Difference between HTC One X+ and Sony Xperia ZL

Key Difference: The HTC One X+ sports a 4.7-inch super LCD 2 touch screen with approximately 312 ppi pixel density, meaning the screen is pretty awesome and it does not show any pixels. The device is powered by 1.7 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 process making it faster than the original HTC One X. The Sony Xperia ZL is very similar to its counterpart the Xperia Z; however, it differs in some aspects and is also believed that it will be offered for a lower price compared to the Z. Sony has managed to make the ZL even smaller and more compact compared to the Z.

HTC is a popular smartphone company and has been touted for many beautifully designed phones. The phones are smart, sleek and to the point with no extra marketing gimmick. HTC maintains this with the launch of the HTC One X+. The HTC One X+ is a new phone that shares many similarities to its big brother the HTC One X; however, it also shines in many places where the predecessor shied. The HTC One X+ is basically an upgraded version of the HTC One X and hit the market in November 2012.

The HTC One X+ sports a 4.7-inch super LCD 2 touch screen with approximately 312 ppi pixel density, meaning the screen is pretty awesome and it does not show any pixels. The screen has excellent resolution and shows sharp and crisp clear photos and videos. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 that keeps it from getting minor day-to-day scratches. The device is sleek and thin in general, but has put on a little extra weight (5 grams) compared to the original One X. The phone is covered in a soft-touch polycarbonate plastic chassis that has smooth curved corners. The soft matte plastic makes it easy to grip the phone and keeps it from slipping through the fingers. The phone comes incorporated with the HTC Sense UI v4+, which is basically a combination of the HTC Sense and Jelly Bean. The combination of the two provides additional features such as: Google Now, Voice search, faster screen navigation, new gallery app (organizes photos by events and location) and HTC Get Started (allows PC to configure the phone faster).

The device is powered by 1.7 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 process making it faster than the original HTC One X. The faster processor allows seamless transitions between apps and makes the device smooth to work with. There was no hindering or jerking when operating the device.  The One X+ comes installed with Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) right out of the box. The device comes with 32 and 64 GB internal storage capacity that is not expandable and 1 GB RAM.

The device houses an 8 MP rear camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor, along with a 1.6 MP front camera for video conferencing. The front camera also has a countdown features that counts down to the moment the picture is being taken to ensure that the user is camera ready. The camera comes with many additional features that help the phone stand out against all the other devices. The features include: F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, Dedicated HTC ImageChip, VideoPic, Continuous shooting, Smart Flash, Sightseeing mode, Video stabilization, Slow motion video capture and playback and ImageSense. The ImageSense allows the phone to take faster and the best photos under any lighting. The VideoPic is a new feature that allows users to take images while recording a video as well as taking an image when playing an already recorded video. The Smart Flash provides five levels of flash that adjust automatically when trying to take a shot, while the Sightseeing mode allows the camera to be handy during outings, so that it can be easily accessible.

The device houses a non-removable 2100 mAh Lithium-ion Polymer battery, which according to tests by many review website, dies pretty quickly. When fully-working the battery does not even last a whole day. However, no official data has been released by the company regarding the Talk-time and the Stand-by time. The company has also added the Beats Audio sound enhancement to its speakers as well as headset and it can be turned on and off by the user. The phone has been a popular hit with many that require a good sturdy budgeted phone with an excellent camera.

The Sony Xperia ZL is very similar to its counterpart the Xperia Z; however, it differs in some aspects and is also believed that it will be offered for a lower price compared to the Z. Sony has managed to make the ZL even smaller and more compact compared to the Z. The ZL maintains the 5-inch display in the dimensions 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm. The ZL offers the same processor, internal storage capacity, RAM and software. The ZL is also available with 4.1 Jelly upgradeable to v4.2.  The ZL is also slightly heavier than the Z but it does not make that big of a dent on the design.

The major difference is ZL does not offer the dust and water resistance that is boasted by the Z. However, it does offer shatter-proof sheet and scratch-resistance glass on the front.  The back isn’t the glass that is available in the Z but has a matte or textured finish, making it easier and more comfortable to hold. The ZL also has slight differences in button and SIM slow placement. The SIM and microSD card slots are placed on the bottom lower of the back panel, while in the Z the slots are placed above the power button on the right hand side. The ZL also offers a dedicated camera button which is not available in its big brother. The ZL also lacks contact points which are available with the Z. The contact points allow the phone to be connected to a charging dock that is sold separately. The placement of the front camera also differs. The front camera in the Z was located on left-hand corner, while in the ZL it is located in the right-hand corner. However, this does not make a difference when using the phone for video conferencing. Two new features that the ZL boasts is infrared/IrDA functionality and one-touch mirroring. The IR feature allows the phone to be used as a remote with any device that supports IR and one-touch mirroring allows the phone to send, receive and play audio and video files by touching another device that supports the feature. The ZL has yet to be launched and the price has also not been fixed for the device.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from HTC website, Sony Mobile website and GSMArena.com.

 

HTC One X+

Xperia ZL

Launch Date

November 2012

April 2013

Company

HTC

Sony Mobile

Size

134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9mm

131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm

Display

4.7 inch super LCD 2 touch screen

5 inch scratch-resistant TFT

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels (~312 ppi pixel density)

1920x1080 pixels, (~441 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass.

Weight

135 grams

151 g (5.33 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - C6502, C6503, C6506

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - for AT&T

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - C6502, C6506

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6503

4G Network

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - for AT&T

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - C6506

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - C6503

GUI

HTC Sense UI v4+

Timescape UI

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Quad-core NVIDIA® Tegra® 3

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

GPU

ULP GeForce 2

Adreno 320

OS

Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

NVIDIA Tegra 3 AP37

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

RAM

1 GB

2GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

32/64 GB

Up to 16 GB

Expandable Memory

No

up to 32 GB

Sensors

Gyro sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC capable, Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth with aptX™ enabled, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA®, micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection

4G LTE (100 mbps), GPS, GLONASS, USB, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA and MHL.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, Infrared port and USB

Speed

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps - Global version / HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and flash

Secondary Camera

1.6 megapixel front camera (720p for video recording)

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

Video

1080p HD video recording

HD video recording (1080p) at 30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer

Camera Features

  • F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip
  • VideoPic
  • Continuous shooting
  • Smart Flash
  • Sightseeing mode
  • Video stabilization
  • Slow motion video capture and playback
  • ImageSense
  • Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
  • Face detection
  • Geotagging
  • Image stabiliser
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Self timer
  • Send to web
  • Sony’s Exmor™ R for mobile CMOS sensor
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

Beats Audio

xLoud Experience

Audio supported formats

.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

Video supported formats

.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

Battery Capacity

Non-removable 2100 mAh Li-ion Polymer battery

Non-removable 2370 mAh Li-Ion battery

Talktime

No official data released

Up to 10 hours

Standby Time

No official data released

Up to 500 hours

Available Colors

Black, White

Black, White, Red

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

Browser

HTML5, Adobe Flash

HTML5

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

GPS  with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Java with Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Tap-and-go function
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS applications
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input
  • HTC Watch 2.0
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • One-touch mirroring
  • IR Remote
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded Google applications

Image Courtesy: htc.com, sonymobile.com

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