Zee Media Bureau
New York: Expanding its series of waterproof smartphones, Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z1s that can be submerged into water for up to 4.5 feet and for 30 minutes with no effects. The smartphone also comes with 21MP camera.
The 4.5 feet underwater waterproof is an improvement from the 3 feet that Xperia Z could resist. In other words, the Xperia Z was just a water resistant smartphone and not a waterproof smartphone as the Xperia Z1s is.
The Sony Xperia Z1s is an improvement from Xperia Z in terms of camera as it poses 20MP compared to Z's 13MP. Moveover, the Z1s has a physical button that can trigger underwater shots. This facility was not available in the Xperia Z where it was not possible to take photos or videos when it was wet.
Ravi Nookala, president of Sony Mobile Communications' US division, said the phone is ideal for "active users who take a lot of pictures and who go outside to the pool or in the rain."
The new phone is also packed with a variety of camera-related apps that let you:
* Get more information by taking a photo of a book, wine bottle or a landmark such as the Eiffel Tower.
* Snap 61 shots in two seconds. You then pick the ones with the right smiles and expressions.
* Broadcast video of weddings and other events in real time. Links are shared through Facebook.
With a companion app for Sony's PlayStation game console, players will be able to buy new games for automatic download and watch footage of their friends' game play.
The Z1s is based on Sony's Xperia Z1 phone, whose distribution has been largely limited to overseas markets. Both models along with last summer's Z have screens measuring 5-inch diagonally.
The phone will cost USD 528 through T-Mobile, paid through 24 monthly installments of USD 22. It's a departure from a recent trend of making phones available through multiple carriers. Online orders will begin on Jan. 13, with availability in stores to start on Jan. 22.
T-Mobile's senior vice president for marketing, Jason Young, said the PlayStation companion app will appeal to T-Mobile's customer base, which he said is younger than rivals'.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 10:57