News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 07, 2014.
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Sony stuck to the script at CES, announcing a US follow-up to a smartphone that was already available. As a result, there's not much to write home about when it comes to the Sony Xperia Z1s, heading to T-Mobile later this year. We've already covered the the specs and release info of the Xperia Z1s, but here's a recap of the hardware of the device in case you never paid much attention to the Z1.
Surprise! It's still sexy! Sony doesn't rock the boat much when it comes to its design, and that's a good thing. The company has talented people who pay attention to build materials, button placement, and from an external viewpoint, there's not much to complain about when it comes to the Xperia Z1s. The phone follows the Omnibalance design strategy that tries to keep the view consistent from almost every angle, so the rectangular shape remains strong yet has nice subtle details to prevent it from being just another box. It's definitely big and slim, like the other Xperias that you've seen in the past 18 months, so count on stretching across that big 5-inch display to get to certain on-screen features.
Now, about that screen. Yes, it's going to be very bright, and for some people, it might be too bright. The TRILUMINOUS display is not trill because Sony spends a great deal of time tweaking the colors and white balance in order to get the settings to its liking, and some people feel it is too bright, almost washed out. I personally don't see that as a problem here. The display looks crisp and bright under the brighter lights of the CES expo hall, and I'm guessing it will be just as fine in your house and at your desk. I can't say how it will be outdoors at the moment, but we'll know soon enough since the phone launches next week (I'll have a full review of the device up by then). For now, here's a hands-on video showcasing the Z1S for T-Mobile.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.