Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on March 23, 2013

If you compare the Sony Xperia Z and the newer Sony Xperia L side-by-side, which phone stands out? Is the 5.0-inch screen on the Xperia Z noticeably better than the Xperia L’s? Does the Xperia Z feature more storage space? Will the 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Xperia L take higher resolution photos? These burning questions (and more besides) are answered in the table below.

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Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Sony Xperia Z VS Sony Xperia L
Display 5.0-inch Reality 4.3-inch LCD
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
480 x 854 pixels
(227.907 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.1
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.2MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G LTE No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm 65.0 x 128.7 x 9.7mm
Weight 146g 137g
Talktime 14.0 hours 9.0 hours
Standby 530 hours 454 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality

 

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L fight plays out…

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Connectivity

The Xperia Z is a 3G/HSDPA phone with added NFC, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G connectivity is also supported. Sony, meanwhile, has packed its phone with tech that includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G support is a no-no, however.
— The Xperia Z wins (1-0)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Size/Weight

What if we compare the two phones for size and weight? The Xperia Z measures 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm, while the Xperia L is 128.7 x 65.0 x 9.7mm. The Xperia Z is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 10.3mm. Put the two phones on the scales and the Sony Xperia Z weighs 146g, while the Xperia L is 137g. The Xperia L already has some catching up to do.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-0)

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Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Camera/Video

The Xperia Z comes packing a built-in 13.0 Megapixel camera with advanced features such as: autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 2.2MP camera on the front for making video calls.

In this round, the Xperia L comes off second best. Its 8.0 Megapixel lens (with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 720p video recording) falls short. The highest resolution is 3264 x 2448 pixels. A second 0.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Xperia Z wins (3-0)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Display

As for screen size, the Sony Xperia Z features a 5.0-inch (1080 x 1920) touch-sensitive Reality display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is a superb 440.6 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Sony Xperia Z features a 5.0-inch Reality display with a quoted resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 440.6.

At 4.3 inches (measured diagonally), the Xperia L’s touch-sensitive LCD screen has less room. Its 480 x 854 pixel resolution is no match for the Xperia Z and its 1080 x 1920 pixel display. The pixel density of 227.907 pixels per inch here is less than the 440.6 rating given to the Xperia Z.
— The Xperia Z wins (4-0)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Processor

How speedy are the two combatants? The specs show that the Xperia Z’s core uses a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 chip, while the Xperia L uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 processor, rated at 1GHz.
— The Xperia Z wins (5-0)

Half-time: Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L

We’re halfway through this fight and the Xperia Z leads by 5. Can the Xperia L fight back? The next round is software. It’s certain to win a point here…

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1.2 vs. Android 4.1 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-1)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. As it stands, the Xperia Z is still on top in this fight. With such a big gap, there’s no chance of a fight back from the Xperia L. But then we didn’t really expect one.
— The two phones share the points (7-2)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Storage

This next round is about storage. The Xperia Z kicks off proceedings with 16GB of internal storage. Likewise, the Sony Xperia L comes with one default storage option – a 8GB model. The Xperia Z also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 48GB. While the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Xperia L bumps up the capacity to 40GB.
— The Xperia Z wins (8-2)

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Battery Life

Fully powered-up, the Xperia Z weighs in with 14.0 hours of talktime; the Xperia L in comparison boasts 9.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Sony’s phone can last 530 hours, while Sony’s model boasts 454 hours. The Xperia L comes second in this round.
— The Xperia Z wins (9-2)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia L – Extras

Finally, the Xperia Z also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. And don’t forget its extra ruggedness. The Z is IP57-rated and water resistant to a depth of one metre. In comparison, the Xperia L is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality. You drop it in a puddle at your own risk…
— The Xperia Z wins (10-2)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins! (10-2)

The Sony Xperia Z wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia L, taking 8 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 0. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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