Sony Xperia ZL hands-on

Sony Xperia ZL hands-on
First time glancing over their specs sheets, most people would probably be confused as to why in the world would a company produce two similarly spec’d smartphones. Well, as we begin to look deeper into Sony Xperia ZL, which is a very close sibling to Sony’s flagship in the Xperia Z, its design is the most obvious difference between the two. Beyond that, it’s carrying along a pretty impressive spec sheet that no doubt makes most smartphones currently out right now shiver in their tracks.

Frankly, it might be rather difficult for some people to notice the slightly more compact size of the Xperia ZL while holding it in the hand. However, instead of sporting the glossy finish of its sibling, the Xperia ZL opts for a cleaner appearance with its all-white matte paint job, which of course, maintains the more cleanly looking appearance between the two – then again, it misses out on the dustproof and waterproof characteristics of the Xperia Z. Some of the other notable differences with this include a dedicated shutter key for quick photo snaps, a small plastic cover in the rear that provides access to a microSD card slot, and a front-facing camera that’s positioned in an unfamiliar spot in the lower right corner of the screen.

Aside from those standout items, the Sony Xperia ZL is very similar to the Xperia Z. Therefore, it features the same 5-inch 1080p display with Mobile BRAVIA 2 engine, quad-core processor, LTE, 13-megapixel rear camera, 1080p video recording, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sony’s custom UI. So what does it all mean for the Sony Xperia ZL, which as we know is a similar spec’d smartphone to the flagship Xperia Z? Well, it’s tough to say, but we’re a bit interested in knowing if this will be sporting a lower or same price point as its sibling. Granted that it doesn’t boast the rugged aspects of the Xperia Z, its small frame could possibly land a lesser price point when it’s released – then again, it’s anyone’s guess at this point, much like its exact release date as well.

And with that last question lingering on in our minds, there is without question a sense of urgency with this one to come to market ASAP. As we’ve seen often in the past, long release dates after being unveiled has proven fatal for many devices – so let’s cross our fingers and hope that it gets released in a relatively quick manner before it becomes obscured by other newer smartphones in the pipelines. Heck, it’s not even certain if any of the US carriers will be nabbing this one.

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Xperia ZL
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2370 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



24. kingread

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

The Xperia ZL has a different design (cheaper plastic) and is a quad band :)

22. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Great Display but too thick. I prefer note 2

18. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

It wud have been better if John V. tried to show us how it is using the front facing camera. Too bad......

16. fragje

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Am i the only one wondering about there there might be a speaker for media or handsfree? Seems like i cant see one in any of the pictures.

21. fragje

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Nvm, found a couple of little holes next to the camera

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'd prefer the Z :)

11. blahb

Posts: 48; Member since: May 16, 2012

Disappointed about non-removable battery but if it makes it's way to VZW it will be my next phone.

19. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Verizon doesnt use sim cards dumbass.

20. blahb

Posts: 48; Member since: May 16, 2012

Uncalled for kid... Last time I recall Sony being on Verizon it was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in 2011 which had both GSM w/SIM and CDMA variants w/o SIM. I feel there are customer on Verizon that would appreciate a CDMA variant of this phone like many phones that get released first as GSM.

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

umm, yeah, what do you call An Androi LTE phone on Verizon?? A sim-enabled phone....headcheck...

10. takay0

Posts: 144; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

that's look very good! but, i had xperia arc and i really dont like it... not the ui of sony, not the ui of samsung... i just inlove with the sense... even tough the sense 5.0 seems ugly for now... but the old sense 3.0... its not that smooth but every thing looks and feel so good.. its not lookin like a toy like all the rest... for me...

9. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

why 4.1 why ?

7. jstahl

Posts: 79; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

This is the greatest phone ever made in the history. Japan the best. Cheap chinese and korean plastic copycat phones don't match with Japanese quality.

5. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

The front facing camera is a bad decision but other than that it Rocks Sammy's socks Off

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

now i have more than one problem!! till now i was doubtful whether to choose Z or ZL now the dilemma of color is added to it as well HELP me PLZZZZZ


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Actually white draws more attention.

6. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

The Purple one is nice looking also ..

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yup, it's beautiful. But the front-camera is kind of distracting...i mean, for a rightie, it'll be somewhat tough not to get their hands over the camera.

8. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Funny, I never gave this a thought until now. I am right-handed but I actually use my left hand to operate my phone.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I got thumbed down by all the righties and i bet you got thumbed down by all the lefties, lol.

15. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Really funny :-)


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

It's a beauty in white.

12. medalaster01

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It looks like lg copy, i mean the design resembles the lg phones!!

17. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

SHE is such a beauty....i have always.nd will always have my allegiance to SONY....the phone is nice nd incredible....still remember my first love w700i

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