Unveiled earlier this month at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have been slated for a Q1 2013 release.
However, Sony announced that the smartphones wouldn’t be available in all regions, so expect the Xperia ZL to be launched in a handful of countries and the Xperia Z in others.
What’s certain is that the Xperia ZL will be the only one available in Canada. Sony Canada confirmed it had no plans to introduce the Xperia Z in the country anytime soon and, while it doesn’t dismiss the possibility to see this device released in Canada, there are slim chances for this to happen.
There are only a handful of carriers that confirmed a timeframe for the release of Xperia Z or Xperia ZL, and Bell Canada is not one of them.
Still, the folks over at MobileSyrup were able to learn that Bell Mobility will be among the first Canadian carriers to offer the Xperia ZL.
The smartphone has just been leaked and, with it, confirmation that it will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. The good news is that the Xperia ZL will have its bootloader unlocked, but we’re not sure it will stay the same after release. Hopefully it will.
Aside from the unlocked bootloader, Sony Xperia ZL will come packed with several Bell apps and services, including MobileTV, Remote PVR, Self-serve and Bell Remote Device Manager.
Just like the Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL will come equipped with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, accompanied by an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
The smartphone packs 16GB of internal memory and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 64GB). It also boasts an impressive 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording.
Last but not least, Sony Xperia ZL features a stunning 5.0-inch full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 display, as well as LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC (Near Field Communications) support.