Good news for folks that dig Sony's Xperia S but wish that it had a speedier processor, as Sony looks set to make that wish come true. The handset you see above is dubbed the Sony Xperia SL (model number LT26ii), and while it looks pretty much the same as the Xperia S on the outside, the SL's received a few notable changes. The Xperia S shipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 MSM8260 processor, and while the Xperia SL is said to have the same processor, the SL's is reportedly clocked at 1.7GHz. Other Xperia SL additions include having Android 4.0.4 preloaded and coming in silver and pink color options (shown in render form at ePrice) in addition to the black and white bodies that the Xperia S launched in.
Outside of those few alterations, the Xperia SL is said to be similar to the Xperia S, meaning you're looking at a 4.3-inch 720x1280 display, 1GB RAM, 32GB storage, 12-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. As for when you'll actually be able to buy one, well, that's still a mystery. However, Sony is holding an event in Berlin on August 29 right before IFA 2012 kicks off, so it's possible that we'll hear more about the Xperia SL (and maybe that recently-leaked Xperia Tablet) then. Until then, you can check out a shot of the silver Xperia SL's backside below and several more photos of the device over at GSMArena.