The Xperia S was Sony’s main weapon for the first half of the year. When it did not turn out to be the breakout hit that the Japanese was hoping it’d be, a successor to the S was quickly planned: a refreshed model that we later learned would be called as the Xperia SL. Following a string of leaked information and promotional photos, the Xperia SL has finally landed on Sony’s website.
The Xperia SL isn’t by any means a radical departure from the Xperia S, but it does offer some improvement over its predecessor, as well as a couple of new colors. While the original only came in white and black, the Xperia SL adds two more color options: pink and silver. The dimensions and weight of the model, however, haven't been meddled with.
Specs-wise, the Xperia SL also maintains the same 4.3-inch HD display of the Xperia S and the 12.1MP rear-facing camera, although you’ll now get a pulsed LED flash. The processor receives a speed bump, as the SL boasts a dual-core Snapdragon S3 clocked at 1.7GHz. Aside from that, you'll get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich outright.
There’s no word yet on when Sony is planning to unleash the Xperia SL. We expect to hear more from Sony about the SL — and a lot more of the company’s new phones and tablets — at the upcoming IFA 2012, which will be held at the end of the month. Stay tuned!