Sony Xperia Z, ZL Specification, Price, Release Date

AT CES 2013, a lot of drama happened. Along with that, few cool and exciting unveiling took place. The rumored Sony Yuga phone turned out to be Z series. The specs of this upcoming phone defines the type of hardware we’ll witness in best android phones of 2013. Sony has launched gorgeous 5-inch Xperia Z jelly bean android phone with display of Full HD resolution. Apart from its vivid and brilliant display, this Xperia Z phone is water-proof. sony-xperia-z-water-proof-test-checkPresented as flagship android phone from Sony, Xperia Z features high-end hardware specifications, like quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, ample internal storage, NFC, WiFi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, etc. Moreover, the rear megapixel is a mega 13 megapixel shooter and the fron one is 2mp camera. Both the cameras are capable of shooting 1080p videos. Sony also launched Xperia ZL, which is almost similar to Xperia Z with minor variation. Xperia ZL is not resistant to What’s weird is the placement of front camera in Sony Xperia ZL (See the image above of ZL. It is located at the bottom-right of the phone – I don’t understand why Sony did that?). Also, there is slight variation in physical dimension of the two handsets. We’ve created a comparison table below listing the specifications of both the Sony handsets side by side.

Sony Xperia Z VS Sony Xperia ZL Phone Specification Comparison


NameSony Xperia ZSony Xperia ZL
Screen Size55
Screen Resolution1920x1080 pixels, capacitive multi-touch, Full HD display, scratch resistant, shatter proof glass1920x1080 pixels, Full HD resolution, multi-touch capacitive
Pixel Density441 ppi441 ppi
Height139 mm131.6 mm
Width71 mm69.3 mm
Thickness7.9 mm9.8 mm
Weight146 g or 5.15 OZ151 g or 5.33 oz
ProcessorQualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064Qualcomm MSM8064 Snapdragon
Processor Speed1.5GHz Quad Core1.5GHz Quad Core
GraphicsAdreno 320Adreno 320
Internal Storage16 GB16 GB
Memory Cardup to 32GB externalup to 64 GB external supported
BluetoothYes, 4.0Yes, 4.0
3G Speed42 MbpsHSPA+
4G SpeedLTE, Cat3, 100 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps ULLTE
Camera13.1 megapixel13 megapixel
Photo Resolution4128x30964128x3096
Video RecordingYesYes
Video Recording QualityFull HD 1080p @ 30fps1080p FULL HD @ 30fps
Front Camera2.2mp, 1080p Video recording2mp 720p HD recording
Release DateJanuary 2013January 2013
OSAndroid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, upgradeable to Android 4.2Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, upgradeable to Android 4.2
Other Features
  • Sony Mobile Bravia Engine II
  • TimeScape UI
  • Multitouch upto 10 fingers (10-point support)
  • Waterproof upto 1m and 30 minutes.
  • IP57 certified : Dust and water resistant.
  • HDR, Sweep Panaroma, video light
  • Sony Xperia Z is available in black, white, purple colors.
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
  • Flagship android handset from Sony
  • SLightly lighter than Xperia Z
  • Slightly thicker than Xperia Z
  • Unusual placement of front camera, which is located at the bottom right of front panel.
  • Sony Xperia Z lacks IP57 certification, hence not as strong as Xperia Z. Also, not that water resistant (i.e. not water proof).
  • TO be released and available starting March. Pricing and availability vary according to markets.
  • Mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • 1080p HDR Video
  • Physical camera key (button).
  • InfraRed so can be used as remote for Home Entertainment systems.

Sony Xperia Z, ZL Price, Release Date

The release date of Sony Xperia Z is not announced nor the release date of Sony Xperia ZL, but both the handsets are scheduled to arrive in market by March, 2013. We’ve also heard that Sony is targeting different markets for their two handsets. The price of Sony Xperia Z will be little higher than the price of Sony Xperia ZL – although we’ve no idea of what the price might be. The price will be higher for sure as the price of Xperia Z will determine the price of other upcoming high-end handsets from HTC, Samsung. So, we think that the price will be close to the new expected price model by various phone manufacturers for top-notch android handsets of 2013. We’ve observed that the pricing of these kinds of handsets every new year falls in a certain range. So, from the price of Xperia Z, you can understand the pricing of future upcoming flagship phones from Samsung or other

So, Xperia Z really seems to be the best android phone in the market, but who knows – how fast time changes, especially when the world is expecting Samsung Galaxy S4 to be revealed really soon. Unless, the latter is revealed, we know one thing for certain – Sony has really brought up a device they could proudly present. Your views in comments!

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