Jan 08 AT 12:50 PM Nick Gray 34 Comments

Sony announces the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL


The one thing we like most about CES (and many of the other trade shows) is that we can leave rumors behind and focus on real products. In Sony’s case, the rumored Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have now transformed into actual products which will be made available globally later in Q1. As expected, Sony’s official announcement of the two Andriod phones matched up pretty closely to all the rumors we’ve been hearing over the past month or two.

Specs of the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL are identical. Both devices are powered by quad-core a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080×1920 pixels display, 13 MP camera sensor, 2,400 mAh battery, NFC and LTE connectivity. While the spec sheets are identical, the build of the two devices is significantly different. The Xperia Z features a carbon fiber skeletal frame (their words, not ours), a tempered glass back panel and it is water and dust resistant. The Xperia ZL on the other hand is covered in a rubbery plastic and has a dedicated camera button. Sony is also claiming that the Xperia ZL has the highest screen to size ration than any other phone on the market.

As we mentioned before, Sony plans on releasing both devices globally in Q1 of 2013. There’s no indication that either device is scheduled for a U.S. launch, but we’ll venture to guess that Sony and AT&T will have some variant of the two launch as an exclusive in the next few months.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Sony,finally stepping their game up. Continue like this Sony and you might make the next Nexus :).

    • zerosix

      Completely agree. Sony is back to Sony-style. Ultimate hardware and Apple-sucks-hard design. I wish good luck to Sony, Z looks 10 out of 5.

      • Thomas Biard

        “Apple-Sucks-Hard design”

        Brilliant! I’m not one to rag on Apple just because it starts a troll war, but that was funny. I have always liked their design style, and these phones are really doing it for me.

      • Jorge Eslava

        This is what other manufacturer’s need to do, make the bezels smaller. I’d have to hold a 5″ screen phone in my hand to see if it feels right and this one might.

      • Cutler

        Sony experiazz is like the 787 Dreamlemon….a disaster (maybe it catches fire too)

        • Zyo

          Not as a big disaster as your comment.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      I haven’t owned a Sony device since the PS2, but I love what they’ve been doing with their phones as of late. I would buy a Sony Nexus device. Hell, if Sony drops the AT&T exclusivity, I’d probably buy one of these.

  • Dr.Carpy

    This phone and specs looks awesome, then I see the battery and feel a bit let down. I have a Razr HD, my Wife has the Note 2, I only hope that more manufacturers will start to focus on battery life more prominently. What good is bigger and better toys, if you constantly have to charge it?

  • co.ag.2005

    Wow, looks really good! Now let’s lighten up that skin and make sure it ships with the latest JB version :)

  • MyMilan

    Very nice. The price will determine a lot. Glad Sony has stepped up their game, especially since samsung is now moving away from android.

  • uzunoff

    Did we miss that the Sony Xperia ZL has a build in infrared blaster? It is intended to control Sony devices like universal remote.

  • jamal adam

    I am still trying to figure out why in the world they placed the front facing camera on the xperia ZL on the bottom right side. What were they thinking? Aside from that I think that both devices are finally up to par with the likes of HTC LG, and Samsung in terms of specs and hardware, etc.

    • rpras

      Yeah-this puzzled me too. I have to tilt my phone forward even with the camera on top to get a decent shot that doesn’t make it look like you’re looking over the head of who you are talking to. Bottom placement will make this worse.

      • zerosix

        ZL features the same hardware, that Z. But it is smaller, Sony’s engineers had a lot of work fitting fitting the Z hardware in ZL body. Maybe they had to place it in the bottom because of lack of space.
        That’s just my thoughts, let’s wait for teardowns.

    • uzunoff

      I guess they are thinking that people will video chat in portrait mode.

  • Alec Waddelow

    +1 to the larger batteries that are being used in flagships

  • renyo

    They sure know how to make inspiring ads…

  • ibap

    Sounds like the configurations where the subject of discussion in a committee. Since they couldn’t exactly come to a consensus, they made 2!

    • ibap

      Make that ‘…were the subject…’.

  • Nathan D.

    These specs are crazy good! I wish I had a phone like that!

  • orangestrat

    The Z is damn sexy, but I love the minimal bezel on the ZL. Please tell me its coming to Bell?

  • Tojen

    Nice to see a rugged-ish smartphone with top-end specs. Hopefully at&t will offer the Z soon. upgrade is coming soon and the Z would definitely be the phone to get.

  • eViLSt3ve

    Best start saving now for this

  • VS

    Did this have a removable battery or SD slot? I didnt see it on the list of features (not claiming good or bad, just curious).

    Overall, design looks very good. For some reason, the black bezel with the SONY lettering just looks iconic and more in place than the Sony / Erickson hybrid.

    The UI overlay doesnt look too intrusive either. I’ll consider it if it comes to TMO for a reasonable price off contract.

    Good job Sony.

    • donger

      same here. come to t-mobile.

    • ionorov

      Just did a quick check… no replaceable batt (due to unibody design) but there is an mSD slot! Huzzah!

      Now we actually have the space to put 1080p movies… to watch on a 1080p screen! Woohoo!

  • LwmHWK20

    So many choices………, glad to see other companies innovate

  • digvijaya07

    Sony xperia Back In form :D
    Best specs ..!! Loved It :)

  • ionorov

    Does it have mSD???!!

    *frantically searches the net for info*


    *pisses pants*

  • Eben1277

    Dear Sony,

    I love you.

  • Mix

    This phone looks pretty damn awesome.

  • jonstle

    That phone wins my cote for best design… beautiful and a little rugged to boot!

  • Jeff

    Next on Sony’s list is the Xperia Z3, and it’s great! Check it here.

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