Good news Sony fans. The Sony Xperia ZL (kind of) has a release date. According to a press release that was issued today, the phone should be available at the beginning of April. The other good news is that it will be available on a multitude of carriers: Rogers, Bell, MTS, Mobilicity, WIND, and Videotron. And in case you forgot the specs, here they are for you again:
- 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
There’s no pricing information available quite yet but I’m sure that will start to filter in in the coming month. How many of you are planning on picking up Sony’s new flagship device? And how many of you, like me, are still wishing that the Xperia Z will come out?
Check out the full press release below:
Easy and fast One-touch functions to wirelessly share music, photos and videos across devices
TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 /CNW/ – Sony Mobile Communications AB (“Sony Mobile”) today announced that the Xperia™ ZL will launch in Canada with multiple carriers including Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, Videotron and WIND Mobile, beginning in April 2013.
First introduced at CES 2013, the Xperia ZL packs the best of the Sony experience and features in a premium smartphone. It combines a razor sharp 5″ full HD 1080p Reality Display with an elegant and compact design. Intelligent camera features make taking high quality images easier than ever, and One-touch NFC functionality connects the Xperia ZL to a wide range of accessories with a simple tap.
“With the highest screen to phone size ratio available today, the Xperia ZL represents over half of a century worth of Sony innovation in TV, imaging, music, film, gaming and design.” said Peter Farmer, Vice President of MarketingNorth America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Loaded with Sony’s One-touch functions and media applications, the Xperia ZL will provide an unparalleled entertainment experience whether on-the-go or as a central device within the home.”
New Stand-out design
With subtly rounded edges and a curvature that fits naturally in the palm of your hand, Xperia ZL introduces a new OmniBalance design focused on creating balance and symmetry in all directions.
The power button, a signature design piece that gets its importance from the fact that the average user is likely to touch it an estimate of 76 times a day, exemplifies the premium build and craftsmanship that has gone into the Xperia ZL.
Intelligent Sony Technology
Xperia ZL’s Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, brings Sony’s long-standing TV expertise to the smartphone and delivers an immersive viewing experience with super brightness and clarity. Most smartphones available today have screen ratios of between 60 and 68 per cent. Xperia ZL has been precision engineered for an exceptional viewing experience, allowing the brilliant display—representing 75 per cent of the overall footprinti—to take centre stage.
It also shares capabilities with Sony digital cameras and features Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones. HDR technology enhances clear images against strong backlight, so users can capture razor sharp pictures and videos no matter the conditions.
Sony’s One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, headphones and now TVs. With the latest BRAVIA TV, simply touch the Xperia ZL to the remote control of the TV to instantly enjoy your photos and videos on the big screen. Or, touch Xperia ZL to an NFC enabled headset or speaker and begin listening to tracks instantly.
Xperia ZL also includes Battery STAMINA Mode that can improve the standby time by four times or moreii by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on.
Discover, enjoy and share entertainment with Sony’s media applications
Sony media applications offer a consistent entertainment experience across a range of Sony devices. Pre-loaded on Xperia ZL, the “WALKMAN”, Album and Movies apps, enable discovery of on-line and off-line content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The “WALKMAN” application provides access to all your downloaded music, a library of 18 million songs to explore from Music Unlimited and Facebook social integration. The Movies application gives consumers access to over 100,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited while the Album application enables easy access to Facebook friends’ photos as well as browsing photos by location.iii
Key features for Xperia ZL
- Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass design
- 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM
- 5″ 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
- 13MP Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video (1080p), Superior Auto and Noise Reduction to effortlessly capture razor sharp pictures and videos in any conditions
- Battery STAMINA mode improves standby time by at least 4 times
- Available in Black
- Xperia ZL will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
About Sony Mobile Communications
Sony Mobile Communications AB is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information:www.sonymobile.com
1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market. 3) Icons displayed are for illustrative purposes only. The homescreen may appear different in your product. Some features may not be available in your country or area.
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_______________________________________ iAs of January 2013, the Sony Xperia ZL smartphone offers the highest screen size to phone size ratio (75.84%) of any phone ever announced. This is based on analysis of the specs of 884 smartphones. Screen area is calculated based on display size and aspect ratio; device area is calculated as height multiplied by width.
iiBased on testing done with default settings, default accounts and applications for Skype™ and Twitter downloaded to the phone. The more applications installed, the bigger the effect of Battery STAMINA Mode.
iiiSony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region, please see www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com for more details.