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Sony announces Xperia SL, a slightly faster Xperia S with Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony announces Xperia SL, a slightly faster Xperia S with Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony has officially announced the Xperia SL, a marginally faster version of original the Xperia S.

It’s looks identical and it feels identical. The only difference between the SL and its forebear, other than an extra letter, is a slightly beefier 1.7GHz processor of the same dual core Scorpion variety.

Sony Xperia SL colour variants

Everything else is unchanged, meaning it packs the same 4.3-inch display with a 720p HD resolution, a 12.1-megapixel snapper with full HD recording and 32GB of on board storage.

It does, however, run the fairly recent Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) iteration of Android rather than the creaky old Gingerbread edition as the original S.

If you own the latter, don’t fret – Google is working on a new experiment to bring vanilla versions of Android to non-Nexus devices and it’s chosen the Xperia S as the first handset to receive the honour, thanks to its unlocked bootloader and relatively powerful specs.

If successful, the programme could enable Android updates to land on unlocked non-Google handsets within months if not weeks of release.

Release and pricing details for the Xperia SL are still under wraps, but will be revealed when the handset debuts at the IFA exhibition later this month. Stay tuned.

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