Sony Xperia ZL officially priced in the U.S.

The Sony Xperia ZL has been listed for pre-order at Sony's U.S. store for some time, but today brings the first official word on pricing for the North American Sony flagship. According to Sony's store listing page, two models will be offered. The first, C6502, will come with pentaband HSPA+ connectivity, whereas the more expensive C6506 will pack those same radios in addition to LTE on Bands 2, 4, 5 and 17. That should get you up and running on AT&T's LTE, as well as T-Mobile's when it launches -- along with a bunch of Canadian carriers.

Unfortunately neither model will be cheap -- the HSPA+ version will sell for $720, while its LTE-capable sibling will cost a whopping $760. Nevertheless, with no carrier deals in sight, it appears this is the only way you'll be able to get your hands on an Xperia ZL in the U.S.

On the hardware side, the Xperia ZL mirrors its international cousin the Xperia Z. Inside there's a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display, as well as Sony's new 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera. However the ZL trades water resistance and an all-glass design for a smaller footprint, a more ergonomic fit and a physical camera button. For more on the Euro-centric Xperia Z, be sure to check out our full review.

[Source: AndroidCentral]

CES 2013: Sony Xperia ZL Introduced with 5-inch 1080p Display

Sony just announced the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL. The two phones are very similar from what we can tell so far. The Xperia ZL sports the same 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as the Xperia Z, as well as a 1920 x 1080p 5-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE support and a 13-megapixel camera.

Unlike the Xperia Z, however, the ZL doesn’t appear to be water resistent. The two looked nearly identical in our brief look at both of them, so we’re guessing there isn’t much of a difference on the surface. The Xperia ZL is due out during the first quarter of this year.

[Source: TechnoBuffalo]