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Comparison – Sony Xperia Z vs Sony Xperia ZL

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Sony’s return to the smartphone playing field earlier this year brought about a certain buzz when it unveiled a pair of flagship devices at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013. And we are going to line them both up to see the obvious and not-so-obvious difference between the company’s Xperia Z and Xperia ZL.


Despite sharing similar designs, the Xperia Z is taller and flashier variant here. But the Xperia ZL is the more compact version of the two. The Xperia Z comes with a heavily touted IP57 water and dust resistant chassis, while the ZL sacrificed water/dust resistance for a smaller body. Just to add to its resilience, both are covered on the front and back by durable tempered glass, where the front is Dragontrail Glass from Asahi Glass Company and the back is Corning Gorilla Glass.

xperia z vs xperia zl specs

 Xperia Z vs Xperia ZL



That aside, both devices pack 5-inch full HD Reality Display with 441ppi improved with the company’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2. So they have similarly high quality market leading displays, and judging from older Xperia screens, both phones should offer up a great visual fest.

Expect similar performances from the phones too, as they both share a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro 1.5GHz processor along with 2GB of RAM. Inside there is 16GB of internal memory, and a microSD memory card slot to expand it. The Xperia Z sports a battery stamina mode that Sony says increases its standby time up to 4 times.

Both smartphones sport NFC (Near Field Connectivity), WiFi and Bluetooth, xLOUD Entertainment, the usual set of sensors, DLNA Certification, GPS receiver supporting a-GPS and GLONASS.


They is likely to be similar functionality too, as both come out of the box with Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean).

The Jellybean build has the primary aim of improving the functionality and performance of the user interface. The performance improvement involves “Project Butter”, which uses touch anticipation, triple buffering, and extended vsync timing and a fixed frame rate of 60 fps to create a fluid and “buttery-smooth” UI.

Per usual, Sony’s custom skin is top of both devices, so you can expect Sony’s Media applications – Walkman, Album and Videos. NFC allows ‘one touch’ to mirror what is on both smartphones to compatible TVs or play music on a wireless speaker.

The Xperia XL sports infrared/IrDA functionality, which could easily turn it into a remote control for various devices at home.


The Xperia siblings carry similar 13-megapixel camera augmented with Exmor R technology, capable of recording videos in full HD resolution, with auto-focus, flash, HDR (High Dynamic Range). Sony’s Exmor R imager were largely lauded so you probably can’t go wrong here. On the front, the Xperia Z has a 2.2-megapixel camera while the Xperia ZL has a 2-megapixel one.


If choosing between the Xperia phones seem difficult, we believe their price points are the perfect indicator of which device you need.

The Xperia Z is the sleeker device and Sony threw in a few things that will make sure it is less susceptible to the elements as well as with a unique OmniBalance design – translating into rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides.

Meanwhile, its more compact sibling while lacking a few features that its water-resistant sibling has, is no slouch. Plus it is much more affordable too.

The table below highlights the different specs of Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL

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