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Sony Xperia Yuga and Odin pictured officially as Xperia Z and ZL

To the gadget lover, January is an extremely exciting time of year. The annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off the year with a plethora of new devices from the big name manufacturers in Las Vegas, and we’ve got high hopes. Unfortunately for Sony, two of its new smartphones have made an early appearance.

To be fair, we’ve heard plenty about these two phones before – you’ll probably know them as the Sony ‘Yuga’ and ‘Odin’, which are their codenames. Sony looks set to officially reveal both as new flagship smartphones for 2013 at CES under the names Xperia Z and Xperia ZL.

We’ve seen unofficial pictures before, but now both phones are shown in all their glory in official press shots. The Xperia Z is the top dog with a large 5-inch screen that rocks an impressive Full HD 1080p resolution, which looks set to be the new trend for high-end smartphones. It’s also said to rock a 12-megapixel rear camera with plenty of Sony’s camera expertise bundled in – the likes of an Exmor R sensor are expected to be found.

The Xperia ZL, or ‘Odin’ as it has been known, is also rumoured to sport a 5-inch Full HD LCD display, 12-megapixel rear camera and quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM.

The difference between the two looks to be shape and design; the ZL is much more compact and square whereas the Z is longer and thinner. From the press shots it also looks as though the ZL rocks a physical camera button on the side, a glowing LED at the bottom for notifications and strangely, a front facing camera in the bottom right corner.

Both phones should be officially revealed between January 8-11 at CES 2013, so stay tuned for more news.

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