What’s the difference? Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia ZL

by Jerry D on January 8, 2013

If you compare the Sony Xperia Z and the Sony Xperia ZL side-by-side, which one wins? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Xperia Z, beat the Xperia ZL’s equally impressive 5.0-inch screen? How does the Xperia ZL’s 9.8mm-thick design compare? Compare the two phones for yourself in the table that follows.

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Stat-fight: Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia ZL

Read the full smartphone comparison below…

Sony Xperia Z VS Sony Xperia ZL
Display 5.0-inch Reality Display 5.0-inch Reality Display
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8064
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16GB 16GB
Rear camera 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging and 1080p video recording
Front camera Yes Yes
4G LTE LTE
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 69.3 x 131.6 x 9.8mm
Weight 146g 151g
Talktime 14.0 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 530 hours 500 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, IP57 rated, dust & water resistant, and waterproof to a depth of 1 metre 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

 

Analysis: Sony Xperia Z vs. Sony Xperia ZL

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Best Connectivity: Draw (1-1)
Best Size/Weight: Xperia Z (2-1)
Best Camera/Video: Draw (3-2)
Best Display: Draw (4-3)
Best Processor: Draw (5-4)
Best Software: Draw (6-5)
Most Applications: none (7-6)
Best Storage: Xperia ZL (7-7)
Best Battery life: Xperia Z (8-7)
Best Extras: Xperia Z (9-7)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins!

So what’s the difference? Check the table and the rundown above and you’ll see that there are subtle differences. You’ll notice that the Sony Xperia Z boasts a better battery life and a slimmer overall design. But it’s also IP57 certified, so you can drop the Xperia Z in the bath, down the toilet or dunk it in a glass of water to amaze your friends at parties. This extra toughness makes it the Jason Statham of the smartphone world. But much better-looking.

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