Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Fight!

by Jerry D on February 4, 2013

In this big phone fight, the Sony Xperia ZL walks up to the HTC One X+ and insults its parentage. The Xperia punches the One X+ in its 4.7-inch display and kicks it right in the 8.9mm crotch. But the HTC phone refuses to fall, like Rocky Balboa facing an onslaught of face-crunching blows from Russian super-boxer Ivan Drago. Is there a winner? Read on to find out…

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Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+: 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.

Sony Xperia ZL VS HTC One X+
Display 5.0-inch Reality 4.7-inch Super LCD2
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(312.553 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8064 1.7GHz quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.1.1
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 32 or 64GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 1.6MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 69.3 x 131.6 x 9.8mm 69.9 x 134.4 x 8.9mm
Weight 151g 135g
Talktime 10.0 hours 12.75 hours
Standby 500 hours 360 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and an IR remote GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, , TV-out, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and Beats audio

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ 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 ZL vs. HTC One X+ fight plays out…

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Connectivity

— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Size/Weight

How thin do you like your phones? The One X+ is the thinner of the two, measuring 8.9mm to the Xperia ZL’s 9.8mm. Neither the Xperia ZL or the One X+ is unwieldy. The former weighs 151g; the latter weighs a mere 135g. The One X+ hits the front. The Xperia ZL is already playing catch-up.
— The One X+ wins (1-2)

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Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Camera/Video

The Xperia ZL’s camera boasts a big 13.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording. There’s also a 2MP front camera for impromptu self-portraits and video chat.

Unfortunately for the One X+, it boasts a lesser specification, specifically a 8.0 Megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR and 1080p video recording. The maximum resolution of the camera is 3264 x 2448 pixels. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.6MP.
— The Xperia ZL wins (2-2)

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Display

The Xperia ZL features a 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Reality display with a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Jamming 2073600 pixels into this screen size gives the Xperia ZL a lofty pixel density of 440.6 pixels per inch (PPI).

XXXX pointy arrow The Sony Xperia ZL 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.

The 4.7-inch touch-sensitive Super LCD2 screen on the One X+ is a little smaller. Its 720 x 1280 pixel resolution is no match for the Sony display. Compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is lower at 312.553. Still good though.
— The Xperia ZL wins (3-2)

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Processor

As far as the performance of the two phones is concerned, the Xperia ZL’s chip is a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8064, while the One X+ uses a quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, clocked at 1.7GHz. Boom.
— The One X+ wins (3-3)

Half-time: Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+

With five rounds gone, the Xperia ZL and the One X+ have 3 points each. With five rounds still to go, the Xperia ZL and the One X+ can’t be separated.

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-4)

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (5-5)

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Storage

Onto the storage round… The Sony Xperia ZL has an internal storage capacity of 16GB. The One X+, meanwhile, is a bit more versatile and comes in 32 or 64GB versions. As you can see, the One X+ incorporates 64GB versus the 16GB capacity of the Xperia ZL. Plug a 64GB memory card into the Xperia ZL’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 80GB. Unlike its rival, the One X+ is missing an expansion slot and so the max storage options remain 32 or 64GB.
— The One X+ wins (5-6)

Sony Xperia ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Battery Life

Actual talktime and standby performance will vary. But Sony claims 10.0 hours of talktime for the Xperia ZL, compared to 12.75 hours for the One X+. Standby times are 500 hours and 360 hours respectively. The Xperia ZL and One X+ end the round sharing the points.
— Draw (6-7)

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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 ZL vs. HTC One X+ – Extras

— It’s a tie, one point each (7-8)

BPF Verdict: The HTC One X+ wins! (7-8)

The HTC One X+ wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia ZL, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 2. This was a closely-fought battle but you can see where the fight was won – the One X+ has the best balance between size and weight, the faster processor and the most memory. Other than that, the two phones are fairly evenly matched.

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