Sony's current flagship might not have the same stellar specs as the competition, but the Xperia Z has a few tricks up its sleeve. This device is slim, water and dust-resistant, and heading to T-Mobile USA later this summer.


This is the standard Xperia Z, not the slightly watered down ZL that launched a while back. This device has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 13MP camera, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p screen, and LTE (if you live in one of T-Mobile's few LTE markets).

This is technically an exclusive for T-Mobile, as no other carriers will be selling the device directly. It might have been more impressive if the international device wasn't announced months ago, but it's still coming to T-Mobile later this summer. Exact date and pricing are still unknown.


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  • Darren Henderson

    "slightly watered down ZL" -- disappoint. The ZL shouldn't really have the Z in the title since it's an entirely different phone, and shouldn't really be compared directly to the Z. The V is the baby brother to the Z. The ZL fills a niche, and is itself a great device. The form factor is entirely different, with the addition of the devoted camera key, a different shell all-together, and different specs. It deserves to be reviewed on its own without being compared to the waterproof Z with higher specs that you pay a king's ransom for. The ZL is a great high-mid range phone. The difference in price point for the unlocked Z and ZL is significant to a lot of people.

    • Ambroos

      What are you talking about? Internally the Z and ZL are exactly the same phone, the only differences are:
      1. Different design (not waterproof)
      2. IR blaster
      3. Shutter key
      Aside that they are exactly the same, they even run pretty much the same software.

      • ProductFRED

        You can even cross-flash the modems, which means that, not only is the hardware the same, but also the partitions.

        • Ambroos

          Exactly. There's a hack out there that allows you to use LTE on your ZL in Canada by flashing a Z baseband (or the other way around).

      • porter86

        You forgot about different wireless speeds, and also the Z has 30 mAh more battery!


        • Ambroos

          That site is wrong sometimes. The ZL listed there is a HSPA variant, but there are LTE ZL's too. Hence the speed difference. The difference in battery size is negligible.

  • Leo209

    I'm assuming you mean't 1080p? Lol.

    • ProductFRED

      I'm assuming you meant "meant"? Lol.

      • Anthony Evans

        assuming you meant your both douche bags.

        • ProductFRED

          Assuming you meant "you're both douche bags."

          • ehhh

            I'm assuming y'all meant "douchebags"

          • mathewmakio

            That was awesome!

          • madhav nayak

            Sure was. :D

          • Anthony Evans

            Assuming this thread is making me bust a nut.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Nah, man. It's one of those new, slightly lower-res screens. But seriously, I did mean 1080p. Thanks.

  • Sean Royce

    Very, very late to the game. Disappointing and I don't even live in the USA.