Guess Sony’s spectacular Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact handhelds are old news already, as the excitement is slowly but steadily shifting towards a mystery big guy carrying the D6503 model number. This is allegedly known on the inside as “Sirius” and may debut at next month’s MWC either as a ZL follow-up or Z1 sequel.
Since the first-gen ZL, introduced to the world at CES 2013 alongside the Xperia Z, was codenamed C6503, odds are the D6503 is not the Xperia Z2 after all, but rather a ZL 2 (ZM? ZL Plus?).
Whatever it is, it certainly looks sleeker and cooler than the Z1, as you can tell from the side-by-side comparison posted by an XDA forum member in the know. As the photos are crystal clear and obviously very fresh, there’s no way we’re dealing with a hoax, so it’s nearly set in stone Sony has some kind of big press announcement in store for the Mobile World Congress.
Just don’t expect Sirius to be such an extreme revamping of Sony’s 2013 spearheads. It’s a tad larger, at 5.2 inches or so, rocks slightly slimmer bezels than the Z1, however it reportedly keeps the display resolution and processing speed bars at the same level: 1,080p and quad-core Snapdragon 800.
One little upgrade on the horizon is a RAM boost, from 2 to 3 gigs, whereas on the software side of things Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to run the show, sidekicked by a brand new Xperia user interface. Sounds decent, but Sony can probably do better. Much, much better.