Sony Xperia ZL announced for “selected markets”

by XB on 8th January 2013

in Featured Content, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

Sony Mobile has unveiled the Xperia ZL, the sibling handset to the Xperia Z. The Sony Xperia ZL carries a similar feature-set to the Xperia Z albeit with a different design. The main feature that the Xperia ZL is missing over the Xperia Z is the water resistant chassis. However, some may find this more practical on a day-to-day basis as all of the ports are not covered by flaps, unlike the Xperia Z.

There are also a number of other reasons that may skew people towards the Xperia ZL. The ZL has a dedicated camera button, a front-facing camera on the bottom right of the phone which makes it better for landscape video calls, a plastic textured back as opposed to the glass back on the Xperia Z. It also includes infrared/IrDA functionality so that you can control your TV with your phone. The Xperia ZL also has a smaller bezel on the sides of the phone, so it’s not as tall as the Xperia Z.

Whether you prefer one or the other may be a moot point though, as Sony is only launching the Xperia ZL in selected markets. We can confirm that the Xperia ZL will not be available in the UK, for example.

The Xperia ZL has a 5-inch 1080p OptiContrast Display (443 PPI) with Bravia Engine 2, 1.5GHz quad-core chipset (APQ8064 + MDM9215M) with Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB RAM, 13MP Exmor RS rear camera, 2.1MP Exmor R front-facing camera NFC, MHL, LTE, 16GB internal storage and a microSD memory card slot. Battery specs remain a mystery for now.

The Xperia ZL weighs 151 grams and has dimensions of 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 mm. The handset will launch in Q1 2013 in black and white colours. It will launch with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and be upgraded to Android 4.2 after launch.

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Via Sony Mobile Developer and Sony Mobile Press.

  • yy

    way too big :/
    4″ in a phone is max for me..

  • Wow

  • wedjat

    same specs and a 4,5 inch screen(maybe 720 p) would be awsome for me…

  • Candyman

    Wonder if they will start to sell magnetic lenses (like a fisheye one) for this phone as it seems like the ring around the camera lens looks magnetic

  • John


  • Candyman

    Canada is to get the ZL.

  • Exodite

    Way more interesting than the Z IMHO, though unfortunately it’s unlikely to be available here (Sweden).

    The only bad thing I can see by going by the pictures is the raised camera module, that’s always terrible when putting the phone down.

  • Strange

    I WANT THIS ONE! I hope Singapore gets this.

  • wedjat

    same specs with 4,5 screen would be great /it can be 720 p(dont care) and same design

  • Ebenezum

    Completely agree. I don’t understand who wants to carry such device in his pocket :-(

  • azmadu

    If you have tiny hands like you then probably it is too big for you, but when you have large hands like me and many others then this is fine. ;-)

  • kiikooo

    is that because of the xperia canada tweet? I was waiting for a conformation since I was basically was gonna buy which ever releases here since I cant choose.
    Love Zl front but back not so much, While the Z has a beautiful feel to it. arghhhh

  • ruuteris

    NICE !!! I like this phone better than Z but only missing is water and dust proof .

  • Belgium, Austria, Russia, Portugal, Schweiz I think

  • I would like – I hope Sony to rethink distribution – to go mobile as well as the Czech Republic or Germany. In Barcelona , perhaps we will learn more.

  • kurt hinds

    I want the z in Canada :-)

  • John

    I live in the Netherlands so if Belgium gets it i will buy it there!

  • Felipe Pimenta

    XperiaBlog, include the XL, renamed as XQ being launched on Brazil also. No date of launch neither price available, though.

  • roeshak

    No ZL in the UK. Looks like we’re getting shafted again. Last to get software updates and now we don’t even get the same choice of devices. Oh well maybe they’ve spared me the misery of waiting for updates. Might have been tempted to get the ZL otherwise. Having said that, the Z is the more premium looking device with the same rectangular blocky design as the xperia S which did very well here especially in the first few months of it’s release. So maybe they’re just following the market trend.

  • arcwindz

    If you want to know whether your country get ZL or Z or even both, go to your local sony website and choose the “phone” tab under “product”
    My country got both, Yay! =D

  • Luca

    WTF SONY!?!I wanted tx but not for italy,i want zl but not for italy!Come on…z is too big for me,i’ll wait new htc and s4

  • Luca

    seems no plans for italy,thats why i’m angry XD :(

  • Nakata

    ZL would be more elegant if the back of it was thinner than this.

  • arcwindz

    Good luck then! there will probably no flagship that holds 4″ screen in the next 2-3 years, oh well, maybe Apple…

  • Lunkz

    WTF Sony? Sell it in Europe now! Fuc*ers

    I don’t want a waterproof phone with fuc*ing port-covers.

    I used only S/// phones in my phone history and thy come with some fuc*ing country restriction sh*t all the time,

    and then they wonder why people don’t buy there phones.

    Stupid Market Management and all other fuc*ers above

  • kenw

    The Z is all and good but practical purposes are Sony no longer making sub 4.2 inch phones

  • Felipe Pimenta

    How else they will protect the USB, Headphone, etc?

  • David Jay

    Sony should start on the right foot and launch with 4.2 then promise the upgrade to Keylime Pie. I see the Xperia S all over again (launched with Gingerbread with a very long wait to ICS)

  • tonid

    u have never had such a big phone that why u think like that,but believe me,the bigger the screen the more fun u get

  • Ryan G

    I like that thin bezel.

  • Lunkz

    The USB of my Arc are not protected and it works like a charm, headphone jack too.
    Only the HDMI is Protected but I don’t ever used it.

    And the ZL is not protected e.x. Headphone Jack
    Only the Z is Dust and Water proof.

  • they already posted on their Sony Mobile Canada facebook page, we are getting the ZL for sure. I believe North America is getting the ZL, if you look the specs and the network that it support.

  • paul4id

    WTF Sony? I’m in the UK and think that the ZL has a better size and better matte anti-fingerprint surface. The IR remote is cool too.

    Still even better would be a 2013 Xperia Pro at ? 4.5 inches.

  • just come out of the pages for each country of the world. And these countries report just XPERIA ZL.

  • tiagopetena

    Brazil will only get the ZL(which they’re calling ZQ) :(

  • reptile64

    BAD news everyone!!! It will be available only in USA and ASIA! Europe is out, sorry! :(

  • wegyyyt

    y sony y not uk so wanted this too bad ill go with gs4 they could of let atleast let one carrier have it the first time they make something to rival others they dont give it to a country like uk y seriously

  • My opinion too. I want ZL!!

  • grank

    I agree, I want to replace my Ray but all the small screen devices these days are ‘budget’ models with rubbish specs. It’s so frustrating; not everyone wants to carry around a phone the size of a calculator.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Oh you mean ZL lol. I though of Z. Anyway, I think it’s because of design, I don’t know. Have you seen pictures of XS without the USB flap? it looks shit…

  • Lunkz

    Yes the ZL :)

    I wont the ZL because it doesn’t have port-covers like the Z, but it’s not available in ger, uk and other Europe Countrys. So it’s a huge mistake of Sony.

    Sure it looks shit because the port is to deep in the phone, not like the arc. And a port-cover on USB or HDMI it’s not bad like on the Headphone Jack, that you use (in and out) multiple time on a day, and some day the port-cover breaks ( I give the jack cover 3 months )

  • Peter Griffin

    haha you europian jew-loving fags got served :D way to go Pony, finally getting it, NA is the only market you should concentrate on.

  • penubag

    The reason for only launching in selected markets is…?

  • Killing Spree

    according to a size comparison the s3 is bigger than z and zl despite the s3 having 4.8 screen. so if you own an s3 then this wont have any difference

  • Tim

    My buddy’s got an S3, it’s huuuuge for me.

  • eisuke

    you do realise the dimensions are almost the same at the T right? Only 3-4mm longer.

  • I’m from Mexico and I received an email from Sony presenting the Xperia ZL, so yeah maybe will be only available in America and Asia.

  • Fraulein

    Battery: 2,370mAh

  • Fraulein

    I think you mean that ZL is branded ZQ in Brazil. Different 4G freq

  • Nezar

    the ZL is no longer a sleek phone with that HUGE usb port. I mean what the hell?!?!?! I can’t buy the Z because the white one still has black on the front; and now I can’t buy the ZL because of this ugly giant usb port!!! Sony has a history of always including an element that will mess an otherwise perfect phone!!!

  • Did@

    I want even 6 inch, You can always buy 3 inch phone or old style lol

  • I agree with someone who comments on this page for 4″in screen this size the perfect I have xperia S it is a 4.3 ” in but I saw it is big what about z with 5″in I hope Sony have new phone with 4″in screen with high quality and performance the features almost seems like the xperia Z, this is the challenge if it un possible don’t care about screen resolution. I want to hear who agree with me

  • Does anyone know which ones are coming to the US?

  • Yeah, Indonesia got both 8)

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  • Why why why for selected markets only ?!?! That’s what makes the Sony of possible clients kidding? Sony does not want clients ? ! wrong decision from Sony.

  • b2ui

    ZL Come´s to Belgium (Mid March) Other´s Country´s in Europe Germany UK or others ????

  • TrickyNishidake

    They also tweeted that they’re still waiting on more details for the Z in Canada. Er, well not tweet but on the facebook.

  • blah

    Oh look, my dream phone from Sony isnt available in the UK again! First tx and now this one! Is it because you think Asians have small hands so only releasing in Asia? (apart from America) are u that stupid to think that there are none that exists in the UK? Youre just losing customers I swear

  • hamboy

    To compensate for your small penis ;-)

  • Noname Yet

    i don’t understand why Sony could make the ZL a completely white phone but couldn’t do it with the Xperia Z. it’s a bit weird to see a phone with a white back and black front. that’s the only reason i didn’t buy the white xperia s as well… although it looked better with the xperia S because it still had a white part below the strip. i’m just nitpicking here but they could have just made the Z completely white and I would buy the white version in an instant. the ZL looks like it’s better in some ways but doubt it’ll pop into this side of the world unless it’s parallel imported.

  • Me

    Have you actually looked at its dimensions or just the screen ? It has 5″ screen – being the same size as most 4,3″ devices… that is its really great feature

  • Me

    S3 is tiny for me… its a good thing that now we have choice – not only tiny devices because it was ‘cool’ to make everything smaller for so many years.

  • puzzled

    Like many others I want the ZL – not the oversized water-resistant Z with its annoying port flaps!! I’m in the UK and simply fail to understand why this, too, is not a chosen market for sale – crazy crazy SONY as I fear you will antagonise a lot of potential buyers. Yep!!!

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