Jan 8th, 2013

Announced last night at Sony’s press event, the Sony Xperia ZL is the manufacturer’s second Android device announced, a slightly low-end version of the Xperia Z. We got a quick hands on of the device for you guys, showing off all its aesthetics: wonderfully small bezel, matte battery cover, and landscape mode front facing 2MP camera. This one is definitely a looker — check it out.

All-in-all, the device felt solid, but we couldn’t hep notice the materials felt noticeably “cheaper” than its larger sibling with a lighter, more plasticy feel. Still, the device is able to match the Z pound-for-pound spec-wise (that’s all that really matters, right?) and there are some who will find the ZL’s slimmer bezels more becoming. Although carrier availability wasn’t specifically mentioned, we can see this being offered on a carrier for a few bills less than the Z, though nothing has been confirmed. The ZL comes in both black and white flavors, with the black having a more textured bumpy feel (similar to the battery cover on the Galaxy Nexus). What do you guys think, between the Z and ZL, which would you opt for?

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