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Sony ups its smartphone game

Meet the big-screened Xperia ZL. For the unsubsidized price of $760, this unlocked handset offers quite a bit, including a massive 5-inch full-HD screen and an excellent imaging system.

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Unlocking the ZL

You unlock the Xperia ZL by flicking your finger upward. Swiping the camera and music icons to the center of the screen also works and jumps directly to their associated apps.

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Weather when you want it

Onboard the Sony Xperia ZL is a handy weather widget.

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A lovely screen

With a big 5-inch full-HD screen (1,920x1,080 pixels), watching video and viewing photos on the Sony Xperia ZL is very enjoyable.

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A sole headphone port

The top edge of the Sony Xperia ZL holds a lone 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Buttons in a line

The Sony Xperia ZL's right side houses all the phone's physical controls, including volume, power, and a dedicated camera key.

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A back that's plastic

Unlike the more premium Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia ZL has a plastic back. Also here are the 13MP main camera and LED flash.

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USB on the left

The left side of the Sony Xperia ZL houses a Micro-USB port for charging and transferring files.

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Peek under the flap

Underneath a flap located on the Xperia ZL's back are slots for microSD and SIM cards.

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A capable camera app

The Sony Xperia ZL's camera app features plenty of shooting modes and extra features.

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