The one thing we like most about CES (and many of the other trade shows) is that we can leave rumors behind and focus on real products. In Sony’s case, the rumored Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have now transformed into actual products which will be made available globally later in Q1. As expected, Sony’s official announcement of the two Andriod phones matched up pretty closely to all the rumors we’ve been hearing over the past month or two.
Specs of the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL are identical. Both devices are powered by quad-core a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080×1920 pixels display, 13 MP camera sensor, 2,400 mAh battery, NFC and LTE connectivity. While the spec sheets are identical, the build of the two devices is significantly different. The Xperia Z features a carbon fiber skeletal frame (their words, not ours), a tempered glass back panel and it is water and dust resistant. The Xperia ZL on the other hand is covered in a rubbery plastic and has a dedicated camera button. Sony is also claiming that the Xperia ZL has the highest screen to size ration than any other phone on the market.
As we mentioned before, Sony plans on releasing both devices globally in Q1 of 2013. There’s no indication that either device is scheduled for a U.S. launch, but we’ll venture to guess that Sony and AT&T will have some variant of the two launch as an exclusive in the next few months.