Difference between Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

Key Difference: The Sony Xperia Z is the latest smartphone designed, manufactured and marketed by Sony Mobile and was released February 2013. 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. 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.

Mobile companies has been busy releasing new models of cell phones and tablets almost every year and by the next year, the older models are considered outdated and new models are released. These smart phones have become a very important part of many people’s lives. It has allowed users to do everything on the go. However, to stay constantly updated with the newest technology requires money. Hence, comparing phones has become a must when purchasing a new cell phone. It may be a tedious task but it is quite important. Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are two phones that have been released by Sony Mobile.

Xperia Z and Xperia ZL are two phones that Sony has launched in competition to Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. These two phones are similar in design and features, with only slight alterations to the ZL. These phones are Sony’s plan to put itself back on the smartphone market. Sony announced the phones at the 2013 CES in January.

The Sony Xperia Z is 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 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 the Sony Mobile website and GSMArena.com.

 

Sony Xperia Z

Xperia ZL

Launch Date

February 2013

April 2013

Company

Sony Mobile

Sony Mobile

Size

139 x 71 x 7.9 mm

131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm

Display

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

 1920x1080 pixels, (~441 ppi pixel density)

Screen

5.0 inches TFT

5 inch scratch-resistant TFT

Protection

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

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass.

Weight

146 g (5.15 oz)

151 g (5.33 oz)

2G Network

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

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

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6603

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

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6503

4G Network

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

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

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

GUI

Sony UI

Sony UI

CPU speed

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 320

OS

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

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

Chipset

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

RAM

2GB

2GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

Up to 16 GB

Up to 16 GB

Expandable Memory

up to 32 GB

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, USB On-The-Go and MHL.

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

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

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

Speed

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

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

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 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

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0.

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

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

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

Video

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

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

Camera Features

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

xLoud™ Experience, 3D Surround Sound (VPT)

xLoud Experience

Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

Video supported formats

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 2330 mAh battery

Non-removable 2370 mAh Li-Ion battery

Talktime

Up to 11 hours

Up to 10 hours

Standby Time

Up to 550 hours

Up to 500 hours

Available Colors

Black, White, Purple

Black, White, Red

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)
  • 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
  • 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

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com

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