Newly Leaked Image Points To Sony Xperia Z1 Heading To T-Mobile

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While it has appeared there might be a lull in T-Mobile smartphone launches, a newly leaked image provided by @evleaks indicates the Sony Xperia Z1 is headed for T-Mobile. The image, complete with T-Mobile branding shows a 20.7 megapixel camera and the rear-portion of the device along with it. As for the specs, the Z1 is no slouch with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, 5″ 1920×1080 display, 3000mAh battery and is 29% heavier than the now available Xperia Z. Other highlights include the very same waterproof capabilities as its predecessor and a camera sensor that rivals point and shoot cameras. It’s clear that Sony and T-Mobile have gone from “it’s complicated” to “in a relationship” and that provides all support we need to recognize T-Mobile will follow-up with a device thought to fix many of the Xperia Z shortcomings.

The only questions we have to ask now are: when and how much?

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  • sushimane

    Im excited but wonder how much this would cost? Im first commenter heck yeah!!!!

  • thepanttherlady

    Excited to see this come to Magenta!

    • David Lebron

      I kinda wish I would’ve waited but I didn’t think TMO would get it so soon. I LOVE the WiFi calling feature on T-Mobile but I’m surviving with Google Voice

    • Stone Cold

      Can’t wait for this.

  • Impatient Waiter

    YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! most underrated phone.

  • Z1addict

    I’m so freakin excited I won’t be able to sleep tonight. Questions after questions on blog comments about when this phone will release in the U.S. and now finally I get an answer!!! I’m going to be one of the first in America to get my hand on this phone.

    • thepanttherlady

      Using it now and love it. So much better than the XZ!

      • coleman

        Have you ever own the HTC One if so how does it compare?

        • thepanttherlady

          No, I haven’t. I stopped buying HTC when they stopped adding expandable memory.

        • Really? I dont even begin to understand. With the cloud, wi-fi, unlimited data, how much more than 32GBs do you need?

        • thepanttherlady

          It’s not a matter of need, but rather preference. I will not use the cloud. And the phone is only 16GB.

        • So, you wont use the cloud and you use Android? I give up.

        • thepanttherlady

          You shouldn’t be so bothered by the way I choose to spend my money or store my information. That’s the great thing about Android. There is something for everyone. :)

        • David Lebron

          I owned the HTC One and currently own the Xperia Z1 – Xperia Z1 = better camera, processor, build (yes build), and smoother OS. The waterproof thing helps too lol. The only thing better on the One is screen quality (barely) and the boomsound.

      • Z1addict

        Are you using it in the U.S.? How is it better than the Z1?

        • thepanttherlady

          Purchased from the UK, using it in SoCal. And my previous comment said this is better than the XZ. :)

        • Z1addict

          Sorry I meant how is it better than the xperia z?

        • thepanttherlady

          Magnetic charging option (USB is still there too)
          Larger speaker on bottom instead of the smaller one on the right bottom corner of the XZ
          Better screen
          No port cover for headphone jack
          Dedicated camera button
          Faster and smoother

          To name a few things. :)

        • Chris

          There’s also a magnetic charging option for XZ.

          When XZ is updated to 4.2 or 4.3, then it’ll be just as smooth as XZ1 in my opinion.

        • thepanttherlady

          Awesome! Then we’re both happy with our phones. :)

        • SocalTeknique

          SoCal, high five!

        • Sean Walsh

          I have the ZL as well as the XZ. They are pretty much the same phone except the ZL has LTE un like the XZ(Unlocked) the ZL is not water or dust proof, but does have a IR remote. The ZL is a little shorter than the XZ but has the same screen size. It is a little thicker, & has a rounded backside. I use the ZL more than the XZ because it is easy to hold. 1 other thing, the speak it not on the bottme right corner, but by the camera lens. it is a little louder. I cant wait to really play with the Z1, although I have seen a few. I havent had a chance to play with one yet. Not sure if I will get the unlocked or the T-mo version.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    If its water resistant im sold !!!

    • thepanttherlady

      IP55 and IP58

    • SocalTeknique

      It is. Hopefully the little flaps that cover the ports stay in place better than my on Xperia ZR.

  • darescheerall

    Thats one nasty phone! But at bit late for me. I have GS4 so im good for 2 years

    • ImSoDallasTexas!!!

      Yes im happy T-Mobile is jumping out there, can’t wait till we get that Exclusive Phone that makes other carriers bow down!!!

  • Paul

    OMG, it looks like an iPhone…LAWSUIT!

    • Chris

      Uh, it looks like Xperia Z.

      • David Lebron

        Looks can be deceiving

    • Apple is too afraid to sue Sony. They know there won’t be a light at the end of the tunnel if they do.

      • Ha, man Apple could buy Sony a dozen times over…I seriously doubt a lawsuit scares them.

        • superg05

          think again bob Sony doesn’t just do hardware tvs,etc.. and software and gaming there huge in music they can make music and multimedia contracts disappear from the the apple appstore

        • Sean Walsh

          Correct!!!! Sony controls over 85% of the Music & Movies on iTunes. Apple could not sell as many iPhones without Sony interest in iTunes. Also, Sony owns the rights to the camera lens on the Iphone/Ipad. can you imagine what would happent if Sony said Apple couldnt use it. It would be a bad business move for both sides if Sony cancelled all agreements with Apple, but Sony would still be around.

        • ImSoDallasTexas!!!

          David are you serious???? Sony is the King of everything, their phones aren’t that hot, but they have appliances, TVs, and etc…. I doubt Apple can compete with them on such level…

        • SocalTeknique

          True, I have 7 Sony devices at home including my car’s sound system and ZERO Apple devices (yet). That’s saying something. I just can’t deal with Apple’s proprietary ways. Macs are fine though

        • On a strictly business level, Apple is the far more attractive company. The iPhone unit alone grosses far more than Sony’s entire lineup per year. That doesn’t mean Sony doesn’t make good products, but let’s not kid ourselves, there are few companies Apple fears these days.

        • KenC17

          I seriously doubt a lawsuit would not scare Apple. Their whole iPhone 4/5 line is made from Sony’s design, so yeah…unless Apple wants all their current products to be stopped from sale, they can’t do anything to Sony.

        • Sean Walsh

          Actually if you
          take all of the stocks Sony has, as well as the wealth of patents Sony owns. Sony is a bigger company. It’s
          just broken down into different entities for stock reasons. There are a few
          companies that are majorly owned by Sony, but don’t carry the Sony name.

  • raymondramirez06

    Not even interested in Sony phones anymore. I bought my Xperia Z in August from T-Mobile and they won’t even let us unlock the bootloaders. Until they actually let that happen I won’t be getting anymore of their phones. Now I have to wait till at least February to change phones with my JUMP upgrade.

    • Chris

      Just because of a bootloader?

      • kalel33

        If you can’t unlock the bootloader then you can’t install other ROMs, which allows you to be updated on Android long past when the manufacturer stops updating, which with Sony isn’t that long.

        • mingkee

          You probably have to buy unlocked version right from Sony in order to have unlocked bootloader.

        • Chris

          You can’t install AOSP based ROM yes, but you can install custom ROMs based on Sony’s Stock Kernel.

        • kalel33

          But then that kind of defeats the purpose, to an extent. When Sony stops updating the phone then the custom ROMS stop getting the newer Android versions too. My old Mytouch 4G is running Jellybean and would still be on Gingerbread if it couldn’t use AOSP ROMs. Sony’s track record on updating their phones isn’t stellar in the least.

    • DoubleLung81

      You can install any custom rom as long as it says for LB(locked bootloader)! I have been running 4.3 since August.

  • JP

    Looks like a typo – “1920×180 display” > “1920×1080 display”

  • kev2684

    Oh. Em. GEE.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    If this releases on Tmo US, I am selling my GS4 or trading it depending on the price of course.

  • Forget how much, just when!!

  • SkywalkerJedi

    I’ve been targeting this phone since news came out. I didnt buy Note 3, dont like the form factor. I’ll take this over Note 3. My gift for me this Christmas.

  • Sony Z is horrible, and this phone will be no exception.

    • Derrick Daniel III

      Do you own the Xperia z? These are very strong feelings about a phone.

      • I don’t comment on things I don’t have. Look me up on YouTube, mrjlwilliams, and you see all of my devices. It’s just a good looking device, that can do okay in water. But that’s where it stops.

        • guytechie

          I saw your video, but all you say is that the Z sucked with no details as to why. It was not a review. Not even a short one. Can you explain what you said certain things sucked? Camera especially. And what you were doing to need to charge 4x a day

        • It was a review. Stop getting upset because I have an opinion on a phone you seem to love. And if you paid attention, you would have clearly known from the jump I said it would be short. There ya happy? You People Are So Funny At times, Getting Upset With people Because They Comment On a device you own, and it’s not perfect. Get over it.

        • Chris

          Lol just saw your vid, seriously the guy above was right, you just said it sucked. Most of stuff you said was “lacking”. Lacking in what? If most of the phone was great, as you said “design was almost perfect” , “web browsing was perfect”, etc. You said a lot of things was perfect except for camera. Which is true and sony has release patches for their camera software in 4.2.2. The fact that you said the phone is almost perfect, yet it sucked? Make up your damn mind. Lol

        • LOL, ya consigned lol. You are so lost.

        • David Lebron

          He watches his own YouTube videos 300x a day to get more views – that’s why he charges his phones 4x a day

    • David Lebron

      Every phone sucks to iPhone fanbois lol.

      • lol, so I’m a fan boy to apple because of a picture? You guys are funny, lol. Stop hating because I’m able to do things you want to but can’t. On my galaxy note 3 by the way, so I guess I’m a Samsung fan boy too huh? Okay, that’s fine. Everyone dies, but not everyone lives. Step ya game up.

        • David Lebron

          If you call switching phones up “living” I feel bad for you lol….maybe you’re talking about your views on YouTube???? Yea, that’s living too…what a mental midget.

        • You still trying to come back? Gosh. Listen JR, it’s not about how many views you get, it’s about how big that direct deposit is from Google. You understand now? So, if you wanna come again…knock yourself out. On to the next.

        • David Lebron

          Yes, I understand – you’re a phony. What a joke

        • Keep hating, I like it. We need you around. Thanks for the support?

        • David Lebron

          Anytime. If someone needs an unprofessional and boring review, I’ll send em your way, champ. Keep up the good work? On to the next? That’s what cool wannabe reviewers say, right??? Lol

        • Again. Thanks for the hate mail, lol. You’re not getting paid though. So send them my way, hater lol. You know you look and sound silly right? More and more you are making yourself look silly and that you are a hater. I can go on and on, nothing better to do but play with my online children lol. Come on boy, come to daddy..come on. You can do it, lol. You Gonna Walk For Daddy now? Come on…

        • David Lebron

          You mad bro? Lol that’s a long reply for a hater. Take some of that “money” and have that nasty wart removed lol sincerely – your hater

  • ex_nokia_exec

    Damm this is one phone that will make me rethink my htc one. looks nice

    • ChristianMcC

      Have you flashed the Google edition ROM to your One?

  • mingkee

    I may go for ZU instead of Z1 if I didn’t get Note 3 for larger screen size for my aged eyes. The only thing stopped me is unremovable battery. Nevertheless, Snapdragon 800 based phones have much, much, much better power efficency.
    I used to replace battery once with Note 2, but Note 3 is better, so I am sure Z1 shall do well on battery.

    • David Lebron

      It’s pretty much as good as the Note 2 was on battery (which is amazing!) my Z1 lasts me a day and a half

  • mondragon1085

    Honestly.. what you guys think… I already have note 3… and still in my 30 day period.!! Should I return and get xperia z1?!?!?!?! What you guys think????

    • David Lebron

      The Z1 is amazing and in my opinion better than the note 3 – but there’s no telling when TMO will get the Z1 and you could do a whole lot worse than a note 3 lol – it’s one of the best phones on the market. If you have jump! Then you can upgrade in 6 months :)

      Side note, it’s a 14 day period, not 30.

      • Guest

        Unless you live in California…

      • mondragon1085

        Yup.. I live in cali.. 30 days for me

        • David Lebron

          Cali gets all the good stuff lol

    • You shouldn’t be asking people opinions on something that is all personal preference. I PERSONALLY would stick with the note 3.

    • NinoBr0wn

      I never would have gotten the Note in the first place, so I don’t suppose that helps. If the new Nexus wasn’t coming out, the Z1 would be on my short list though.

  • kliu0x52

    20MP? Are you kidding me?! That is going to be one stupidly bad camera. If they want market cameras by a number, how about pixel size instead of pixel count? Bah.

    • Chris

      And why is it bad? The pictures are actually coming off great.

      • kliu0x52

        Um, because pixel size is the most important factor in sensor quality, not pixel count. You lose dynamic range and you lose sensitivity. There is no point in making something 20MP if it’s physically impossible (as in laws of physics impossible) to resolve detail at a pixel that small. If you want more pixels, you must have a larger sensor or else you’ll sacrifice image quality. A larger sensor requires greater distance between the sensor and the optical elements. This is why the Lumia has a large camera bulge. 20MP in a small sensor is just stupid.

        Canon’s cheapest compact camera, with a MSRP of $100, has a 16MP sensor that’s 0.43″ diagonally. Its high-end enthusiast compact, with a MSRP of $450, has a larger sensor that’s 0.59″ diagonal and yet has only 12MP. If megapixels were so important, why would Canon put fewer of them in their top-of-the-line camera that costs 4.5x as much?

        And no, the pictures from the Xperia don’t look that great. Did you see the high amount of software noise reduction (and therefore detail reduction) in the low-light imagery? And the blown highlights resulting from poor dynamic range?

        • kalel33

          Pixel size is nowhere close to the most important thing in a camera. It’s not even a subject even talked about anymore on photography websites. I’ve been shooting DSLRs for years and the pixel density has increased but the quality has actually increased, especially in low light. The myth you are speaking about had to do with densely packed pixels created more noise in higher ISO shots, which is counter to the industry of the last 4 years and the dynamic range has stayed the same. Pixel density has increased and sensors have been able to take photos with lower noise in high ISO settings.

    • kalel33

      Pixel size matters if the tech of the sensors are the same but sensors have gotten better and pixel density isn’t as big as it once was. The current 16MP DSLRs do better with low light than the old 10MP cameras did, even though the sensor size is the same.

      • kliu0x52

        I’ll clarify: For small-sensor devices like smartphones, pixel size is the most important thing. I also shoot a DSLR, and I’ve sent a lot on lenses because, as you’ll probably agree, the glass is the most important determinant of image quality there. Bigger pixels are better, but beyond a certain point (when you’re talking about DSLR-sized pixels), you stop improving. But we’re not talking about DSLR-sized pixels: We’re talking small-sensor pixels, and there, pixel sizes are so constrained that it is the major bottleneck of quality.

        • kalel33

          I agree whole heartedly on the glass being the most important part, which most casual DSLR shooters never understand. They blow most of their money on the most expensive body they can afford and then only use bottom level consumer lens.

          I’ll agree partially on the small sensors. The Nokia Lumia 1020 with the 41MP camera seems to hold it’s own in low light and dynamic range, when compared to other camera phones.

    • PiCASSiMO
    • eanfoso

      Please, the Nokia lumia 1020 already delivers 41 Mega Pixels and it’s a better camera than this Sony, according to reviews and photo shootouts

  • Hamster

    That’s great and all… but how about the mini version that just got announced in Japan?

  • KPF

    I want the Xperia Z1 F (Mini). There are no good small android phones :(

  • mofayss

    I have the z for coupe months and absolutely love the waterproof functionality, being able to answer calls and texts in shower is so convenient. Or never worry about it getting dirty because you can just wash it off afterwards.

  • jbrizzy

    I don’t know whether to get this or the LG G2

    • seann

      Definitely get this. G2 has no SD slot. This will have a way better display, better graphics processor, better camera and Sony Xperia Privilege.

  • DoDaDum

    Now this gets talked about, aren’t we a bit late in to the game?!?!?! Already been enjoying mine since last month.

    • thepanttherlady

      Took them 6 months to get the XZ to the US so talks of it here are much earlier than the last one.

    • NinoBr0wn

      A whole entire month huh?

  • Bklynman

    OK,this phone is only waterproof, it is not rugged phone,yes? It’s not shockproof etc.

    • thepanttherlady

      Tempered glass front and back.

      • Stone Cold

        Loving this news

      • Bklynman

        Thanks Lady. You are always helpful.

    • Shocktopface

      Water resistant moron

      • Bklynman

        Is your face shock proof jackass?Did your parents throw out the baby when u were born and kept the afterbirth ?

      • kevin

        the z1 is actually water proof, the z is water resistent so check your facts before u going around calling someone a moron

      • seann

        The Z1 can take underwater photos. I’d say that’s water proof. And My Z has taken quite the beating and it still almost mint. Perfect phone.

  • T-Money

    Our Sony rep said it should launch in January to be geared for a lot of Jump upgrades from those who signed up at Jump launch.

  • Chris

    i luv my xperia z but just might have to use my jump


    My guess is that the Z1 will be priced about $600 when launched compared to the $300 / $400 for the Nexus 5 (16GB / 32 GB). It will be difficult to justify $200 extra on the Z1.

    • NinoBr0wn

      I’m getting the Nexus myself, but those are 2 different markets.

    • Laststop311

      should be 299.99/349.99 16/32

    • Seann

      Z1 = better screen. SD Slot. WAY better camera. Water proof and dust resistance. Underwater photos and videos. Xperia Privilege (Sony has given me about 9 free movies including new releases just for owning an Xperia) The Z1 looks and feels like a premium phone should. Definitely a lot better choice than a Nexus.

  • Laststop311

    Finally T-Mobile turned on LTE in my area. Tho the dc-hspa+ wasnt rly that bad to begin with. I’m still pretty happy with the note 2 but if I can get a nexus 5 32gb for 349.99 and not have to increase my monthly bill I may go that route. Guess I’ll just wait and see how the nexus 5 reviews fare.

    I gotta say I love t-mobile and their no contract flexibility with phones. So many options. Can finance them for cheap up front and stretch the payments 2 years like a normal contract. Can get the cheap up front pay the jump monthly fee and upgrade every 6 months. Can pay for it all upfront upgrade anytime u want and have lower monthly bill. Can get it cheap up front and pay it off anytime down the line and upgrade again. No carriers offer this much flexibility its a huge boon to us subscribers.

  • Darkcloud1983

    About freaking time man I need this phone like months ago just pre ordered my smart watch 2 and QX100 from this is the best news. I’m so tired of galaxy man