Sony got a lot of kudos and congrats after unveiling the Xperia Z and ZL at CES, but if there are people that have reasons to be angered with the company these are most likely living up north. Not only are Canadians in a fog when it comes to pricing, carrier availability and ETAs, but they also have no idea if to only wait for the ZL or both the Z and ZL.
Unfortunately, we still have nothing new on that, but we do have something on ZL’s launch. According to Mobile Syrup, the 5-incher is heading to Bell, the nation’s number two carrier. While details are slim on the exact release date and price tags, it seems the ZL could come with a factory unlocked bootloader.
Sony’s been awfully kind with independent devs and part-time software tinkerers lately, but this is still a sort of unexpected move that makes us like the Xperia makers even more. Of course, there’s no guarantee the screenshots showing the unlocked bootloader are real or are of a finished device, but fingers crossed.
Mobile Syrup’s photos also seem to confirm Bell’s Xperia ZL will come with 4G LTE speeds, as well as with a bunch of exclusive pre-loaded apps (aka bloatware). We can see Bell’s MobileTV there, the Remote PVR and Remote Device Manager among others. Thank God for custom ROMs, right?