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Canada Only Getting The Sony Xperia ZL

Possible sad news for all of you who were hoping to get your hands on the new Sony phones.  Apparently we’ll only be getting one of the two new smartphones from the Sony camp, the Sony Xperia ZL.  Now this phone is no slouch at all but it would have been nice to see both of them make their way to great white north.  Here’s the specs for the Xperia ZL:

  • 5″ 1080p Display
  • 1.5 GHz Quad-Core S4 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • 13MP Camera
  • 2370mAh Non-Removable Battery
  • Micro SD Slot
  • Android 4.1

On paper the two devices are very similar but there are some small differences.  First of all, the build material is different between the Z and ZL.  The Z definitely has a more premium look and feel whereas the ZL lacks that shine.  The ZL does have a smaller bezel which makes the overall footprint a little smaller.  It also features a dedicated shutter button, something we don’t see very often anymore.

While I’m still really excited for this device to launch, I would have preferred to see both devices launch here in Canada.  Speaking of the launch, the ZL is expected to be available sometime in Q1.

How do you guys feel about this choice by Sony?