Sony have unveiled the Xperia ZL2, which is the latest addition to their smartphone range and the successor to the original Xperia ZL.
The easiest way to look at the Xperia ZL2 is to compare it to the iPhone 5C, because it incorporates the core features of the flagship Xperia Z2 but costs have been cut by making a few subtle design changes (a slightly smaller display and plastic exterior).
So far the Xperia ZL2 has only been confirmed as launching in Japan, with wider availability and the price of the smartphone currently unknown. We've got our fingers crossed for a worldwide release because we'd love a more affordable alternative to the Xperia Z2.
The new smartphone has a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos Display delivering a 440 pixels-per-inch rating. It comes pre-loaded with Android KitKat (4.4) and is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor backed up by a whopping 3GB of RAM.
Like all of Sony's recent Xperia smartphones it is both waterproof and dust-proof, but unlike the Xperia Z2 the front and back are made from plastic rather than glass. It has dimensions of 137x72x10.8mm and weighs 167g, making it a little thicker and heavier than the flagship Xperia Z2 (8.2mm and 163g).
Budding photographers will be pleased to hear it comes with a 20.7 mega-pixel camera that is capable of recording 4K video. While, selfies should come out great thanks to the ZL2's front-facing 3,1 mega-pixel snapper.
The smartphone is only available with 32GB of onboard memory (with microSD support) and will be offered in a choice of Black, White or Turquoise colours. Connectivity includes WiFi, 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 (no mention of NFC) and it's powered by a 3000mAH battery.
As soon as we get more news on the worldwide (and UK) release of the Sony Xperia ZL2 you'll be the first to know.
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