xperia zl hands on

We already had our hands-on look at the Xperia Z this morning, and now we can take our first look at Sony’s counterpart device, the Xperia ZL.

The Xperia ZL is essentially the little brother of the Xperia Z. It’s pretty much the same in terms of hardware, but comes in a smaller, slightly differently shaped case. Both are 5” screen, quad-core smartphones, aimed at competing with the likes of the Galaxy Note 2. As you can see in the video, the Xperia ZL does a pretty good job of maximising the size of the screen, whilst still keeping it accessible using only one hand.

Spec wise, the Xperia ZL phone will have identical innards to the Xperia Z. So that’s a full 5” HD 1080p display, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of built-in storeage, up to 64GB additional microSD storage, a 13-megapixel camera with HDR video recording, NFC-enabled and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. But the ZL isn’t waterproof like the Xperia Z, so don’t plan on taking it swimming with you.

There are a couple of subtle differences between the two smartphones, other than just looks. Most noticeably the Xperia ZL is slightly curved, it also has a physical camera button, an infrared emitter for using it as a remote control, and a slightly larger 2,370 mAh battery. The Xperia ZL is a tiny bit thicker than the Xperia Z, but overall is the smaller device: 5.18 x 2.73 x 0.39 inches in size for the ZL, compared with 5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches for the Z.

Sadly there isn’t currently any information available about which markets the Xperia ZL will be appearing in, or how much it will cost.