Sony has revealed a bold new flagship smartphone at CES 2014, the Sony Xperia Z1S Smartphone. This waterproof, photo-friendly sidearm features a svelte design, a crystal-clear 20.7MP digital camera, a 5-inch full HD display and a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm quad-core heartbeat within. It runs the Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, instantly one of the most powerful phones to feature Android’s latest OS. It’s an exclusive offering for T-Mobile customers, arriving soon throughout the United States.
What makes the Sony Xperia Z1S so special? You can find “slim and powerful” in every flagship offering from every mobile device maker currently on the market. Honestly, “slim and strong” is no longer special. Sony wanted to set the Xperia Z1s apart from the rest with its 20.7MP digital camera, taking cues from the professional level sensor technology Sony offers in its DSLR and mirrorless digital cameras. Sure, it may not be a numerical match to the 41MP Nokia Lumia 1020, but megapixels are not a clear indication of image quality. It isn’t the number of megapixels that makes a camera special, its the quality of the sensor and the physical space each pixel occupies. So the new Xperia Z1S serves to split the difference between the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the iPhones and Samsungs of the world with a high-resolution, high quality image sensor for mobile photography enthusiasts.
You’ll notice that Sony has included the size of its sensor in its marketing materials for the Sony Xperia Z1S. They mention the 1/2.3″ sensor that features those 20.7MP, which is going to come quite close to Sony’s best compact digital camera offering. In essence, when you’re buying an Xperia Z1S, you’re buying a high-end compact camera with the power of Android for processing. The only downside? Like the Lumia 1020, such a high megapixel count will produce very large images that will eat up your storage pretty quickly, so be prepared to regularly move or backup your photos on another device or the cloud.
The new Sony Xperia Z1S is another step toward the end of the compact digital camera, because everything one could want in a compact is available in this mobile device. It’s a sexy offering by Sony, and possibly the biggest smartphone news item of CES 2014. If you’re a T-mobile customer and a bit of a shutterbug, you’ll want to pay close attention to this one.