Sony slams down the specs for the Xperia SL smartphone, successor to the Xperia S

With a modestly understated launch, Sony has slipped out news of the successor to its Android-powered Xperia S smartphone, the Xperia SL.

Upgrades see a faster processor onboard – beefed up to a Snapdragon 1.7 GHz dual-core processor from the S’s 1.5 GHz – but there seems to be no headline-grabbing changes afoot, with the phone retaining the 4.3-inch 280 x 720 pixels display.

As with its predecessor, there’s an 12.1-megapixel camera onboard, while the OS has moved forward a generation to Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

It’s rather a smart looking affair, measuring 128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm (5.0 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches) and weighing 144 g (5.1 ounces).

The  Xperia SL is now listed on Sony’s website and shown in silver, black, white and pink –  although there’s no prices or availability details yet.

Sony slams down specs for the Xperia SL smartphone, successor to the Xperia S

Specs

Camera and video

  • 12.1 megapixel camera with pulsed LED flash and Auto focus
  • Sony’s Exmor™ R for mobile CMOS sensor
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Aperture f/2.4
  • HD video recording (1080p)
  • 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Image playback, supported formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP
  • Image capture, supported format: JPEG
  • Video playback and recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4
  • Face recognition and Smile detection
  • Front-facing camera (1.3 megapixel, 720p)

Connectivity and communication

  • High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
  • WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, SyncML, Google Sync and Facebook
  • aGPS
  • WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom
  • Bluetooth technology
  • Native USB tethering
  • NFC
  • ANT+ sports fitness

Memory

  • Flash memory: 32 GB (up to 26 GB user-accessible memory)
  • RAM: 1GB

Networks

  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

Entertainment

  • TrackID music recognition
  • xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis, FLAC
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • Xperia™ with Facebook™
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Clear audio and clear bass
  • 3D surround sound
  • PlayStation™ Certified
  • TV launcher
  • “WALKMAN” application

Display

  • 4.3”, 1280 x 720 pixels 16,777,216 colour TFT
  • HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine
  • Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass
  • Capacitive touchscreen with on-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Screenshot capturing

Pre-loaded applications

  • Google Voice Search
  • Google Talk application
  • Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • Google Mail

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