BY | January 13, 2013

Japanese tech giant has revealed two 5-inch 1080p handsets at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. They are Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. What are the differences between the devices? Actually, they almost have a spitting image, but they differ in subtle areas. Here we make a comparison between the phones. It will tell you the exact differences between the handsets. Let us move to the comparison here.

Sony Xperia Z and ZL Similarities
Before heading to the differences, here we talk about major similarities between the handsets. Both the phones are NFC-enabled and they have the same 5-inch FullHD Reality Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 443-ppi. Sony has used its innovative Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 on both the machines.

Even if you go to their innards, the handsets have the same 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2GB RAM and Adreno 320GPU. They sport 32GB expandable microSD slots as well.

Moreover, they do share the same 16GB of internal memory; the same 13.1MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera and, of course the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In short, regarding performance level, both the machines are the same and one. But, they mainly change in some cosmetic and design aspects. Below you can go through the key differences between the two high-end handsets from a leading company at a time.

Sony Xperia Z and ZL Differences
Size: The Xperia ZL is smaller and thicker than the high-end Xperia Z, which touts the dimensions of 5.47 x 2.79 x 0.31 inches. The ZL has the dimensions of 5.18 x 2.7 x 0.39 inches. It means the latter one is thicker, but shorter and narrower than its elder brother. Of course, this is the major difference Sony wanted to make between the devices. This change is also visible in weight. The Z is certainly lightweight at 146gms versus the ZL’s 151gms.

When it comes to the very design, there are also some cosmetic changes. The Xperia Z is up with a shiny glass rear panel, while its younger brother is up with a matte finish and a textured rear panel. Well, it gives a choice for customers. They can either pick from matte finish or glass for rear panes. Yet another big change the Xperia Z makes over the ZL is its water and dust resistance. For this, Sony has hidden microUSB, microSD and SIM card slots of the device. All these utilities are placed openly on ZL.

Water and Dust Resistance
Of course, as we know, water and dust resistance is the major attraction of Xperia Z. The device can endure water even if you take the phone up to one meter of water and keep it there around 30 minutes. Sony has dropped this peculiar feature on ZL for a reason. The device, unlike its brother, touts features infrared/IrDA functionality, which can turn the device to a remote control for TVs and gaming devices.

“In Xperia ZL, the specific features you’ll find include infrared/IrDA functionality, so that you’ll be able to use your smartphone to control your TV, cable box, DVD player or other IR enabled entertainment device,” Sony says. Well, these things might have forced Sony to shun water and dust resistance feature from the ZL.

Battery
Sony has packed different battery units inside its new Xperia phones. The Z is up with a 2330mAH battery. Meanwhile, the ZL has a 2370mAh battery, which is heavier and larger than the battery of its brother. There is a notable difference in battery life as well. The Z offers 11 hours of talk time, while its younger brother promises only 10 hours. Yet another important thing is that the devices come in different body colors. The Xperia Z is slated to come in three colors; black, white and purple. It is when the ZL will only come up in black and white.

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