Sony Xperia ZL and many manufacturers would be proud to call it their flagship Android phone. It's just that the Sony Xperia Z has just a little more oomph to it as it easily repels both water and dust as well as sporting a little larger footprint. But perhaps you are the kind of person that stands up for the underdog, rents from Avis and makes sure that neither rain nor dust is ever a threat to his phone. In that case, we couldn't blame you for going with the Sony Xperia ZL.
The Sony Xperia ZL is the most compact 5 inch model around. The FHD BRAVIA Engine 2 powered display, which has a pixel density of 443ppi, makes up 75% of the phone, compared with the usual 60% to 68% figure seen on most handsets. Under the hood is a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor as the Adreno 320 GPU is busy crunching graphics. 2GB of RAM is on board with 16GB of native storage inside the phone. The 64GB capacity microSD slot is available to expand storage capabilities. A 2370mAh battery powers the phone while the 13MP Exmor RS camera on back captures video in 1080p. The 2MP front-facing camera takes self-portraits and supports video chat. While Android 4.1 will be installed on the phone out of the box, Sony promises a quick update to Android 4.2 and we are pretty sure that they didn't have their fingers crossed behind their back.