Sony previously announced plans to release the Xperia ZL for those in the US. That bit came back in early-March. The catch is that the handset will be available unlocked and contract-free. Basically, while it will be available for purchase, it will likely be selling at a price higher than many are willing to pay. Enter a carrier subsidized model which looks like it will be coming by way of AT&T.
The carrier has yet to offer any specifics, and instead we are getting these early details by way of a recently discovered FCC filing. The filing is showing an Xperia XL with HSPA and LTE connectivity. Specifically, the filing is showing support for HSPA on 850/1700/1900 and LTE on bands 2, 4, 5 and 17. In short, it looks like this particular Xperia XL is heading to AT&T.
While we wait on further word from AT&T. Or for that matter, from Sony, lets offer a bit of a recap on the handset itself. The Xperia XL is sporting a 5-inch Mobile Bravia Engine 2 display at 1920 x 1080 and powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM. You can also expect to find 16GB of storage, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Similar to the unknowns with an AT&T branded Xperia XL, the unlocked model from Sony also remains in limbo. That is to say that the handset has a product listing in the Sony Store, but that it is still listed as coming soon with no details in terms of a shipping date or price. So how about it, anyone considering an Xperia XL given the recent other smartphone announcements?