Difference between Sony Xperia L and Xperia Z

Key difference: The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM. The Xperia Z is a bar phone that is available with 5 inch TFT touch screen that has approximately 441 ppi pixel density that produces a sharp and clear display. The phone sports 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait, 2GB RAM with up to 16 GB internal memory storage capacity and up to 32 GB expandable storage available.

Smartphones have taken over the world! It has become a trend, a necessity and a way of life. They have made it easier to do everything on the go, from e-mailing, video conferencing, to writing up a report or a project. There isn’t anything you cannot do these days with a smartphone. But alas, similar to all technological devices, the software and features start to become outdated as new features and software are developed and released. That is how we end up with new variants of older models such as the Sony Xperia L and Xperia Z.

The Sony Xperia L is a mid-range smartphone. It features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480px and a scratch-resistant cover glass. It runs on Android 4.1 with a Dual-Core 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 chipset and 1 GB of RAM. It also has all the bells and whistles, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G HSPA connectivity, as well as NFC support. The NFC is integrated with a one-touch connection to external displays in order to allow for big screen playback of videos or photos. The phone does not however have LTE capability.

Still, its saving grace has to be its 8 MP camera, which uses Sony's latest mobile Exmor RS sensor and offers a built-in HDR mode for both stills and video. The Exmor RS sensor is supposed to improved clarity and color reproduction, while the HDR mode will allow for better pictures in various different kinds of lights.

The phone is powered by a 1900mAh battery and has a battery STAMINA Mode for optimizing power consumption. The phone is available in three colors: white, black and red. It also has an LED light on the bottom of the phone that can be customized to blink different colors to indicate an incoming phone call, a missed call or text message. The light can also be programmed to blink in correspondence with the rhythm of the song played on the built in Sony Walkman music player.

The phone also comes with pre-installed Sony apps called Walkman, Album, and Movies. These are part of a pre-loaded software suite that allows for consuming and sharing a vast library of multimedia content.

The Sony Xperia Z is one of the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. The phone is powered by Android and is one of the latest additions to phones launched by Sony after its separation from Ericsson. The Xperia Z is a bar phone that is available with 5 inch TFT touch screen that has approximately 441 ppi pixel density that produces a sharp and clear display. The design of the phone is focused on creating a balance and symmetry in all directions and is termed as “OmniBalance” by Sony.  The phone is held together by a skeleton frame made from glass fibre polyamide. The glass on the front and back are covered by shatterproof film. One of the amazing features about the phone is that it is dust and water resistance. It has captured attention for its ability to being submerged in water.

The phone differs from its predecessors in many ways. The company has also shifted the power button from the top of the phone to the middle of the right side making it easier for the person to operate the phone with one hand. The phone sports 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait, 2GB RAM with up to 16 GB internal memory storage capacity and up to 32 GB expandable storage available. The quad-core processor makes the phone pretty fast and powerful, though Wired Magazine claims that the phone is a bit slow during starting up the camera. The phone offers a 13.1 MP Exmor RS camera and a 2 MP 1080p Exmor R front camera. The camera reviews on almost every website have been spectacular claiming that phone produces crisp images and the quality of the pictures is good even in low-lighting situations. The phone also offers USB-on-the-go, which allows users to connect USB drives to the phone. The phone is also offered at a decent price is considerably worth the every penny it charges.

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

 

Sony Xperia L

Sony Xperia Z

Launch Date

Q2 of 2013

February 2013

Company

Sony Corporation

Sony Mobile

Size

128.7 x 65 x 9.7 mm

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

Display

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

1920 x 1080 pixels, (~441 ppi pixel density) 16 million colors

Screen

480 x 854 pixels, 4.3 inches (~228 ppi pixel density)

5.0 inches TFT

Protection

Scratch-resistant glass

IP57 certified - dust and water resistant, water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes and shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.

Weight

137g

146 g (5.15 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - C6602, C6603

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6603

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - C6602

4G Network

No

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 - C6603

GUI

Sony UI

Sony UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1 GHz

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

GPU

Adreno 305

Adreno 320

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

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

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

RAM

1 GB

2GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

Up to 16 GB

Expandable Memory

Expandable up to 32 GB

up to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, DLNA Certified, Media Go, Media Transfer Protocol support, Micro USB support, Native USB tethering, NFC, Screen mirroring, Xperia Link, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML

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

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

Speed

HSPA+

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

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

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

Yes, microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and Burst Mode; 4128x3096 pixels

Secondary Camera

VGA

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

Video

Yes, [email protected], video stabilization, HDR

[email protected], continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, HDR

Camera Features

  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization
  • HDR
  • Sweep panorama
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • 16x digital zoom
  • HDR for both picture/film
  • Face detection
  • Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
  • Geo-tagging
  • Image stabilizer
  • Picture Effect
  • Red-eye reduction
  • Scene recognition
  • Smile detection
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

SNS integration, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

xLoud Experience, 3D Surround Sound (VPT)

Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

Video supported formats

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, White, Red

Black, White, Purple

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML

HTML5

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Video streaming
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • xLoud Experience – audio filter technology from Sony
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase
  • Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
  • MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Pre-loaded Google applications

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com

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