Sony introduces the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones
8 January 2013 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Sony Mobile today announced the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL 5-inch Android smartphones. Two quad-core models with 2 GB RAM and 13 megapixel cameras
At CES in Las Vegas today, Sony announced the 5-inch Xperia Z and Xperia ZL Android smartphones.
Information and images of the Sony Xperia Z has leaked more than a handful of times the last couple of days. We knew much of these specifications but the things which caught our attention was the HDR video capture and water and dust resistant in the Xperia Z. We haven't got many 5-inch smartphones to compare with yet, but we think both the Z and ZL are quite light. The Xperia ZL is a little smaller but has IR Remote and TV Out functionality. From the product images, it seems like the Xperia Z lacks a dedicated camera shutter key.
Nice to see that Sony has listened to its customers and added more than the usual 512MB-1GB RAM. Both Xperia Z and Xperia ZL will have 2 GB RAM. Internal storage is 16 GB which can be upgraded by inserting a microSD card. Xperia Z only support 32 GB while you on the ZL can use microSD card up to 64 GB.
We are not sure about the availability, but we have heard rumors that the Xperia Z is for Europe and US, while the Xperia ZL with its TV-out and IR remote is for Japan and other Asian countries.
Sony Xperia Z C66 highlights
Sony Xperia ZL C65 highlights
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Sony is smart working on battery performance. It's the only feature sorely missed in recent smartphones. It's the kind of feature that won't attract attention in these kind of launches, but will eventually spread by word of mouth and be recognized as a brand with good battery life. That's a long term strategy to get to the top. Good one Sony.
But what's the battery size?? I love the idea of having a top end smartphone being water resistant. Less chance of your prized possession getting damaged. I would love one of these phones
Great work by Sony ... bravo. I like the fact that they put the lock switch on the side, where it should be.
I love the black xperia z and white xperia zl asaaaap!
Hands in here but it seems Sony still hasn't solved the viewing angles problem. But that never bothers me
[ This Message was edited by: laffen on 2013-01-08 10:13 ]
The Z looks brilliant and they need to release it asap in order gain more market share. The competition is getting harder and if they wait to long people will get something else
Xperia Z & ZL are Beautifull
Only thing is the Black Xperia Z looks like a finger tip magnet
Hey guys. I'm wondering why the Xperia ZL isn't available in my country. I really want the phone but I can't seem to find a contract for it. Will it ever come to the UK?