CES-bound Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL press shots emerge

CES-bound Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL press shots emergeMost of our recent Sony Xperia coverage has been based around the pair of upcoming Android phones codenamed Yuga and Odin, so you won't be surprised to see both featuring in the latest bit of Sony news to emerge ahead of next week's CES 2013 shindig over in Vegas.

What is a surprise is that we've finally got some clear info on the names, and more importantly some official press shots straight from Sony.

The Japanese firm has kicked off the new year by adding both new devices to its global website. Consensus remains that despite being different on the outside they're by and large the same under the surface, with the Odin a bit slimmer and sleeker than its Xperia cousin.

As expected, the Yuga will go on sale as the Xperia Z, but notions that the Odin will be known as the Xperia X were wide of the mark, it turns out – it'll instead go by the name of the Xperia ZL once it hits the streets.

Despite the Xperia Z being clearly the larger of the two devices both are said to feature the same 5in 1080p display, with the Xperia ZL squeezing everything in a bit tighter due to its more compact shell.

Processor-wise they're both said have a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core, natch) calling the shots, along with a solid 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 graphics and a 13MP Sony Exmor RS camera.

While those specifications remain unconfirmed, what is interesting is the position of the Xperia ZL's front-facing camera below the screen rather than above. We're not sure what the thinking is behind it, but variety is the spice of life and all that so we won't cast judgement just yet.

All should become clear at CES in a week's time, with both new Xperia handsets likely to have a prominent place on Sony's stand.

Via Engadget

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 1, 2013 at 19:26

N9 has the front-facing cam below the screen, too. And in terms of functionality I can't figure out any potential (dis-)advantages. So, I suppose it's a technical issue? Interference with antenna design etc?

dcx_badass  Jan. 1, 2013 at 22:33

On screen buttons are the horrible.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 1, 2013 at 23:08

On screen buttons are the horrible.

The ones on the Xperia S were awwwwwwwwwful.


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