By Stephen Schenck | August 2, 2012 3:48 PM
Feeling a little déjà vu? We just got to look at the international version of the Motorola RAZR HD yesterday, and early today shared some leaked press shots of the upcoming Sony Xperia SL. Today, though, some brand-new imagery arrives, giving us our best look yet at the Verizon version of that Motorola – the Droid RAZR HD – as well as what seem to be the first in-the-wild pics of the Xperia SL.
The new Droid RAZR HD shots really highlight the texture Motorola gets with its Kevlar backplates. We’re curious why the source behind these images chose to black-out “Verizon” on the back there, as the phone clearly uses the company’s stylized LTE logo and shows the carrier’s name on its About screen. We’ve yet to get much of a sense for when the handset might launch, but by all appearances, it should be nearly ready. Software builds dating back to May suggest that Verizon’s had ample time to test the phone, but without anything like a leaked roadmap to consult, we can’t say if it’s going to be a matter of weeks or months.
The Xperia SL has the same crisp, clean lines as the original. You may prefer a more rounded-off handset like the GS3, but there’s no denying that Sony’s put a lot of effort here into seeing its own design goals realized. The SL is basically just a speedier version of the S, which makes it a bit less interesting than the RAZR HD with its much-improved screen, especially as it still runs the same SoC, just at a higher clock rate. Still, if you haven’t already picked up an Xperia S, the SL will present a superior alternative.