Sony Xperia ZL UI

Forced to live in the shadow of its almost identical twin, the Sony Xperia ZL is apparently looking to break out and enjoy its own 15 minutes of fame. Mostly ignored by the press last month, the non-waterproofer captured the spotlight a couple of weeks ago, when its impressive screen to body ratio was revealed.

And yet ZL’s shot at glory never looked too strong, mostly due to its supposed delayed release compared with the Z. But now the two are set to be on (almost) even ground in parts of Europe, if we are to trust a report emerging from Russia.

Mother Russia is scheduled to get the Xperia ZL in “early March” and chances are several other countries on the old continent will follow suit sooner rather than later. Pricing doesn’t sound too hot, at 27,000 rubles or $880, but the Z is worth almost 3,000 rubles extra ($100), so that’s only fair we guess.

Sony Xperia Z vs Sony Xperia ZL [aa] (1)

Meanwhile, the only other countries where the ZL has an ETA are still Germany and Canada. Both were said to get the ZL no sooner than April, but you probably want to get your ducks in a row earlier if you’re thinking of picking this bad boy up.

The German price tag is rumored to be €599.99 ($785), while up north the handheld should go for no more than $700 off-contract. Maybe even $650 if you’re really lucky.

Just as a quick recap, let’s say the ZL is due out with a splendid 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear-facing camera, 16 GB of on-board storage space, microSD support, a 2,370 mAh battery and 4G LTE speeds. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be buttering up the device upon launch, with a 4.2 upgrade scheduled for “soon after”.