You Can Get James Bond's Phone November 2nd

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Okay, so Sony isn't making a new Nexus phone, but it is making a phone that looks pretty sweet when you're running around killing bad guys and seducing Russian models. The upcoming Xperia TL will be 007's phone of choice in the upcoming film Skyfall. It looks like a solid piece of kit.

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The rundown: It's got a 4.6 inch Bravia HD Reality Display (1280 x 720), an impressive 13MP camera, NFC, and LTE. It will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) with Sony's custom UI on top. It's pretty similar to the Xperia Ion, which could have been a good phone, but it was just so damn slow. Good news on that front: the Xperia TL will have Qualcomm's newer and much faster dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (the Ion had the S3), which should hopefully take care of the slowness problem, though it isn't as fast as the quad-core S4 Pro, which is in LG's super-fast Optimus G.

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The Xperia TL will be exclusive to AT&T and will go on sale November 2nd for $100 with a two year contract. If the phone measures up to the specs, that would be a pretty sweet deal. You can expect our full review soon. Hope Bond has better taste in phones than he does in mixed drinks. [Sony]

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[SCENE: MI6 R&D lab; techs in white lab coats testing out various gadgetry in the background. Q and 007 are shown examining modifications on a brand-new Aston Martin before walking to a table in the foreground.

Q: [audio fades in as pair walk toward camera] ... just remember that you have a license to kill, not a license to break the traffic laws. And over here, double-oh-seven, we have your new mobile.

007: I assume it fires lasers or self-destructs, or pilots my car remotely?

Q: No, don't be stupid. We've done all of those things before.

007: Then it somehow interfaces with my neural network, feeding the information I need directly to my brain?

Q:No, much better than that. We've been working on this for quite some time. This is a highly-specced smartphone, produced by a major personal electronics company, running a version of its operating system that is more than a year old, that will soon be outdated by two iterations! [Turns and smiles eagerly at 007, waiting for reaction]

007: [Stares blankly at Q, fiddles with sidearm absent-mindedly]

Q: Whenever you're in a tight spot, simply lay your phone on the table, announce that you just bought this phone and that it's running 4.0.whatever, and immediately everyone in the room will stop whatever they're doing and argue about the benefits of an open development system versus the drawbacks of fragmentation.

007: [Blank stare continues, still fiddling with sidearm]

Q: Half of the room will be complaining about how it's missing the smoothness of Project Butter and the utility of Google Now and how it's ridiculous that a phone from a major manufacturer could be released with an OS that will soon be two versions behind. The other half will point out that it still has more capabilities than its competitors, and that it's largely the same as the current version anyway, and that complaining about fragmentation is silly! It's the perfect decoy!

007: [Looks down at sidearm for several seconds, then looks back at Q. Finally shrugs and walks out of the room.]

Q: [Calling after 007 as the door closes behind him] We'll talk about customizing your homescreen wallpaper and ringtones later, then!