The Sony Xperia SL finally becomes official, but is still only 'coming soon'

The Sony Xperia SL finally becomes official, but is still only 'coming soon'Sony has officially outed the Xperia SL, the successor to the Xperia S that has been so widely documented that quite frankly we're surprised to hear it isn't already on sale.

And we don't know when that'll change, either – as despite Sony serving official notice that the Xperia SL is incoming, it isn't saying a word about when.

It hasn't been easy keeping up with Sony Xperia rumours this year, not since the adoption of the Xperia-plus-a-letter naming convention anyway. And it has only been made worse by the simultaneous existence of a separate model number (the Xperia SL is the LT26i), while Sony has clearly decided to twist the knife by changing from one to two letters at the end, creating endless potential for confusion.

So let's get back to basics. The Xperia SL replaces the Xperia S, and comes with a 4.3in 720p display as before. It remains surprisingly chunky, falling the wrong side of the 1cm divide at 10.6mm thick, and weighing a not insubstantial 144g.

Speed-wise, Xperia S fans looking to upgrade (eventually) will be able to look forward to a slightly faster dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor, while the camera remains unchanged from the Xperia S, boasting a 12.1MP resolution, autofocus, 16x digital zoom and pulsed LED flash. Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be on board out of the box.

All very middle-of-the-road, we hear you say, and to be honest we agree – the Xperia SL hardly has “game changer” written all over it. But coming not that long after the Xperia S itself, that's no massive surprise.

As we've mentioned, there's nothing yet on a launch date, but we can confirm it will come in black, white, silver and pink.

Via Engadget

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