Fresh details have emerged of the direct follow-up to the Sony Xperia S, known as the Sony Xperia SL.
In fact, the Sony Xperia SL is more of a subtle upgrade than an outright sequel. It looks much the same as the Sony Xperia S, with the same unique styling - including that transparent strip along the bottom.
This essentially makes the Sony Xperia SL the same device we labeled “still a decent high-end phone, just not the barnstormer it could've been” in our 8/10 review.
But wait! There’s more to the Sony Xperia SL than meets the eye. According to Chinese website eprice, the SL will have a bit of a boost in the processor department. Specifically, the dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 has been boosted from 1.5GHz to 1.7GHz.
Admittedly that’s still not the headline-grabbing quad-core processor as found in many of its rivals, like the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3, but the S3 chip has given a good account of itself in all the benchmarks thus far.
And don’t forget, the SL will have the same 4.3-inch HD display - the sharpest on any smartphone so far - and super-speedy 12-megapixel camera.
If you’ve set your heart on Sony’s unique approach to Android, then, you might be best off waiting for the subtly overhauled Xperia SL. We’re not sure exactly when it’s set to arrive, so stay tuned.