The Xperia Z impressed at CES, winning numerous

Sony flagship Xperia Z and Xperia ZL Android smartphones first look

Sony announced their latest Android smartphones, the Xperia Z and ZL last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. These flagship phones are Sony’s latest assault on the highly competitive Android phone market, and after a series of disappointing handsets, the Xperia Z and ZL seem to have all the right ingredients to put Sony on top, at least for now.

The Sony Xperia Z is a top-of-the-line device, featuring a 5-inch full HD 1080p display and a 13 MP camera with Sony’s new Exmor RS sensor, which is capable of HDR in both stills and video. The Z’s chassis is an attractive, 7.9 mm slim, tempered glass front and back design, that is also dust and water resistant (IP57 certified), a fairly unique feature for a phone outside the Japanese market.

Hands on with the Xperia Z and ZL.

It is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, paired with a big 2,330mAh battery for “outstanding” battery life. The Xperia Z runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be upgraded to 4.2 “shortly after launch.” The Xperia Z was shown at CES in white, black, and purple.

Xperia ZL, confirmed to be coming to Canada by Sony, features the same internal hardware as the Xperia Z in a slight more compact form-factor. However, the chassis is not water and dust resistant like the Z’s, and has a textured plastic finish on the back. However, the ZL does come with a dedicated camera shutter button, something Sony says couldn’t be added to the Z without compromising its water resistance.

Sony’s new Android smartphone won a bevy of awards at CES.

Both the Xperia Z and ZL have microSD slots for additional storage, something left off many other current Android phones, and non-removable batteries. The Xperia ZL was shown in white and black at CES, but recent photos have surfaced online showing that the ZL will also be available in red.

While Sony has not announced a release date, carrier availability, or pricing for the Xperia ZL in Canada, it is expected to be released sometime in Q1 of this year.

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