Difference between Sony Xperia T and Xperia ZL

Key difference: 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 Sony Xperia T is another model by Sony that was released in August 2012. It was one of the first few models that Sony has released after its break-up with Ericsson. It is Sony's first smartphone built on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 platform.

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 But alas, similar to all technological devices, the software and features start to become outdated as new features and software are developed and released.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 T and Xperia ZL.

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 Sony Xperia T is another model by Sony that was released in August 2012. It was one of the first few models that Sony has released after its break-up with Ericsson. It is Sony's first smartphone built on Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 platform. It features a 4.55 inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It runs on a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon with 1 GB of RAM. It features Android Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0.4) out of the box but is upgradeable to Jelly Bean (v4.1).

The phone also has a 13 MP primary camera with a 1.3 MP front camera. The phone is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 1850 mAh battery. The phone also comes with pre-installed Sony apps called Walkman, and Movies. These are part of a pre-loaded software suite that allows for consuming and sharing a vast library of multimedia content.

Sony Xperia T has gotten very popular as it had been featured as James Bond's phone in the 2012 film, Skyfall. In fact, in some European countries, especially the UK, the phone is actually marketed as the Bond Phone.

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

 

Sony Xperia ZL

Sony Xperia T

Launch Date

April 2013

August 29, 2012

Company

Sony Mobile

Sony Corporation

Size

131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm

129.4 x 67.3 x 9.4 mm

Display

 1920x1080 pixels, (~441 ppi pixel density)

TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

5 inch scratch-resistant TFT

720 x 1280 pixels, 4.55 inches (~323 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass.

Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Weight

151 g (5.33 oz)

139g

2G Network

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

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6503

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

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

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

No

GUI

Sony UI

Timescape UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 225

OS

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

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

Qualcomm MSM8260A Snapdragon

RAM

2GB

1 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

Up to 16 GB

16 GB

Expandable Memory

up to 32 GB

Expandable up to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

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

USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support, WiFi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, DLNA Certified, aGPS, WebKit web browser with Pan & zoom, Bluetooth technology, Native USB tethering, NFC, HDMI via MHL support, Synchronization via Exchange ActiveSync, SyncML, Microsoft, eCompass, Smart Connect

Data

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

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

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

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

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

Yes, v3.1 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0.

Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and flash

13 MP, 4128x3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

1.3 MP, [email protected]

Video

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

Yes, [email protected], video stabilization

Camera Features

  • 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

 

  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • Image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

xLoud Experience

xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

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

Battery Capacity

Non-removable 2370 mAh Li-Ion battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 1850 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, White, Red

Black, White, Silver

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • One-touch mirroring
  • IR Remote
  • 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
  • 50 GB of Cloud storage (time limited offer)
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • TrackID music recognition
  • xLOUD Experience – audio filter technology
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones
  • Audio playback, supported formats: MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis, FLAC
  • Audio recording, supported formats: 3GPP, MP4, AMR
  • PlayStation Certified
  • 3D and Motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Clear audio and clear bass
  • Headphone surround sound
  • TV launcher
  • Facebook with Xperia
  • "WALKMAN" app
  • "Movies" app

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