The good news is that Sony has simplified things by using the Xperia name for all mobile devices, but the bad news is that they are also using every letter combination known to man. I dare anyone to keep track of all these devices. The latest is the Xperia AX for Japan.
There was some confusion when specifications for the Sony Xperia Z1S leaked earlier today. It was believed that it would be a 4.3-inch device that had almost the same specifications as Sony’s flagship Z1; however, that turned out to be the Xperia Z1 Compact. The Z1S is just T-Mobile’s variant of the Z1.
Sony put on an amazing press conference tonight and as expected, they unveiled the Xperia “Zed” or Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. The guts of both phones are essentially the same, but the Xperia Z is dust and water resistant. It also has a glass back and a little bit bigger footprint, but it’s a little thinner at 7.9mm.
Today, Sony has announced a new member to the Xperia family. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is exactly what you would expect. It is a smaller version of their flagship Xperia Z1 handset. A 4.3-inch display is great for people that do not want monstrous 5-inch phones. And users will not be sacrificing size for specs. Just like the Z1, it has a 20.7MP camera.
The Sony Xperia ZL has been available for pre-order on Sony’s US web store for several weeks now, and finally received a price. At $720 for the HSPA+ version and $760 for the LTE version, it’s definitely at the higher end for an unlocked smartphone. As shown in our hands on, the Xperia ZL is no slouch.