Sony has published details of its new flagship smartphone, the Xperia SL, on its website, leading to speculation that the device will appear at the IFA technology show in Berlin next week.
The device is yet to receive a concrete release date and is currently listed as "coming soon". The SL is the follow up to Sony's current flagship smartphone, the Xperia S, and promises to boast two key upgrades over its predecessor.
These include a faster 1.7GHz dual-core processor and the inclusion of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
Despite being a marked upgrade on the S, which features a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and is preloaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the device still falls behind competitor devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, which both feature quad-core processors.
The SL doesn't boast many other new features, coming with the same 4.3in 720x1280 touchscreen, 12.1MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, 32GB of internal storage and 1750mAh battery seen on the Xperia S.
The lack of changes to the battery, which on the S proved poor – regularly not making it through a full day's use without needing a charge – has led to some concerns regarding the new Xperia's battery life.
Check back with V3 soon for a full look at Sony's newest smartphone.
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