Along with the Xperia Z1 Compact, Sony also announced a new variant of the current Xperia Z1 sold internationally. Called the Xperia Z1S, the new model is nearly identical and is available exclusively through T-Mobile for American customers.
One of the few changes in the model is the presence of 32GB onboard memory instead of 16GB on the international model. The new model continues to have the microSD card slot.
Another change is the presence of the Background Defocus app for the camera that, as you can guess, lets you defocus the background in photos for a shallower depth of field. The headphone jack on top has been moved to the center from the near the left side on T-Mobile's request.
Lastly, Xperia Z1S comes with a six movies to download from Video Unlimited, including Captain Phillips, on the day of its digital release, 10 handpicked PlayStation®Mobile games, and a 60-day free trial of Music Unlimited.
The Xperia Z1S will be available only in Black from T-Mobile's website from January 13 and from T-Mobile stores from January 22. It will be priced at $22 per month for a 24 month contract and if you purchase it along with the Sony PlayStation 4 you get a $100 rebate via Visa gift card.
South Africa? No. You want one of the Z1 models (likely the C6902) instead. The Z1S is created for the very unique 3G/4G bands used by T-Mobile USA, along with branding and operator lock.
Will this model be coming to South Africa ?
The front and back are glass. The frame is plastic rather than aluminum