Just like its predecessor, the Xperia Z1 is making a late arrival on T-Mobile. So far, neither has the carrier nor the conglomerate confirmed the smartphone’s upcoming launch stateside, but numerous rumors suggest that day isn’t far off.
Sony has already put the Z1 up for grabs through its online store in the US, albeit only with HSPA+ support. T-Mobile could exclusively carry the LTE model and thanks to a recent sighting of the device on Bluetooth SIG, there’s even more credence that the device is destined for the magenta carrier. The handset will go by the model number C6916. Where features are concerned, this variant isn’t going to be any different from the international one. However, we fear it could have a permanently locked bootloader.
The Xperia Z1 is essentially the Z handset with various refinements and beefier hardware. The overall design looks the same, but with slight modifications. The new flagship, however, is slightly thicker at 8.5mm and it weighs more as well, at 179 grams. The noteworthy additions here are a Snapdragon 800 processor, a Triluminos display with X-Reality spanning 5 inches wide and a 20.7MP G Lens camera on the rear.
The handset runs on Android 4.2 and an update to version 4.3 is expected soon. The Z1 features 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSDXC card slot and a 3000mAh battery. You also get a water- and dust-resistant form factor that meets IPX5 and IPX8 standards.
Apart from the unlocked Xperia Z1 HSPA+, you can also get the Z Ultra HSPA+ and LTE versions for $649.99 and $679.99, respectively, through Sony’s online store. Even the SmartWatch 2 is up for grabs at $199.99.