Xperia ZL

The Sony Xperia ZL has been listed for pre-order at Sony's U.S. store for some time, but today brings the first official word on pricing for the North American Sony flagship. According to Sony's store listing page, two models will be offered. The first, C6502, will come with pentaband HSPA+ connectivity, whereas the more expensive C6506 will pack those same radios in addition to LTE on Bands 2, 4, 5 and 17. That should get you up and running on AT&T's LTE, as well as T-Mobile's when it launches -- along with a bunch of Canadian carriers.

Unfortunately neither model will be cheap -- the HSPA+ version will sell for $720, while its LTE-capable sibling will cost a whopping $760. Nevertheless, with no carrier deals in sight, it appears this is the only way you'll be able to get your hands on an Xperia ZL in the U.S.

On the hardware side, the Xperia ZL mirrors its international cousin the Xperia Z. Inside there's a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display, as well as Sony's new 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera. However the ZL trades water resistance and an all-glass design for a smaller footprint, a more ergonomic fit and a physical camera button. For more on the Euro-centric Xperia Z, be sure to check out our full review.

Source: Sony Store

 

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Sony Xperia ZL officially priced in the U.S.

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Major fail. WTF? Sony wants to get back in the game with a nice phone and this is how you do it, by pricing it higher than any unlocked smartphone out there (past or present)? I expected this price from 3rd party online stores, but not from Sony direct.

And good luck betting on AT&T for on-contract sales, I've yet to see a single (A SINGLE) Sony phone on display at my two local AT&T stores for the past 2 years.

+1.
With HTC One and S4 'round' the corner - this is an epic fail. Just when I was thinking Sony would bring their A game to the table - they give us this s***.
Anyway, I see this racing to $0.01 via 2 yr contract soon :)

Even that model in the shower can't get me to shell out $760 for this phone. Too bad...I might have considered 450-500. Oh well, I guess wait a few months because the prices for this used will drop like a rock.

these look like a bad Clie from 10+ years ago. Sony needs to hire some new designers and engineers asap before they completely destroy the brand and the company.

See that blue light?
My PlayStation 3D monitor has the same thing.

I'd get this if I wasn't saving up for the PS4.

+1 for losing the all glass design! If you make the phone breakable it needs a case. If you have it in a case the cosmetic appeal of the glass on the back is irrelevant. *There is nothing wrong with good plastic people!!!!*

Priced high? You are getting a 5" 1080p display, 2G of RAM, a great camera, and an excellent quad-core processor. Who knows, maybe AT&T will offer it on contract.

I think Sony did a great job on the ZL. I'm not sure what looks so bad about it. I like the way it doesn't have much wasted space at the top or bottom. In fact, does any other smartphone have less? It sure doesn't look like any Clie that I remember.

"Priced high? You are getting a 5" 1080p display, 2G of RAM, a great camera, and an excellent quad-core processor."

Comments like these always make me laugh. Justify the price by touting specs in complete isolation.

Let's see, for the same ~$750, I could buy an Ultrabook with a 15 inch HD screen, 6G of ram, hybrid 1TB hard + 24G SSD drive, a full Windows OS and an even more excellent Core i7 processor.

I know there's a cost in miniaturization, but smartphones aren't a niche market by a long shot anymore, and models like the Nexus 4 are perfect evidence that smartphones don't need to cost a fortune. Prices like these are pure, absolute, profiteering, nothing more. They're only sustained by non-thinking people willing to shell out ever more money for the "NEXT BIG THING" because OMG, it's THE NEXT BIG THING!!.

"...models like the Nexus 4 are perfect evidence that smartphones don't need to cost a fortune."
I don't think the Nexus 4 is a good example to make your point. At only $300 off contract it's likely being significantly subsidized by Google. The LG G, nearly the same phone, would probably be a better choice. It's $550 off contract.

Ain't no profit coming with this phone...

Who would buy this when the S4 and One will be around 550 or so off contract? Maybe Sony has so much business they are trying to hold it back.. ?

Oooh. So close, but so far. I would've rather had this than the S4 or the Z, but not at that price.

Sony ALWAYS prices their products about $100 or more over the competition with either the same or similar specs.. They feel it makes their product look/feel more "premium". Since when has Sony ever been cheap or affordable compared to other brands? Never.

This pricing makes no sense to me given that the 6502 (HSPA+) is readily available from several importers under $650, and a few under $600. With the developers edition of the HTC One priced at $650, it would seem Sony has priced the ZL out of the market.

This is definitely bad pricing, the price really should have been between $599-$650.

As other people pointed out, the HTC One Developer Edition is $650. Being $70 more for an HSPA only version and $110 more for the LTE version is just Sony shooting themselves in the foot.

The ZL LTE version can be purchased online for under $600 with no tax at certain retailers. Definitely the price it should be at. Remember that $760 is just MSRP.