Sony Z and ZL

We’re coming into the start of 2013 and the lead-up to one of the biggest technology events of the year: CES 2013. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is no doubt going to be filled with hopes and dreams, but whether or not they’ll turn into real devices is questionable. These two devices — seen above — from Sony, dubbed the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, are expected to be real devices at the show.

Both of these slab phones feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, which is clearly the benchmark for high-end displays now, unless HTC can pull off that 4.7-inch 1080p display. Other specs on both devices include 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPUs with 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 graphics, and 13MP Exmor RS cameras on the back.

The Xperia ZL (right) features a smaller bezel, repositioned front-camera — appears to be better for landscape orientation — and a LED notification light. It’s also likely to expect LTE in both of these devices. We’ll know for sure once Sony unveils them at CES next week.

Source: Engadget.
Via: The Verge.
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I have really enjoyed my Xperia Arc over the past couple of years, so IF Sony has caught up again with the cutting edge then I would definitely consider one of these. Got to try holding one first, though, I find the Galaxy Note to be too cumbersome although this narrower 5-inch form factor is more likely to be acceptable to me.
Got to see what gets announced at the MWC in February, though, Sony’s mobile phone flagships seem to be perenially behind the times these days.


Speaking of which, Samsung JB Touchwiz Multi-Window is not too shabby


Im leaning towards Sony for my next phone.

My friend got the xperia t and I was pretty impressed with it. Looked and felt nice and the skin didnt seem to bad. I would probably like to change that over. I dont know how they go for support of roms and such though (but really anything that isnt a GS3 has pretty poor support)

David Clarke

Serious contender for my GNex replacement, if only they can run Vanilla Android. Fingers crossed!

Sean Royce

I’m doubtful, but it’d be good.


Why would anyone bother with the Z over the ZL?

David Clarke


Sean Royce

Sony seem to have some pretty nice looking phones, does anyone have experience with them?? IE. Is the skin bloated?? I’ve heard they’re not to reliable on updates either.

Greg McPherson

Updates… that’s something that came up with the old X10 three years ago. It stayed on 1.6 far too long. They haven’t been forgiven since. Since then they’ve been mixed. Sometimes ahead of the curve, sometimes behind. They’ve been a bit slow getting to 4.0 and now 4.1 this year, but they have finally got there. 4.1 is just now starting to eke out for the Xperia T.

HTC and Sammy do it quicker, but Sony still gets there.

Their skin is fine. A few tweaks to give it their own look.

David Clarke

Yeah that’s what I like about it, the Sony skin dosen’t seem to over the top TBH. Can you comment more about what would like come preinstalled on a new Sony Android handset? Thanks!

Sean Royce

Thanks for the response, because the next phone I get, I’m going to be super picky. I know it sound bad, but I just can’t get over the fact that android is still slow and buggy at times. It’s quite frustrating and I hope Android 5.0 fixes it.