If you are an AT&T customer and have been waiting for the release of another Xperia branded handset, you can begin to rest easy. Well, you can assuming you are interested in the James Bond Skyfall phone. The handset is better known as the Sony Xperia TL and it will be available with AT&T beginning on November 2. Perhaps even nicer, the handset will arrive with a fairly nice price point — $99.99.
Pricing and release date aside, lets talk features. The Xperia TL feature set includes a 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) HD Reality Display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sure, some may have some disappointment given the lack of Jelly Bean, however there is a promise of an upgrade. Lets just hope that promise actually happens.
Otherwise, the Sony Xperia TL will have 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, HDMI, DLNA and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that promises the ability to “bring even the smallest of details to life.” As for the NFC, the Xperia TL will ship with an Xperia SmartTag in the box. And for those not familiar with the SmartTag (think Samsung TecTiles), they allow you to perform functions by tapping your phone.
Finally, given this is the Skyfall phone, you can also expect some James Bond related content. In fact, AT&T notes that the handset will ship preloaded with “exclusive Bond content which includes behind the scenes footage, interviews, clips, wallpapers, ring tones, and more.”
[press]Sony Xperia TL Available From AT&T Beginning Nov. 2
DALLAS, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning Nov. 2, AT&T* will give everyday people the chance to live like James Bond with the launch of the Sony Xperia™ TL for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. Featured in the upcoming 007 film, Skyfall, Xperia TL features Sony’s best HD capture and viewing experiences and the ability to share content across multiple devices through One-touch connectivity with near field communication (NFC). A look at Xperia TL’s features in action is available in this video.
The Xperia TL’s 13-megapixel primary camera brings even the smallest of details to life. This high resolution fast capture camera takes quality images swiftly with its quick launch feature, going from standby mode (sleep) to first shot in just 1.5 seconds, making sure life’s unexpected moments are not missed. Plus, both the rear and front-facing cameras deliver HD recording capabilities for vivid video capture on the go.
Xperia TL offers Sony’s best HD viewing on a smartphone with a superb 4.6-inch HD Reality Display (1280 x 720), powered by the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine for razor sharp clarity and brilliance. The viewing experience on Xperia TL is accentuated by a stylish, sleek form factor that emphasizes the display. For those looking to take their content from their smartphone screen to the TV screen, Xperia TL connects through HDMI with MHL support or wirelessly through DLNA.
To make enjoying content across devices even easier, Xperia TL supports One-touch connectivity with NFC. Now, you can conveniently and instantaneously enjoy your music and photos across an array of NFC enabled devices by simply touching one to another to establish a wireless connection without a cumbersome pairing process. To get started with the One-touch experience, Xperia TL comes with one Xperia SmartTag in the box. Using NFC technology, Xperia SmartTags let you perform a variety of customizable functions for different locations and situations.
Featured in the upcoming James Bond cinema release Skyfall, Xperia TL will be used in the film by 007 himself. As the official Bond phone, it will come preloaded with exclusive Bond content which includes behind the scenes footage, interviews, clips, wallpapers, ring tones, and more.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network**, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
For more information, please visit www.att.com/xperiatl.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** 4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
***Actual size of screen is approximately 4.55″.[/press]