If you still can’t tell the difference between the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, then it’s quite simple, despite the similarity in internal specifications – the former device is water and dustproof, while the latter is not. The latter device is also a bit thicker than the Xperia Z. With that out of the way, more news has emerged regarding availability of the Xperia ZL, Sony’s non-waterproof, non-dustproof co-flagship phone.
According to Eastern European tech site Android Geeks, the Sony Xperia ZL will be released in Russia “at the beginning of March”, which would be followed by a wider European launch. This follows reports of the Xperia ZL dropping in Canada and Germany sometime in the month of April.
Pricing, however, may be quite steep at 27,000 rubles for a non-contract 16 GB version – that would be equivalent to $880 USD. Still, it’s a bit cheaper than the Xperia Z, which costs 30,000 rubles, or approximately $980 USD. The German Xperia ZL costs 600 Euros ($785 USD), while the Canadian version is expected to cost about $700 or so.
The internal specifications of the Xperia ZL are virtually identical to the Z, as both have quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 GB RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Both phones also support 4G LTE and NFC, come with 13-megapixel rear cameras and 2,370 mAh batteries, and have 5-inch displays with full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, or 440-441 pixels per inch.