Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL leaked, could be announced at CES or MWC

Sony Xperia Z adSony has a new top-of-the-range smartphone coming soon, and when it does arrive it could be joined by a sister device which will share a similar specification. Named the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, they were first discovered on Sony’s own website in picture form, confirming both the names and the fact they’ll be coming soon. Now the Xperia Z has been leaked through an advert in Thailand, of all places, stating the phone will be out in 2013.

We’re expecting the Xperia Z to be Sony’s first device with a 5-inch touchscreen and a 1080p resolution, a pair of features which are set to become very popular during the next 12-months. The high resolution screen will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor, which will also be another Sony first, plus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be onboard.

The ad also mentions the price of the device, albeit in Thai Baht, which converts over to be around £400, a reasonable off-contract price for a flagship, big-screen smartphone. As for the Xperia ZL, it’s possible the device will share the same screen and processor specs, but come in a more compact chassis. Exactly what the point is isn’t clear at this stage, but we’d expect there to be at least one key difference between the two phones – 4G LTE perhaps – to make it worthwhile for Sony to produce both of them.

There have been rumours we’ll see the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL introduced at one of the forthcoming consumer technology shows – either at CES next week or MWC at the end of February.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars