What’s the difference? Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Sony Xperia ZL

by Jerry D on September 7, 2013

Compare the Sony Xperia Z1 and the Sony Xperia ZL side-by-side… which one comes out on top? Does the 5.0-inch screen on the Xperia Z1, eclipse the Xperia ZL’s 5.0-inch display? Does it have a faster processor? Find answers to these questions in the side-by-side comparison that follows.

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Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Sony Xperia ZL: stat-fight

Here’s a comparison of these two phones. 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 Z1 VS Sony Xperia ZL
Display 5.0-inch TRILUMINOS LCD 5.0-inch Reality
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8064
Software Android 4.3 Android 4.1.2
Storage 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
20.7 Megapixels with Exmor RS 1/2.3-type CMOS, autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode 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, 2.0MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 74.0 x 144.0 x 8.5mm 69.3 x 131.6 x 9.8mm
Weight 170g 151g
Talktime 15.0 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 850 hours 500 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, Info-eye, TrackID TV, TV-out and Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2 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

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z1 wins!

The Sony Xperia Z1 wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia ZL over 10 rounds (see below), winning 5 of them, drawing 4 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

  1. The best connectivity: Comparable
  2. The best size/weight: No
  3. The best camera/video: Yes
  4. The best display: Yes
  5. The best processor: Yes
  6. The best software: Yes
  7. The most applications: Comparable
  8. The most storage: Comparable
  9. The best battery life: Yes
  10. The best extras: Comparable

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