I’ve been asked to compare the Sony Xperia ZL and Xperia Z, so in this post I will talk about the differences between the two devices. Although they having almost the same specs, there are some differences that you should be aware of that might convince you to buy the Xperia Z instead of the ZL or vice versa.
Both the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL both have a very similar specs but certainly have their differences. They both uses the same 5.0-inch Full HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with a shutter proof and scratch-resistant glass. They both use the same 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, same front-facing a 13MP and rear-facing 2MP cameras, 16GB onboard storage, 4G LTE connectivity and a microSD card slot. So both the ZL and Z are identical in their performance and use the same Adreno 320 GPU. Both phones come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and can be upgraded to 4.2.
So what are the differences between the Xperia Z and ZL?
Let’s take a look..
|Xperia Z||Xperia ZL||Notes|
|Dimensions||139 x 71 x 7.9 mm|
5.47 x 2.79 x 0.31 inches
|131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm|
5.18 x 2.7 x 0.39 inches
|The Xperia ZL is smaller in size and more comfortable to hold in the hands|
|Although larger, the Xperia Z weights less than the ZL by 6 grams|
|Water Resistant||IPX5/7 (water-resistant) & IP5X (Dust-ptoof)|
water resistant up to 1 meter depth for around 30 minutes.
|N/A||Xperia Z a more durable device due to its water and dust resistance properties and the ports are hidden instead of being open and covered with water-tight seals|
|Design||- Dragontrail Glass** back from Asahi Glass Company|
- Corning Gorilla Glass front**
- Volume button at the center-right position
- Flat back side
Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass (From sonymobile.com website)
|- Mate or textured back|
- Volume button at the top-right position
- Rounded back side
Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass (From sonymobile.com website).
|**There is a big confusing about which type of glass the Xperia Z uses, what I wrote was based on this article on GSMArena.
It doesn't state which type of glass the Xperia ZL uses, but it is speculated to be as tough as the Gorilla offering
|SIM Card Position||Below the power button||At the back behind a slot flap (where you can also put the microSD card)|
|Dedicated Camera Shutter Button||N/A||At the lower right side of the device|
|Infrared||N/A||IR Blaster||XL comes with a built-in app to configure the IR remote control using a simple wizard. You can control your TV, Satellite Set-Top box, VCR, DVR, DVD player and other devices.|
|Contact Points||Yes||N/A||Xperia Z has contact points on the upper-left side so you can attach it to an optional charging dock|
|Front Camera placement||Upper-left corner||lower-right corner|
|Speaker Placement||Top back side||Lower right side||The lower right side is probably not a good positioning for the speaker because you can block it with your hands|
|Camera Resolution||Front-facing: 2.2 MP|
Rear-facing: 13.1 MP
|Front-facing: 2 MP|
Rear-facing: 13 MP
|A negligible difference in resolution. Many site reports this difference in resolution, including PR websites that I've checked, although on Sony website it states the same resolution 13MP and 2MP. I didn't dig deeper but I assume that you can see the two as identical cameras|
|microSD||up to 32GB||up to 64GB||It seems that you can use a 64GB cards on the Xperia Z -check this article|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery|
Stand-by: Up to 550 h (2G) / Up to 530 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 14 h (3G)
Music play: Up to 40 h
|Non-removable Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery|
Stand-by:Up to 500 h (2G) / Up to 500 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 10 h (2G) / Up to 13 h (3G)
Music play: Up to 40 h
|Xperia Z has better battery life tested for stand-by and talk time|
|White Balance Calibration (Adjust the white balance of your display)||via a new firmware update (more information here||Yes||The Xperia Z didn't come with the white balance calibration in the initial firmware version, but it's now available when you update your Xperia Z firmware|
Here are some Xperia Z vs Xperia ZL comparison video that I found on YouTube and I think that you will find it informative as well.
Also check out the Xperia Z water test!
Both the Xperia Z and ZL are amazing smartphones, and has you can see that their are several differences that might convince you to get one model over the other.