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Sony Xperia UL Launches in Japan – Thicker Xperia Z?

Sony has launched the latest Xperia handset in Japan today and after a few leaks, the Sony Xperia UL is now an official handset in the company’s native Japan.

Last week some leaked information and images appeared online surrounding the Xperia UL and it didn’t take Sony long to confirm that the handset was real by announcing the latest Android OS running smartphone to the world.

The Xperia UL appears to be a slightly thicker version of the flagship Sony Xperia Z with its similar 5-inch 1080p display and a quad-core 1.5GHz S4 Pro processor plus a pretty decent 13MP camera that offers up the ability to capture 15 frames in a second.

One of the major differences in the handset (apart from the size) is the inclusion of an actual physical camera button on the side of the handset that means users can use the waterproof aspect of the phone to capture underwater images.

As we stated the handset is water (IP55/58) and dust resistance (IP5X) resistant like the Xperia Z.

There is no news on the Xperia UL landing anywhere near Europe or the US, but apart from the physical camera key we can’t see a massive need for a fatter version of the Xperia Z. Especially when a new Xperia ZR is already on its way.

However, the handset will be going on sale in Japan in white, black and hot pink colour variants from the 25th May.