Know how we’ve always said the Xperia ZL is wrongly being considered inferior to the Z? Well, for once, someone seems to agree with us. Someone big, that is. None other than AT&T, America’s second favorite carrier.
Ma Bell may just pick up the non-waterproof 5-incher and sell it subsidized in a few weeks’ time. The ZL has paid a visit to FCC very recently, with the LTE support for bands 2, 4, 5 and 17 and the 850/1700/1900 MHz frequencies making it a great fit for AT&T.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean the carrier will in fact offer it with contracts, but one can definitely hope. Remember, Sony has only confirmed the Xperia Z and ZL are headed to the States in unlocked flavors so far.
Rumor has it the Z will land on one or several American networks by the end of this month, but now an April ZL release on AT&T is definitely in the cards too. In which case the two would be treated (almost) as equals for a change.
Another (wild) speculation is that AT&T will not be selling any of the two devices and will instead get a special version of one or the other. Which would be called, what, the ZX, the ZY, the ZZ, the ZZ Top?
However the whole thing plays out, Sony definitely needs to hurry and get the new flagships out on American soil. Z and ZL sales are reported to be booming across Europe and Asia, but if the Japanese are serious about going after the bronze, they need to gain the upper hand against HTC and they need to do it yesterday. Do you think they have what it takes to reach the podium?