Aug 20 AT 11:05 AM Nick Gray 23 Comments

Sony Xperia SL announced – a refreshed Xperia S no one was asking for


If you we’ve been hoping for a refreshed Sony Xperia S with a more powerful processor that could compete with the Samsung galaxy S III and the HTC One X, you’re probably not going to be happy with the new Sony Xperia SL. We’re heard rumors about a refreshed Xperia S for some time, but we definitely were not expecting what Sony has delivered with the SL.

Specs on the Sony Xperia SL are par for the course, improving slightly with a slightly faster 1.7GHz Qualcomm S3 chip. We’re not sure why Sony didn’t equip the phone with an S4 chip, which is paired with a more powerful Adreno GPU. While Sony handset designs are always impressive, their choice of components has always been 6-12 months behind the curve. The display on the Xperia SL is the same 1280 x 720 TFT panel used on the original Xperia S and the handset has retained its iconic straight-edge design.

Sony has not released any details on pricing or when the Xperia SL will actually show up in stores. We’re not expecting this device to be a huge hit in Europe and we doubt any U.S. carrier has any plans to bring it to market.

Do you think Sony has veered off course in the smartphone race or are they simply prepping for a device which will actually compete directly with Samsung and HTC?

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Sony Xperia SL specifications

  • Processor: 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core
  • Display: 1280 x 720 scratch resistant TFT touchscreen
  • Size: 128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm
  • Weight: 144 g
  • Operating System: Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Camera: 12.1 megapixel camera with auto focus with 16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

Source: Sony

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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