Sony Xperia Z and ZL shown off in official press shots

We’ve been hearing rumblings for some time that Sony was working on a competitor to Samsung’s wildly popular Galaxy Note device. So with CES around the corner it makes perfect sense that this mystery handset shows its face. Official press renders of the Sony Xperia Z and ZL have surfaced, courtesy of the folks over at Engadget. These devices were once code named ‘Yuga’ and ‘Odin’.

Interestingly, in the press shots above, you’ll notice the typical monolithic slab look we’ve all grown accustomed to from Sony with the Xperia Z (left). However, the Xperia ZL chooses a much different path, as it cuts down on the bezel and repositions the front-facing camera to the bottom of the phone. What’s even more crazy is both devices supposedly pack the same features, which include a 5-inch 1080p LCDs, quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processors with 2 gigs of RAM and Adreno 320 graphics, along with a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear.

That being said, it’s a little weird that both phones carry the same specs. Why would Sony release a fatter version of this phone, when it can just release the Xperia ZL by itself? We don’t know many specifics at the moment, and things could be much more different from what’s being reported, so we’ll hold out on our last judgement. Besides, we’re almost positive that Sony will spill the beans during CES.

What do you think about these two handsets? Would you buy one? If so, which one?

[via engadget]


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