Sony Xperia ZL vs Xperia Z – Differences

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 and ZL size comparison

Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL size comparison (via mobiledevicesize.com)

 
Xperia Z
Xperia ZL
Notes
Dimensions139 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
Weight146 grams
5.15 oz
151 grams
5.33 ounces
Although larger, the Xperia Z weights less than the ZL by 6 grams
Water ResistantIPX5/7 (water-resistant) & IP5X (Dust-ptoof)

water resistant up to 1 meter depth for around 30 minutes.
N/AXperia 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).

Xperia ZL curved back side
**There is a big confusing about which type of glass the Xperia Z uses, what I wrote was based on
SIM Card PositionBelow the power buttonAt the back behind a slot flap (where you can also put the microSD card)
Dedicated Camera Shutter ButtonN/AAt the lower right side of the device

Xperia ZL camera button
InfraredN/AIR BlasterXL 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 PointsYes

Xperia Z contact points and microSD slot
N/AXperia Z has contact points on the upper-left side so you can attach it to an optional charging dock
Front Camera placementUpper-left corner

front camera position, Xperia Z and ZL
lower-right corner
Speaker PlacementTop back side

Xperia Z and ZL speaker location
Lower right sideThe lower right side is probably not a good positioning for the speaker because you can block it with your hands
Camera ResolutionFront-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
microSDup to 32GBup to 64GBIt seems that you can use a 64GB cards on the Xperia Z -check this article
BatteryNon-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 hereYesThe 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
Price

The ZL is cheaper

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.

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  • Abid Ahmad July 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I want one mobail for games and apps who is best for me i have three choice xperiaZL or iphone5 or htc one whois the best for me plz tell me about its market games apps ok

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