Xperia ZL2 hands-on photos and videos

by XB on 10th May 2014

in Hands On, Videos, Xperia - Japan Models, Xperia Z1

Xperia ZL2 Hands-On_2Earlier this week, we saw a new Sony handset launch in Japan for au by KDDI called the Xperia ZL2. The feature-set closely resembles the Xperia Z2, although the design is different. The Xperia ZL2 comes with a smaller 5-inch FHD display, a plastic back and a slightly smaller, but thicker chassis than the Xperia Z2.

Reports from Japan indicate that the Xperia ZL2 will come with a VA panel, similar to the Xperia Z1, which may disappoint some who were hoping to see Sony adopt IPS panels for all of its future high-end phones. If you want to get a closer look at the phone, we’ve included some hands-on photos and videos of the Xperia ZL2 below. There are also some pics comparing the Xperia ZL2 against the Xperia Z1, so you can see just how chunky it is.

Xperia ZL2 (SOL25) hands-on videos

Xperia ZL2 comes with a VA panel, instead of IPS
– The video below compares the Xperia ZL2 to the Xperia Z1, which also had a VA panel

Xperia ZL2 (SOL25) hands-on photos

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Xperia ZL2 compared to the Xperia Z1

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Via Blog of Mobile, Gigazine, RBMen, Watch Impress and Xperia-Freaks.

  • ss


    TN (Twisted Nematic) is the most common technology and also the oldest. The main advantage is that it provides the shortest response times, making them good for gaming. In combination with LED back-lighting, TN monitors also offer high brightness and draw less power than competing technologies. Another important factor is that they are cheap to manufacture, resulting in low prices for end users.

    The drawbacks to the technology is the color shifts that occur at wider viewing angles. There are large differences in quality between different products, but the lower-end ones will exhibit color shift even at moderate angle changes. A TN-based display can usually be identified through these color distortions when viewing the picture from above or from the sides.


    The main advantages with IPS monitors is that the technology offer noticeably better color reproduction as well as much better viewing angles. The downside used to be a difficulty to emphasize blacks, which in turn meant problems with the contrast. IPS panels were also very expensive and slow in the beginning.

    Now the manufacturers have started producing so-called Super-IPS (S-IPS) panels at reasonable prices. Response times have crept down considerably and the contrast is much better. In addition, color display and the options to calibrate the colors are superior to the other panel types. IPS panels keep colors constant, even in sharp angles.

    VA – MVA and PVA

    Further developments have led to MVA and PVA, where the manufacturers are trying to find a technique that would combine the advantages of both TN and IPS. MVA panels offer good viewing angles and generally better blacks and contrast than either TN or IPS panels. Their response times also look good on paper, but unfortunately not in the real world

    Even if the response time for white to black is low, it is often considerably higher between two dark tones, leading to Ghosting effects. Another weakness is the color reproduction, which in itself is better than TN but not as good as IPS. PVA panels are in many ways similar to MVA, but have even better blacks and great contrast. The problem with ghosting remains, however.


    As you have probably gathered by now, there is no single type of LCD that is good at everything. What panel type you choose must be a compromise based on how you use the monitor. Gamers will generally be happy with TN panels and their exceptional response time. Photographers and graphic designers should buy an IPS monitor instead.

    If you are a writer or work in any other field where contrast is an important factor you should have a look at a monitor with an MVA or PVA panel. If you use the screen to the little bit of everything, you might choose a TN-based monitor to save money or a high-end IPS with low response time if you won’t settle for just the mere basics.

  • azzido

    this plastic is ugly :/
    Since the glass come with 1st Z I do not imagine going back to the plastic anymore…

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    To bad zl2 still using va panel. Why sony must lowering the spec between z2 and zl2? This is just like z vs zl . The other one gets alluminium power key and the other one get plastic with silver coating ( will tears off within a month++ ). Just reduce the size, not tearing off the spec and quality sony.

  • Guest

    It’s “Too bad” too indicates excess or more than it should be.

  • paul_cus

    Bummer that Sony didn’t fix the display.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo


  • metcarded

    I was considering waiting for a global version of this phone, but the inferior screen to the Z2 just makes the decision to purchase the Z2 much easier.
    Shame. I do prefer the more durable plastic and smaller form factor.

  • xperianer

    i like the front. but thats all…

    goddamn, still no phone design can compete with my xperia T.

    from my understanding of design, the xperia T was the last really unique, fresh, solid, masculine designed phone. (not only from sony)

    i so much love the gummed back, this is for sure the best material for a phone. no idea why everyone wanne have metal or glass^^

    also this arc design, hmhmmmmm. and a 4,6inch screen in a 130mm height…so nice to use with kitkat, fullscreen and lmt launcher.

    oh i have to stop, before i get handgasms by thinking of my old but still daily driver :D

    just sayin^^

  • Sumo

    Don’t like the plastic cover.. but the blue color looks really sharp and nice.

  • Berkhan O?ulcan Akçay

    I’m a T owner. And I completely agree with you!

    I will not change my Bond Phone till it dies!

  • Val

    Is it really zl2? It’s more of a zr2.

  • Colby Leong

    Think of it as the cheaper Z2, same specs just a out friendly design

  • Colby Leong

    Sony should adopt blue or even red into their flagship colors

  • dd

    Id like to see this next to the original Xperia ZL. This has even thicker side bezels than the Z2 from that pic above.

  • kororo

    it’s more of a slightly better z1. let’s not damage the z2 name since most of the 2s sony released this year have been impressive. the t2 ultra has an excellent display and battery. the e2 does not suffer from awful viewing angles and also has a relatively good battery life.

    the z and zl displays bring to mind those days when sony was the laughingstock of the mobile world.

  • Nidou

    I had Xperia Z and I upgraded to Z1 recently.. both has glass back panel which I found so elegant and premium.. I hope the next GEN of Sony flagships will continue with glass but a different design philosophy or, a full aluminum unibody!

  • Hamed Azizi

    ZL was better (in design). Bezels were legendary.

  • Hamed Azizi

    I agree. ZL2 is really ugly on the back side.

  • Hamed Azizi

    What is Mark?

  • mountain

    Its quite obvious. Sony bought millions of 5″ pannels when producing the z1 hoping for a lower production cost, and seeing the panel is good enough. However, as technology changes, they have to find a.way to get rid of the old stock. Thats why they will use the same panel for all 5″ fhd models (not xperia c)

    A good bet is future 5″ mid end devices will use the same panel.

  • Mohidin Momo

    I want this as my XperiaV replacement… glad this phone come out as im seduced by the beauty of 5 inch screen on Lumia 930

  • Legolas

    yup you are right it looks beautiful even now…

  • ????? ?????..

    Xperia TX looks and feels way much better than the T, and I like it…slimmer lighter and amazingly fashionable with replaceable battery

  • Ziich


  • Hamed Azizi

    Maybe something better. I don’t know.

  • mllddl

    it’s felica

  • Hamed Azizi

    Problem solved :)

  • alex

    New Zl looks like, back step (

  • Didier Surka

    I got my zl a year ago. I guess I have another year until a switch is needed and my current contract expires. But if Ihad to choose today Id choose my zl again with updated.internals and that’s it. The phone / screen size is just perfect.

  • Tech Gospel

    Like the Xperia P… or the design of the Xperia ray!!!

  • Nidou

    Yeah why not

  • Mohammed Khired

    only if it were same texture as the ZL….

    they should name this device Zr 2 , seems better..

  • Micro

    oh yeah? look at the plastic back of the GS5 xD

  • jonathan

    I think is Japanese for NFC

  • Hamed Azizi
  • Hamed Azizi

    I had it for 6 month. Everything was perfect. Sony should only update it’s specs not ruin the design.

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