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. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • uzunoff

    I can definitely use the 12 MP camera. As for the rest of the phone… nice, but not great.

    They need to start pumping out Jelly Bean phones for me to be interested

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

      They need to make a Nexus device :). They have the best camera, nice HD screen, beautiful design, and nice feel to their phones. They lack in software and hardware which Google chooses for the nexus.

    • c1liu

      for me, the difference between 8MP and 12MP on a phone isn’t much of a difference, or that important. i mainly take pictures to post on facebook or g+. the difference in MP doesn’t really show unless you plan to do largesize prints, which I doubt many people do with their phones. since the lens on a phone camera is pretty cheap, even if the phone has a 20MP camera on it, the picture will still never look as good as an 8MP dslr canon with a nice lens.

  • droilfade

    Lol…you gotta love the title!

    • jonathan3579

      But you also have to appreciate the truth of it as well.

      • droilfade

        Oh that I do, my friend. That I do.

  • h0ruza

    I think its wishful thinking putting compete and Sony in the same sentence.

    Surely selling phones in the US would be an indication they wanted to compete for anything.

    Sony baffles me

  • gloria

    no thanks, im rather waiting for the new iphone 5 (i have an iphone 4s)

    • R.S

      “I’m rather waiting for the new iPhone 5.”

      An announcement by “Gloria” that no one asked for, or cares about!

    • tom

      And why are you on this site for. You need a life.

      • Red

        Screw the iphone 5, I want the ipod touch 5.. xD

        ..As for on topic, even this xperia is better than my Samsung Galaxy Q…I cant even update to 2.3 or above on if someone gets one of these phones, at least yours is better than mine xD

  • JonJJon

    I honestly think that they should just forget this phone. Sony have a very competitive phone in the pipeline and it looks gorgeous; the Sony Xperia XT. The Xperia XT is the phone they should be trying to push out the door worldwide before the iPhone 5 etc as it has the great S4 chip, same great HD screen, 13.1MP HDR camera sensor, onscreen buttons and a great form factor. I want that phone. Better yet I want that phone as a Nexus device with the beauty of stock Jelly Bean on it.

  • MoSDeeb

    This is a nice refresh, but i think many people here would like to see a Sony Nexus device myself included.

  • Taylor

    Sony consistently chooses form over function, beauty over brains. It is a gorgeous piece of hardware, but like that snotty girl or guy in high school, hollow and ugly on the inside.

    • Silver

      Yet Sony is one of those rarer Android phone manufacturers who don’t mess with the Android system as much as the others and in a way, is move “vanilla” compared to HTC Sense, Samsung Touchwiz, and etc. Not only that, they have a good relationship with AOSP in which they do send and commit some of their own improvements to them.

      So… in other words the “hollow and ugly on the inside” is completely wrong when you use it with Sony. What you should say it that they tend to be behind in “fashion” compared to the other companies in terms of their software.

  • Mattj

    Actually to go against the crowd here this is just the phone I’m looking for. I’ve got the HTC One X at the moment and I hate the huge screen so the 4.3 on the xperia s is perfect and the camera is excellent too. I was going to trade my One X in for the Xperia S this week but I’ll wait for the SL

    • Nick Gray

      I do have to agree that a 4.3-inch display is a lot more appealing than 4.7 – at least for me. I love the size of the HTC One S, but I wish HTC had gone for an HD display versus the qHD panel those chose for the One S.

    • Jimmy_Jo

      I think if the SGS III was the same size as the Galaxy Nexus with the specs and screen quality (not size) it currently has it would be the ultimate phone. It’s the best phone on the market but it’s BIG. LOL But they’re trying to please as many people as possible with one product and people all think bigger/more is better, even though a 4.3 HD 720p 4.3-4.5″ screen is perfect. And the DUAL core S4 chip matches or outperforms Quad-Core Tegra’s in most day to day operations

    • h0ruza

      A 4.5 edge to edge would be my weakness. No buttons, 1280 display and a open bootloader as a good rom can sort out my Google experience.

      If any manufacturer created such a phone with design like Sony it would be a world beater.

      I relish the day.

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  • Hammad Siddiqui

    I actually like the phone – very powerful- I often use it as my office