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Sony Xperia Z and ZL official pics leak ahead of CES launch

Sony's flagship phone for 2013 breaks cover, a quad-core beauty with a 5-inch 1080p screen. The Xperia ZL is more mysterious, however...

Zillions of zany zithering Zapotecs! as Captain Haddock might have cursed, were he presented with these apparently leaked press pics of the Sony Xperia Z and ZL.

Spotted by Xperia Blog and Unwired View, the shots are our first proper look at Sony's flagship phone for 2013. The Xperia Z is the official name for the phone we've previously heard about codenamed Yuga, a 5-inch 1080p behemoth with a quad-core processor.

The ZL is a slightly smaller variant, but it looks to have the same size screen. It's likely to be the mobile codenamed Odin we heard about a few months back. It may be a cheaper version with lesser specs, or 4G, or be waterproof, and it's possible it may not come to the UK. Details are thin on the ground.

As Engadget points out, the ZL's front-facing camera is at the bottom right, so your Skype chums will get a good look up your right nostril, unless you turn it sideways.

The two phones will almost certainly be unveiled next Monday at the gargantuan tech extravaganza that is CES in Las Vegas. Sony's press conference is scheduled for Monday night, so expect to read all about it early Tuesday morning UK time.

I've previously pointed out the plethora of 5-inch 1080p Android phones heading our way -- 2013 will be a high-definition avalanche. If every manufacturer's flagship phone is the same size, with very similar specs, it'll be tough for any of them to make an impression. The upside is for Android app developers, who should find it much easier to support the most popular phones of the year.

Sony will be hoping the Z and ZL continue its upwards curve, however -- while Samsung dominates among Android makers, Sony was the best of the rest last year, overtaking HTC in UK sales.

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