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Sony Xperia SL – What you need to know

Sony is not resting on its laurels when it comes to new smartphone releases, and hot on the heels of the Xperia S launch earlier this year, the manufacturer is said to be planning to debut its successor.

Leaked images of the upcoming device, dubbed the Sony Xperia SL, show handset that bears a striking resemblance to the flagship Xperia S.

But what it lacks in originality it more than makes up for in boosted power and software. So what do you need to know about this rumoured device?

Sony Xperia SL specs

According to reports, the Xperia SL is set to be packing a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm S3 processor, an upgrade to the 1.5GHz dual-core chip in the S.

While Xperia S trailed behind with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS on its launch, although Sony later released an ICS update, and the Xperia SL is set to feature the most current OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Though many handset makers will be keen to stay up-to-date by featuring Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, uptake of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been slow with just 16% of handsets featuring the OS according to the latest figures.

Sony Xperia SL features

Some features on the SL are expected to be the same as its predecessor, with a 12MP camera and 4.3-inch high definition screen. We will see some new colour options though, with pink and silver both offered alongside the black and white options on the Xperia S.

Although a release date for the as yet unconfirmed Sony Xperia SL hasn’t been outlined, it is rumoured to have a price tag within the £450 range.

With the Xperia S barely on the market for six months, we don’t expect to be seeing the SL for a while yet. But with upgrades in all the right places, it will be a worthy new flagship model.

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