With the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1S, T-Mobile is trying to prove that it can go head-to-head with AT&T and Verizon by offering its own exclusive Android devices. The Sony Xperia Z1S comes equipped with a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 20.7 MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, NFC, up to 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot all wrapped up in a water proof glass and aluminum body with an IP58 rating.
The device itself has a premium feel with glass on the front and back. Unfortunately, all the glass means your phone will constantly be plastered in fingerprints. Like the Xperia Z1 Compact and the original Z1, the Xperia Z1S is blazing fast. I did not have the opportunity to install any benchmark applications to see how its scores stack up against the competition, but the phone was buttery smooth when switching between graphic heavy 3D games, capturing and playing back HD video and general navigation of Sony’s UI. The one disappointing aspect of the phone is the number of pre-installed apps. I counted five T-Mobile specific apps and another 10 non-standard Android apps.
The Sony Xperia Z1S isn’t going to win any prizes for design or performance, but it will be one of the most feature rich Android smartphones to launch on T-Mobile in a long while.