Sony confirmed yesterday a pretty badly kept secret known as the Xperia SL smartphone. Sony Mobile’s website proudly displays the features and specifications for the new device, including the touted dual-core 1.7GHz processor and ultra-high resolution 12MP rear camera.
The Xperia SL features a 4.3-inch scratch-resistant touchscreen with a 1280×720 pixel resolution. The aforementioned 12MP camera has autofocus, an impressive 16x digital zoom (but will most likely be very noisy when zoomed in all the way,) and LED flash. The sensor uses Sony’s Exmor R branding, typical found in many of its regular compact cameras and supposedly improves the quality of photos particularly in low light conditions. The Xperia SL ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — it’s no Jelly Bean, but it’ll do.
Sony, in partnership with Box, is offering 50GB of free cloud storage for customers who purchase the device. It’s also a PlayStation Certified phone, which is some funky way of saying you can play cool games on it.
In July some of the first images of the Xperia SL leaked on to the Internet. We were unable to confirm their authenticity, but as it turns out now they are legitimate. Some of the specs hit the web in the beginning of August as well, proven true now too.
For now, Sony is keeping quiet about pricing and availability other than slapping on the generic “Coming soon” banner on the Xperia SL website. The phone will come in black, white, light gray, and light pink.
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