What's the handset with the best phone-to-screen size ratio ever? Why, the Xperia ZL, says Sony

What's the handset with the best phone-to-screen size ratio ever? Why, the Xperia ZL, says Sony
The Sony Xperia ZL often gets overlooked in the shadows of its waterproof sibling, the Xperia Z, but is actually the same handset, save for the ruggedness. Well, and a few other things like one other very important ratio, it seems.

In the press release for the phone's launch in Canada on all carriers come April, Sony has inserted one nugget of info about the handset, stating that it actually has the best phone-to-screen size ratio out of 884 devices compared.

The Xperia ZL apparently hits 75.84% ratio, while most of today's smartphones max out at 60-68%. We'd love to one day see a phone that is almost entirely a screen in the front, but we do know there are engineering and ergonomics hurdles to overcome.

Nevertheless, what Sony Xperia ZL's designers have done is an electronics marvel, thanks to Android's ability to make do with on-screen navigational buttons only, which surely can nix some space that would've otherwise gone for physical or capacitive keys underneath the display. The exact quote from Sony is:

source: Sony

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Xperia ZL
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2370 mAh(13h 3G talk time)



1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

This is something!! So hard to pick between Z and ZL

10. anGel_pLayer

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

ZL is more practical but Z have better looks than the ZL and more advertisements...

2. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

i agree.. that's why i kinda prefer the design of ZL than the Z.. the ZL really2 compact for a 5 inch phone!!

8. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

i think because right now every attention is on Z, everybody forget about the beauty and qualities of ZL. although it can be a good complement for Z, i still prefer Z over ZL.

3. wendygarett unregistered

Only 15% bezel? Still can't change my mind to pick z over zl :p

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Don't believe the hype, it's the Huawei Ascend Mate.

15. ubuntu

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

everytime oppo ,everywhere huawei! shut f*ck up!

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Another great design from sony. They said themselves they max out the screen on the zl.

6. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

this is what everyone expects from Sony. the best design and quality.

7. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I may sell my GSIII for this.

9. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

So much for the Razr M, i really want a edge to edge screen with putting all the bezel at the bottom. Go Sony! Lead the way!

11. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Wish this was coming to at&t. Have to get an unlocked z version that has lte for at&t

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Go sony this year is for u..........!!!

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Too bad it's too thick and the battery size is smaller than the thickness would indicate. If they kept the Xperia ZL at 7.9 mm while doing this, then it would have basically been the size of the Z10 or 8x which would have been beyond awesome.

18. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Too thick? Its about the same as Lumia 820 and that's not thick

14. Tarzan

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

HTC you better announce your next flagship or I'm gonna get ZL

16. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

The next step is to make a ZL, Water resistant and Dust proof, with a Super IPS LCD2 screen.

17. defiantbeast

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 17, 2009

Im torn. On the one hand you have a phone that hits all the right specs in one and has the added bonus of being wafer thin and WATER PROOF. On the other hand you have the same phone with a camera button and a ridiculous small size given the screen. I dont know which one to go for. Hopefully they are both pentaband otherwise i go for the one that will work with Tmobile unlocked. Way to go Sony way to win me back as a customer!!!

19. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

actually the razr m has the best screen ratio.. or better yet lets wait for the motorola x 5 inch edge to edge game changing display

20. meXpersonified

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i know its last years tech but LG optimus 4x HD does da job for me ... best screen in a compact package ..one handed operation is rarely an issue

21. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well thats something I hated a lot on the old iPhone models... my math came up to having just 54% screen size to phone size ratio... While my Xperia Acro S is a nice 61.3%, and my old Galaxy S3 was 65.8%... In comparison, the iPhone 5 improved a lot to a 60.8%. (What helps here is the really thin bezels at the side... but they suck at the top and bottom)

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