Sony Xperia ZL UI

Sony stole the show at this year’s CES, with a couple of great smartphone announcements, and while the Xperia Z may have been the star, the Sony Xperia ZL is no slouch, as long as no water is involved. In fact, if you aren’t someone who loses phones to water damage often, the Xperia ZL may be preferred, as it features a more compact design and a dedicated camera button, which some consumers may prefer, but has the same specifications as the Xperia Z. If you’ve been waiting for the Xperia ZL, the good news is that the device will be releasing very soon!

After confirmation that the Sony Xperia ZL will be launching in Russia, Germany, and Canada in March and April, we’re looking at a similar US release date as well, with the smartphone showing up on the official Sony Store, tagged “Coming Soon.” Also confirmed is the availability of a red version of the Xperia ZL, which has only been seen so far in images leaked online. Other color options include black and white. The model number (C6506) indicates that this is one of the 4G LTE versions, and the device will be available unlocked (sim-free).

Further adding to the confirmation of the imminent release, the Sony Xperia ZL has also shown up on PC Companion and the Sony Update Service.

Here’s a quick look at the specifications of the Sony Xperia ZL –

  • 5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • 1.5Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 2,370 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

The Sony Xperia ZL has been pushed to the background with the Xperia Z stealing the spotlight, but it’s still a beautifully-designed smartphone with amazing specifications, and if water-resistance and the tempered-glass finish of the Xperia Z aren’t must-haves, the Xperia ZL could prove to be the slightly cheaper, but equally good, alternative.

Still undecided? Check out our hands-on comparison of the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL –

Will you be picking up the Sony Xperia ZL when it is released, or would you rather buy the Xperia Z? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Ankit Banerjee
My primary profession lies in the Network Design Engineering field. I have always been passionate about the latest trends in mobile communication advances around the world.