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.
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
|480 x 854 pixels
|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|
|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|
|Yes, 2.2MP||Yes, 0.3MP|
|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|
|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)
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.
|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)
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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