Xperia UL Brings 15-frame Burst Photography to Pockets

Following up on the May 15 launch of its Xperia A handset for NTT DoCoMo subscribers, Sony unveiled a handset that goes a few notches above it on the specs sheet, the Xperia UL. Bearing near-identical looks, to its carrier-exclusive sibling, the Xperia UL offers a faster processor, NFC, and 15-frame burst photography to complement the 13.1-megapixel Exmor-RS based camera.

Xperia UL features a 5-inch screen with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. The phone is overall thicker than the Xperia Z (10.5 mm), it retains the water- and dust- resistance (IPX5/8 and IP5X compliance), and is available in black, white, and pink color options. The big camera lens on its back is neighbored by a common LED flash.

Under its hood, the Xperia UL is a different beast from the Xperia Z, and even the lookalike Xperia A. It is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core SoC, while the other two pack older Snapdragon S4 Pro fare. The newer chip is backed by 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of memory. The phone uses the same 2,300 mAh battery as the Xperia A. Customized Android 4.1 is at the helm.

The Xperia UL will be available initially through Japanese carrier au.