Sony Russia has reportedly announced that it would start selling the Xperia ZL in the country in early March.
Previously, we’ve heard that the ZL would only be available in Europe starting April, so the announcement coming from Russia is good news. Sure enough, Russia might be the only country where the handset will debut this early – we can’t know for sure at the moment. What we do know is that the Xperia ZL will cost around 27,000 RUB (€680) – that’s quite expensive, but don’t forget that phone prices in Russia are usually higher than in other markets. Most likely, you won’t have to pay more than €600 for a ZL across Europe.
At launch, the Xperia ZL will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but it’s going to be updated to 4.2 Jelly Bean not long after that.
Sony’s other new high-end Android smartphone, the Xperia Z, is already available in more than 60 countries around the world. The Z is slightly larger than the ZL, also being waterproof and dustproof (while the ZL isn’t). That aside, the two devices have the same internals, including a 5 inch Full HD display, LTE, NFC, quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and 13MP rear camera.
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