• Sony Xperia ZL coming to Canada in April

    Just got word that the Sony Xperia ZL is coming to Canada beginning in April.

    It will be available on Rogers, Bell, Mobilicity, Wind, MTS and Videotron.

    It's the first in what should be many phones from Android OEMs in 2013 with quad core (or more) processors, 5"+ screens with resolutions of 1920x1080, 13MP cameras and 2GB of RAM.

    It will be available in black. No word on pricing. My guess would be that it will be priced at around the Galaxy Note 2's level.
    Here's the release:

    [h=Precision, Power and Design: Xperia ZL Coming to Canadian Wireless Carriers this Spring]1[/h]Easy and fast One-touch functions to wirelessly share music, photos and videos across devices
    TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2013 - Sony Mobile Communications AB ("Sony Mobile") today announced that the Xperia™ ZL will launch in Canada with multiple carriers including Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, Videotron and WIND Mobile, beginning in April 2013.

    First introduced at CES 2013, the Xperia ZL packs the best of the Sony experience and features in a premium smartphone. It combines a razor sharp 5" full HD 1080p Reality Display with an elegant and compact design. Intelligent camera features make taking high quality images easier than ever, and One-touch NFC functionality connects the Xperia ZL to a wide range of accessories with a simple tap.

    "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."

    New Stand-out design
    With subtly rounded edges and a curvature that fits naturally in the palm of your hand, Xperia ZL introduces a new OmniBalance design focused on creating balance and symmetry in all directions.
    The power button, a signature design piece that gets its importance from the fact that the average user is likely to touch it an estimate of 76 times a day, exemplifies the premium build and craftsmanship that has gone into the Xperia ZL.
    Intelligent Sony Technology
    Xperia ZL's Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, brings Sony's long-standing TV expertise to the smartphone and delivers an immersive viewing experience with super brightness and clarity. Most smartphones available today have screen ratios of between 60 and 68 per cent. Xperia ZL has been precision engineered for an exceptional viewing experience, allowing the brilliant display—representing 75 per cent of the overall footprinti—to take centre stage.
    It also shares capabilities with Sony digital cameras and features Exmor RS for mobile, the world's first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones. HDR technology enhances clear images against strong backlight, so users can capture razor sharp pictures and videos no matter the conditions.
    Sony's One-touch functions enable consumers to easily share music, photos and videos from their smartphone to an array of NFC-enabled Sony devices, including speakers, headphones and now TVs. With the latest BRAVIA TV, simply touch the Xperia ZL to the remote control of the TV to instantly enjoy your photos and videos on the big screen. Or, touch Xperia ZL to an NFC enabled headset or speaker and begin listening to tracks instantly.
    Xperia ZL also includes Battery STAMINA Mode that can improve the standby time by four times or moreii by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on.
    Discover, enjoy and share entertainment with Sony's media applications
    Sony media applications offer a consistent entertainment experience across a range of Sony devices. Pre-loaded on Xperia ZL, the "WALKMAN", Album and Movies apps, enable discovery of on-line and off-line content through a single access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The "WALKMAN" application provides access to all your downloaded music, a library of 18 million songs to explore from Music Unlimited and Facebook social integration. The Movies application gives consumers access to over 100,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited while the Album application enables easy access to Facebook friends' photos as well as browsing photos by location.iii
    Key features for Xperia ZL
    · Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass design
    · 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB RAM
    · 5" 1080 x 1920p full HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
    · 13MP Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video (1080p), Superior Auto and Noise Reduction to effortlessly capture razor sharp pictures and videos in any conditions
    · Battery STAMINA mode improves standby time by at least 4 times
    · Available in Black
    · Xperia ZL will launch on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
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    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Tekno's Avatar
      Tekno -
      This is going to be a nice phone! I hope we get the "Z" version as well because of the dust proof and water resistant feature also, it has a nice back.
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Everyone else gets the Z with awesome build quality we get the plastic ZL with no dust or water resistance. Thanks anyway Sony, but if I'm going to buy a plastic phone I'll buy an S4. Treat us like second class I'll return the favour and not buy your second tier product.
    1. Supa_Fly's Avatar
      Supa_Fly -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mystery View Post
      Everyone else gets the Z with awesome build quality we get the plastic ZL with no dust or water resistance. Thanks anyway Sony, but if I'm going to buy a plastic phone I'll buy an S4. Treat us like second class I'll return the favour and not buy your second tier product.
      The ZL is not a second class product, it and the Z are one and the same with specs - the ZL has a removable battery, the Z does not. Other specs and features beyond that and dust/water resistance are equal. The decision is NOT Sony's ... but that of the providers. Have you noticed that Telus is left out of this announcement? Hmm, maybe its because Ericsson, SonyEricsson, and now Sony never had good business ties between Telus and them, thus now their affected.
    1. Mr Mystery's Avatar
      Mr Mystery -
      Quote Originally Posted by Supa_Fly View Post
      The ZL is not a second class product, it and the Z are one and the same with specs - the ZL has a removable battery, the Z does not. Other specs and features beyond that and dust/water resistance are equal. The decision is NOT Sony's ... but that of the providers. Have you noticed that Telus is left out of this announcement? Hmm, maybe its because Ericsson, SonyEricsson, and now Sony never had good business ties between Telus and them, thus now their affected.
      So which do you think Sony would say is their flagship? ZL is their second tier (second class) device. Word it however you like.

      Sent from my Note 2
    1. Tekno's Avatar
      Tekno -
      I wanted a dust/water resistance phone for the longest time god i hope we get it. If anyone says just get a life proof oterbox case forget it adds allot of bulk lol