Like its predecessor, the SL is also based on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, but this time it is clocked at 1.7GHz. It retains the same 4.3-inch 720p screen and 12-megapixel camera. Unlike the S, the SL ships with ICS out of the box.
Granted, it is still not in the same league as quad-core superphones from Samsung or HTC, but it is a decent effort. Better yet, the old Xperia S is already a bargain and it could get even cheaper as the SL is introduced.