Difference between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Sony Xperia ZL

Key Difference: The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a high-end phablet launched on July 3, 2012 and marketed as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone." The Sony Xperia ZL is very similar to its counterpart the Xperia Z; however, it differs in some aspects. Sony has managed to make the ZL even smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

Sony had recently launched its flagship phone the Sony Xperia Z. After the success of Xperia Z, Sony sought to outdo it with the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a high-end phablet launched on July 3, 2012. The company has marketed the device as "the world's slimmest Full HD smartphone."

Continuing the legacy of Xperia Z, the Xperia Z Ultra is also dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, and waterproof. It is also shatter-proof and scratch-resistant. The Ultra also utilizes the same "Omni-Balance" design as Xperia Z. The phone features a 6.4 inch screen, on which the user can take notes or draw on with a regular pen or pencil.

Under the hood, the phone has a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Quad Core processor and 2 GB of RAM. It also features an 8 MP camera fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, with 16X digital zoom, as well as a 2 MP front-facing camera. It is powered by a 3050mAh Lithium polymer battery and has 16 GB of internal memory, which is expandable via a microSD of up to 64 GB.

The Sony Xperia ZL is very similar to its counterpart the Xperia Z; however, it differs in some aspects, mainly the price. Sony has managed to make the ZL even smaller and more compact as compared to the Z, and offers it at a lower price than 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 that the 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.

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.

Comparison between Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Sony Xperia ZL:

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

 

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia ZL

Launch Date

July 3, 2013

April 2013

Company

Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile

Size

179 x 92 x 6.5 mm (7.06 x 3.63 x 0.26 in)

131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm

Display

6.4 inches TFT Capacitive touchscreen

 1920x1080 pixels, (~441 ppi pixel density)

Screen

1920x1080 pixels, 16M colours (~344 ppi pixel density)

5 inch scratch-resistant TFT

Protection

Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass.

Weight

212 g (7.48 oz)

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 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

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

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - C6503

4G Network

C6806: LTE 700 / 850 / 900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

C6833: LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

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

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

GUI

Sony UI

Sony UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400

1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait

GPU

Adreno 330

Adreno 320

OS

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

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

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8274 or MSM8974 Snapdragon 800

Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064

RAM

2 GB

2GB

SIM Size

Micro SIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB

Up to 16 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 64 GB

up to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer, Gyroscope

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Connectivity

  • 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
  • aGPS
  • ANT+ wireless technology
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • DLNA Certified
  • GLONASS
  • MHL support
  • Media Go
  • Media Transfer Protocol support
  • Micro USB support
  • Native USB tethering
  • NFC
  • PC Companion
  • Screen mirroring
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook
  • USB charging
  • USB High speed 2.0 and Micro USB support
  • Xperia Link
  • Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality

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, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 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/ac, 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

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go

microUSB v2.0.

Primary Camera

8 megapixel camera fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus

13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and flash

Secondary Camera

2 MP, [email protected]

2 MP 1080p Exmor R

Video

[email protected], video stabilization, HDR,

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

Camera Features

  • 16x digital zoom
  • Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
  • Continue burst mode
  • HDR for photos & videos
  • Face detection
  • Image stabiliser
  • Object tracking
  • Picture Effect
  • Quick Launch
  • Scene recognition
  • Self-timer
  • Send to web
  • Smile shutter
  • Image sensor
  • Superior Auto
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Touch focus
  • Touch capture
  • White balance
  • 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

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dynamic normalizer, ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase, Clear stereo

xLoud Experience

Audio supported formats

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac

Video supported formats

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

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery

Non-removable 2370 mAh Li-Ion battery

Stand-by

Up to 820 hours

Up to 500 hours

Talktime

Up to 16 hours

Up to 10 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

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Dust protected, low pressure water jet protected, waterproof, shatter-proof and scratch-resistant.
  • Dynamic normalizer
  • Music tones (MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow service
  • SensMe
  • TrackID music recognition
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • xLoud Experience
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Play
  • Google search
  • Google Voice Search
  • Google Maps for Mobile with
  • Street view and Latitude
  • NeoReader barcode scanner
  • Pan & zoom
  • 3D games
  • Media browser
  • Motion gaming
  • PlayMemories
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Radio (FM radio with RDS)
  • Reader mode
  • SensMe slideshow
  • Sony Entertainment Network
  • TV launcher
  • Video streaming
  • YouTube
  • 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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