AT&T to launch Sony Xperia TL soon

Bond phone will feature NFC and LTE

Xperia TL for AT&T
The Xperia TL for AT&T will feature a 4.55-in HD display.

AT&T will soon launch Sony's Xperia TL smartphone, which features Near Field Communication (NFC) as well as LTE wireless. Pricing was not announced.

Sony announced the Xperia T series of smartphones in late August at the IFA show in Berlin, along with Xperia V and Xperia T smartphones and a new Xperia Tablet S. The devices were touted as one way in which Sony is "accelerating its turnaround" in mobile technology.

The Xperia TL version -- an exclusive to AT&T -- will run over LTE and the faster HSPA network that AT&T has deployed in the U.S. The Xperia TL includes an LTE chip, unlike the non-LTE Xperia T devices that are launching worldwide from Sony, according to an AT&T spokeswoman.

AT&T has been heavily promoting its LTE capabilities, along with HSPA (which AT&T calls 4G). AT&T carries the iPhone 5, the first iPhone to offer LTE wireless access. In all, AT&T reaches more than 70 cities with LTE, and is testing the service in other markets. It expects to offer LTE in 100 U.S. cities by the end of 2012.

The Xperia TL's main attraction is expected to be a 4.55-in HD display (1080 x 720 pixels) and a very high quality primary camera rated at 13 megapixels. With NFC, users will be able to transfer data and images with a touch to other NFC-ready devices.

The device uses a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which will be upgradeable to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) after launch.

Xperia TL will launch "soon," a spokeswoman said. It is the featured phone in the upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall, which opens Nov. 9.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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