Sony announced two Android smartphones at CES, the Sony Xperia Z and the near-equivalent Sony Xperia ZL. After giving the Xperia Z a soaking simply minutes earlier than, there was an audible gasp from Sony staff when we tried to do the identical to the Xperia ZL as a result of this 5-inch smartphone will not be waterproof. The inclusion of infra-crimson makes that unimaginable, although in any other case the Xperia ZL should not be considered much of a step-down from its flagship sister.
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It is a few millimeters thicker, but what's instantly noticeable about the Xperia ZL is the sheer size of the display screen's real estate. As well as going nearly from edge to edge, it is shorter than the Xperia Z regardless of having exactly the identical display dimension, though it does have a mottled plastic panel on the rear that makes it look a touch less classy than the Xperia Z.
Back there is a centrally situated 13-megapixel camera that can bask in HDR for each photos and video; it appeared to produce properly exposed and properly contrasty ends in our demo regardless of some vibrant spotlights in the vicinity.
Sony claims that the ZL is essentially the most compact 5-inch smartphone around, however that's nearly the one thing that justifies its existence. Elsewhere it's similar to the Xperia Z, carrying a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor that itself makes a giant difference to the pace of navigation and provides massively to the telephone's appeal. For now it is an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean expertise that is solely subtly modified, with Sony app regulars like PlayStation Cell, Walkman and Shazam rival Monitor ID.
In addition to NFC, just like the Xperia Z the ZL has a 1920x1080 pixel screen, which boasts luscious colours though perhaps not the widest viewing angle in comparison with current vary-toppers. In contrast to the Xperia Z, the Xperia ZL has a crimson version, although we were solely in a position to see the black and white fashions in action.
Sadly there's been no confirmation whether this can be coming to the UK, however we are going to in fact maintain you up to date with any additional news.