Sony Xperia ZL coming to Canadian carriers “this Spring”

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Feb 142013
 

Sony Xperia ZLSony Mobile confirmed back at CES 2013 that the Xperia ZL would launch in Canada but gave no further details. It announced today that it will launch with a number of Canadian carriers this spring. Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, Videotron and WIND Mobile will all begin launching the device starting in April.

“With the highest screen to phone size ratio available today, the Xperia ZL represents over half of a century worth of Sony innovation in TV, imaging, music, film, gaming and design.” said Peter Farmer, Vice President of Marketing North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Loaded with Sony’s One-touch functions and media applications, the Xperia ZL will provide an unparalleled entertainment experience whether on-the-go or as a central device within the home.”

While the Xperia ZL will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Sony Mobile has already confirmed that an upgrade to 4.2 is in the works. There are no details as to when it will be released though.

The Sony Xperia ZL was unveiled at CES 2013 alongside the Xperia Z. There is no official word yet that Sony will launch the latter in Canada alongside the Xperia ZL.

Details such as pricing were not announced today. It is likely that individual carriers will announce these details when we get closer to the launch.

Both Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL coming to Canada (Updated)

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Jan 112013
 

Sony Mobile unveiled both the Sony Xperia Z and the slightly smaller Sony Xperia ZL earlier this week at CES 2013. Sony confirmed that the ZL, which was intended only for select markets, would be coming to Canada. Asked about the Xperia Z, Sony could make no such commitment for the Xperia Z:

Last night, Sharath Muddaiah, the Xperia Z’s Marketing Manager, gave Canadians eyeing the Xperia Z some good news. He confirmed came that both devices would in fact becoming to Canada during a Twitter chat:

Specific availability, carrier and pricing details have not been announced but we now know that Canadians will have a choice of two new Xperia devices in the near future.

Update (1/14/2013): After hearing conflicting stories about the Canadian Xperia Z availability, we reached out Sony Mobile Canada and received the following statement:

Everyone is really excited about the week we’ve had at CES. A global representative made an error regarding Canadian product availability. At this time we can confirm that Canadians will be receiving the Xperia ZL as previously announced, but we have nothing to announce about the Xperia Z availability in Canada at this time. We will share more news on future products as they are confirmed.

You may have to keep your fingers crossed a bit longer if you want to see the Xperia Z in Canada.

CES 2013: Sony unveils Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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Jan 072013
 

As widely predicted by rumours, Sony today unveiled its next flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z.

“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications. “With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”

Sony Xperia ZSony Xperia Z specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8064)
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with Exmor RS sensor and HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.2MP camera with HD video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Battery: 2,330mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 139 x 71 x 7.9 millimeters / 146 grams
  • Colours: Black, white and purple
  • Other: Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57)

Sony also unveiled the Xperia ZL, a very similar device intended for a number of select markets, including Canada. It will share many characteristics with the Xperia Z but will be slightly smaller.

Sony Xperia ZLSony Xperia ZL specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8064)
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, DLNA
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with Exmor RS sensor and HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP camera with HD video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Dimensions / weight: 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 millimeters / 151 grams
  • Colours: Black, white

Both devices will launch with Android 4.1 but will be upgraded to Android 4.2 later on.

The Sony Xperia Z will launch globally later this quarter whereas the Xperia ZL will launch only select markets (including Canada). Pricing details were not provided.

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Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL confirmed by Sony Mobile website

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Jan 012013
 

The latest evidence that Sony has two new smartphones up its sleeve comes from none other than its own website. Press shots of the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have been located on the site and pretty much confirm that the former is none other than the upcoming Sony Yuga and the latter the Sony Odin. Without further ado, here they are:

Rumoured Sony Xperia ZRumoured Sony Xperia ZL

The images line up well with earlier rumours. The Sony Xperia XL even seems to have its front-facing camera at the bottom right corner as one rumour suggested. Past rumours have indicated that both will be powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors and come with 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) displays, 2GB RAM, and rear 13MP cameras.

Sony is expected to unveil both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at next week’s CES 2013.

Read more: Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL (Source: Engadget)