are just “watered down.” According to the company, this device has “no compromises.”
The Xperia Z1 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and features a 20MP rear facing camera. It’s also waterproof, just like its larger sibling. The only difference between the two devices -according to Sony- is the screen size. The Xperia Z1 Compact comes in at 4.3-inches, down from 5-inches. Of course, a difference Sony was not so quick to point out is the battery size, as it drops from 3,000mAh to 2,300mAh. There’s no word on price for this device and Sony expects to make it available in mid-February.
Next up, Sony introduced the Xperia Z1S. This device is set for release on January 22nd and will be exclusive to T-Mobile in the United States. The device will run $22/mo on Magenta or $528 outright. This device is essentially a flagship phone and includes all the bells and whistles you’d expect in one. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, has a 5-inch 1080p display, and a 20.7MP camera. The battery is also rather large, coming in at 3,000mAh.
The biggest upgrade with the Xperia Z1S over its predecessor is that it’s waterproof at a depth of four and a half feet for about 30 minutes.