Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Z1S Smartphones Bow at CES
Sony expands and shrinks its phones, all at the same time.
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Sony took its flagship Xperia Z1 phone to the chopping block at CES 2014. Don't worry, Sony fanboys... it's not being discontinued. Instead, Sony's given its pride and joy a hefty trim, giving birth to the new Z1 Compact—the smallest phone the electronics giant has on offer.
The Z1 Compact is available in four colors—white, black, screaming lime (not its official name), and pink. The multi-hued lineup immediately summons thoughts of recent offerings from Nokia, Motorola, and Apple.
The phone is packed with the same internals as the bigger, bulkier Z1. It's an LTE device with a fast Snapdragon 800 processor, a water resistant design, and—miraculously—the same 2300mAh battery as the original Z1. It does have one upgrade over its bigger sibling, though: an IPS screen.
Price, availability, and carrier partnerships for the Xperia Z1 Compact were not announced at the event.
Extending its reach in the U.S. market, Sony also announced the Xperia Z1S, available exclusively on T-Mobile's network. Packing 32GB of internal storage, a Z1S-exclusive background defocus camera app, and all the other requisite bells and whistles, it's a minor spec bump overall.
The Z1S will be available online from January 13th, and in T-Mobile stores on the 22nd.