Sony to sell waterproof phone with 21 megapixel camera through T-Mobile
Sony Corp. said the new Xperia Z1s can be submerged as much as 4.5 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, compared with just 3 feet for last summer's Xperia Z. The Z was water resistant rather than waterproof.
Another limitation with the Z was an inability to snap shots underwater. It was possible to start a video and jump in a pool, but the touch-screen controls made it impossible to take photos or start video when wet. The Z1s has a physical button that can trigger underwater shots.
Meanwhile, the resolution of the camera has increased to 20.7 megapixels, from 13 megapixels in the Z.
— Snap 61 shots in two seconds. You then pick the ones with the right smiles and expressions.
The phone will cost $528 through T-Mobile, paid through 24 monthly installments of $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'.