Sony Xperia ZL white papers published [C6502, C6503, C6506]

by XB on 12/01/2013

in Xperia Z and Xperia ZL


Sony Mobile has finally released the white papers for the Xperia ZL (C650X ‘Odin’). Much like the Xperia Z (C660X) there are several network variants of the Xperia ZL that will be released. This includes model numbers C6502, C6503, C6506 globally and L35h for China. The C6502 and L35h are HSPA+ models, whilst the C6503 and C6506 support LTE bands also.

The white paper confirms that the Xperia ZL has a marginally higher embedded battery capacity (2370mAh) over the Xperia Z (2330mAh). The white papers also seem to suggest that the C6502 & L35H variants will come with a pressure sensor, whilst the other variants won’t. This may just be typo though as the white papers are known to have had mistakes in the past. As with the Xperia Z, of the 16GB internal storage around 5GB will be used for the firmware leaving 11GB for apps and media.

Anyway, the main difference between each SKU surrounds the network compatibility. Two models (C6503/C6506) will support different LTE bands. The C6503 is the model that will appear in Europe/Asia as LTE Bands 3, 7 and 20 are most prevalent here. The C6506 will offer LTE support in North America with LTE support for bands 4 and 17. The latter band gives the handset LTE support for AT&T in the US. You can see which bands each handset supports below:

Sony Xperia ZL (C650X) Network Support

C6502/L35H
UMTS HSPA+: 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900

C6503
UMTS HSPA+: 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
LTE: Band I, Band III, Band V, Band VII, Band VIII and Band XX

C6506
UMTS HSPA+: 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
GSM GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
LTE: Band I, Band II, Band IV, Band V and Band XVII

Sony Xperia ZL white paper C6502 (HSPA+)

Sony Xperia ZL white paper C6503 (LTE)

Sony Xperia ZL white paper C6506 (LTE)

Thanks Dacha!

  • John

    Mainland Europe? Netherlands?

  • Lewis Chiverton

    According to the white paper the ZL’s front facing camera can record in 1080p, Sony said it would only record 720p. So who’s telling the truth?

  • Lewis Chiverton

    So the ZL’s front-facing camera will record in 1080p after all after Sony said it would only go up to 720p. Glad to see that it’s coming to AT&T as well!!!!

  • Griff

    Who cares?Every freaking news is about the shiny Xperia Z that makes our phones look like garbage now.

  • Carl-Johan Nilsson

    Sony is the manufacturer that cares most for it’s full portfolio, even non-flagship models.

  • Carl-Johan Nilsson

    The white papers are probably more trustworthy than the demo people at CES.
    Seems they both do 1080p. Only difference is 2.2Mpxl versus 2.0Mpxl.

  • APai

    hmmm, sola ?

  • PRo

    ZL vl hav micro sd support upto 64gb wher Z vl hav upto 32gb……. Zl has 720p front camera, wher 1080p in Z…..

  • http://twitter.com/YourManAdrian Adrian Casillas

    If AT&T only get the ZL I’m not getting it. I want the Z -.-

  • APai

    I’d presume they could very well take 64 gb as reports of T using 64gb successfully. I don’t get it. why do manufacturers hold back on that info and state the reasons plainly ?

  • Kaostheory

    A portable scale, especially good for buying and selling drugs!

  • Carl-Johan Nilsson

    Well, let’s bring in the biggest player for comparison. They’re updating the S2, S3 and Note. That’s it. In comparison, Sony is doing one fine job updating ten(!) phones from 2012.
    The SXS being “last” has nothing to do with how Sony prioritises it. They have different teams optimising for the different platforms.
    Jelly Bean and “Project Butter” will make a difference to smoothness and the perception of the devices but it’s still a heavier OS. It’s seems lighter, but it’s actually heavier on the hardware.

  • Ameer Zul

    The Xperia UI is pretty heavy. most of phone reviewer said that. its not even close to Vanilla android UI smoothness but as far as i can tell, the new Xperia Ui is pretty fast and smooth :D

  • Chelios

    They switch strategies every year. I’m also frustrated with my T, it wasn’t even marketed here. The Bond-commercials all showed a Xperia S, as if the T didn’t exist. And the trend of makes phones the size of a brick isn’t to my liking either. If they do not have a high-end phone in 4″ in the pipeline, my next phone will not be a Sony.

  • KinG

    so Xperia ZL also will come to asia?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rayan.bayoumi Rayan Bayoumi

    both ZL and Z front facing cameras record 1080p for video. Page 8 in the white paper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sanyokfuriv Олександр Фурів
  • MoeJoe

    because the brightness is all the way up(i think).

  • http://www.facebook.com/sanyokfuriv Олександр Фурів

    any other thoughts ?

  • paul_cus

    The ZL showing up on AT&T would decide it for me. Can’t make up my mind, but I was leaning towards the ZL anyways.

  • APai

    Galaxy S III
    Galaxy S II
    Galaxy Note
    Galaxy Note II
    Galaxy S Advance
    Galaxy Music
    Galaxy Chat
    Galaxy Ace 2
    I8530 Galaxy Beam
    Galaxy Ace Plus
    Galaxy Mini II
    Galaxy S Duos

    not all that bad.

    “The SXS being “last” has nothing to do with how Sony prioritises it”
    yeah, just listen to anyone with sxs

    s advance has same spec as sola only 768 MB RAM, sony could have done that and saved face with so many buyers. s advance is getting jb

  • Griff

    ICS or JB,laggy software with phones like T and S is a design fault because those two phones have better specs than Nexus 7 so hardware requirements are more than enough here.

  • http://twitter.com/hipreetam93 Preetam Nath

    5 GB for firmware HOW!

  • Jeje

    i compared the Supported file format in Video Playback section between the Xperia Z and ZL on the white paper and i found that Xperia ZL supports .MP4, MKV, MOV while Xperia z only support .3GPP and .MP4. any comments?.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anleoflippy Anzio Krist Mozie

    Well, we can’t really tell the clarity of the screen through a video.
    You need to try it out at a retailer store.

  • Revanth

    I have Xperia ZL C6502 which stated that it would have pressure sensor but when i test it it wont work at al. i get an error saying that ” this device is not supported”

  • Revanth

    I have Xperia ZL C6502 which stated that it would have pressure sensor but when i test it it wont work at al. i get an error saying that ” this device is not supported”

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