With all this talk about the amazing Sony Xperia Z, we (at least I) almost forgot about the existence of the Sony Xperia ZL, and yes there are some pretty notable differences between the two.
The Sony Xperia ZL doesn’t have a water resistant chassis, so basically all of the ports aren’t covered by flaps. This also means you can’t pour water all over your phone in order to clean it.
The Xperia ZL has a dedicated camera button, which makes it a lot easier to take photos (in my opinion).
It features infrared/IrDA functionality that lets you control your TV via your phone (a little feature that I’ve ALWAYS wanted on a phone).
The Xperia ZL is also smaller than the Xperia Z due to its smaller bezel on the sides of the phone.
The final important difference is that the front-facing camera for the Xperia ZL is on the bottom right of the phone. This makes it easier to make landscape video calls.
The hardware specifications are very similar to the Sony Xperia Z however. They include:
- 5-Inch 1080p 443 ppi OptiContrast Display with Bravia Engine 2
- 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon Pro processor
- 16GB internal storage with expandable MicroSD card slot
- 2GB RAM
- 13MP rear-facing camera with Exmor RS sensor
- 2.1MP front-facing camera with Exmor R sensor
- 4G LTE
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean available soon after the device launches)
So the major differences may be the deciding factors for choosing this device over the Sony Xperia Z. Some users might really want the front-facing camera on the bottom right, or the infrared functionality. Some may even like the design of this phone more than the Sony Xperia Z.
This device will also only be available in select markets, although it’s uncertain which markets they will be. However we know for sure that the UK will not be receiving the Sony Xperia ZL unfortunately. This device will launch this quarter in two colors; black and white (take note Samsung).
What are your thoughts on the Sony Xperia ZL. Would you opt for this device or the Xperia Z?