Sony has announced the US availability of the Xperia ZL smartphone. The handset can be found by way of the Sony Store and at the moment — it is shown as being available for pre-order with a shipping date of April 8. The Xperia ZL is priced at $759.99. While that is obviously more than many are used to paying for a smartphone in the US, the reasoning here is that Sony is selling the Xperia ZL on a contract-free basis.
In terms of features, the Xperia ZL will bring a 5-inch (1920 x 1080) Full HD Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine 2, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other goodies include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera.
As for network support, this is broken down by two models. The C6502 has support for HSPA+ on bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and EDGE on 850, 900, 1800 and 1900. The C6506 has the same HSPA+ and EDGE support but also adds LTE support on bands 2, 4, 5, 17. In other words, if you are planning to pick up the Xperia ZL, you should probably be looking towards AT&T for connectivity.
We should also mention that the C6502 is a bit lower in price. That model is selling for $719.99 (also unlocked). Both models of the Xperia ZL are available in three colors — black, white or red. Finally, users can also expect Sony related goodies such as the Battery STAMINA Mode to help improve battery life as well as the WALKMAN application which provides access to music and movies.[via PR Newswire] [device id=4959]