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Sony Xperia SL now available in the U.S. and Europe

Japanese electronics manufacturer Sony released its newest foray into the mid-level Android market Wednesday, September 12th. Sony Xperia SL makes its debut in the United States and Europe. It is expected to reach wider audience as it is currently being shipped to all parts of the world. There was not much fanfare during the launch unlike other Sony devices because Sony doesn’t want to hijack the sales of its newly-announced Xperia T, J and V.

As a mid-ranger Sony smartphone, Xperia SL features impressive and competitive specs, although its physical attributes are not so appealing. Nevertheless, it offers the same performance that majority of Xperia devices offer. Let’s try to look a little closer into its key features.

Processor. Sony Xperia SL features Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset with dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. Basically, it offers so much processing power for a smartphone; only a few handsets come with clockspeed beyond 1.5GHz. Since it is a Qualcomm unit, it is paired with a graphic processor Adreno 220.

Memory. Sony gave this device 1GB RAM to complement the processor; it is more than enough. While it doesn’t come with a microSD slot, the company has given it considerably huge internal memory of up to 32GB.

Display. Just like most of Xperia phones, SL uses the LED-backlit LCD technology. It is a capacitive touchscreen that support up to 10 fingers multitouch. With 4.3 inches display, the best resolution it can provide is 720 x 1280 pixels or around 342ppi pixel density. However, Sony made sure to include its Mobile BRAVIA Engine for more picture and color definition.

Camera. Knowing Sony has a good reputation as far as photography technology is concerned, we can always expect this aspect is not taken for granted. Xperia SL was given 12 megapixels primary camera with new image stabilization technology and 3D sweep panorama features. It is capable of recording [email protected] videos. The secondary comes with 1.3MP only.

OS. Sony’s Gingerbread moment is over so every new Xperia phone released in the market will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradeable to 4.1 Jelly Bean.

There was no sufficient information as to the power its battery provide but Sony reiterated that Xperia SL can last up to 8 hours and 30 minutes of straight talk time and around 420 hours when in standby mode. We could expect a battery between 2000mAh and 2500mAh for this handset.

U.S. online retailer Basatne offers this handset for $523 while ATGSM comes up with $499 price. In Europe, both and offer it for €599.

Source: GSM Arena

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