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A screen as impressive as HDTV – Full HD Reality Display
Feel like you’re there with the razor sharp and super bright full HD screen. Xperia ZL brings you the highest level of HD available – 1080 progressive scan, for incredibly crisp pictures and no jagged edges. Expertise from our BRAVIA® TV engineers goes into our mobile screens, to bring you the same quality you’d expect from a top quality HDTV. The 5” full HD Reality Display also has very high pixel density – 443 pixels per inch, for razor sharp pictures – and superior brightness. And with the wide colour gamut it gives you the widest colour spectrum, so you can view every detail in vivid colour.
What does razor sharp and super bright feel like? Watch the display video.
True Screen intelligence – Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2
The second generation of our acclaimed Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 delivers an even better viewing experience by adding new real-time contrast optimisation to the sharpness enhancement, high-quality colour management and noise reduction. Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 is also able to analyse content type and adjust the image accordingly. Adding Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 to the Reality Display makes for an intelligent screen – one that adapts automatically to display your content in the best way.
(1) Contrast enhancement
Contrast in images and video is enhanced by making the darkest parts slightly darker, which brings out details in the picture.
(2) Colour Management
Colour saturation is increased for specified colour ranges, which makes the colours deeper and more vivid. And the intelligent Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 software reproduces skin colour exactly as it appears to the naked eye.
(3) Noise reduction
Distortion and noise is reduced when streaming low-quality video from online sources, such as YouTube. Noise is reduced both to individual frames and between frames, for clearer viewing.
(4) Sharpness filter
Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 applies a sharpness filter to increase the overall detail level in the image. This is done by enhancing the edges and contrast without increasing noise.
Less reflective with OptiContrast™
We’ve eliminated a layer of air in the construction, bringing the touch panel closer to the display. This OptiContrast™ panel makes for less reflection and clearer viewing – even in bright sunlight, as well as creating a seamlessly black surface when the phone is turned off.
(2) Removed air layer
(3) Sensor layer
Building something bright and brilliant
BRAVIA® engineers have discovered that we remember colours more vividly than they really are. That’s the kind of knowledge they put into creating brilliant colours for our screens. Get a peek at this precision craftsmanship in the video.
Sharp and crisp in every light. See the 13 MP camera in action.
Exmor RS™ for mobile – the world’s first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones
HDR for photos and videos captures natural colours in any light. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is an imaging technology used to capture clear photos against strong backlight. With HDR, the camera captures the same image at different exposure levels and layers them to create one optimised photo.
Xperia ZL introduces HDR to video, so that you can film even in high contrast situations, like in front of a window or with the sun behind your subject.
Always the right setting – Superior Auto
Now it’s always easy to get a great shot. With Superior Auto, you don’t have to know the ins and outs of camera settings to make use of them. In Superior Auto mode, the camera combines Scene Recognition with high quality and high performance image processing technology (HDR and noise reduction) to automatically shoot with the optimal settings. And your device is automatically optimised for 36 different scenes, so you always get the best shot.
Stunning shots in any light — 13 MP camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile
The 13 megapixel camera is built with the same modules as leading Sony cameras. Exmor RS™ for mobile is an evolution of our Sony image sensor technology, with a next-generation BSI light sensor. By adopting the technology of luminance and colour noise reduction, we’ve created a camera that snaps highly detailed shots with low noise – even in challenging lighting conditions. You’re now also able to reproduce objects in more vivid colours and capture night images and faces in stunning clarity. Exmor RS™ for mobile includes HDR video, for clear shots even when your subject is backlit.
World’s only dual Exmor R for mobile camera
We’ve included the Sony Exmor R™ for mobile sensor on the full HD front camera, so you can take self-portraits or chat in lowlight conditions as well. And both the front and rear cameras support HDR photos.
- Sweep panorama
- Modeless UI gives you instant access to both camera and video mode
- Take pictures in video mode
Never miss a moment — Burst mode
When you want to capture high intensity action, turn on burst mode. With the burst mode you can shoot an unlimited number of images at 10 frames per second and 9 MP resolution.
Find your memories in no time — Super-fast pinch to zoom
Our intuitive scaling mechanism is unique to Sony and makes it easy to find the picture you’re searching for in your album – quickly. Or search your personalised globe to find shots taken and tagged with specific locations.
Upload pictures and videos from your tablet camera to PlayMemories Online. Then view your photos on any device – tablet, phone, computer, or BRAVIA® TV.
* PlayMemories Online is not available in every market.
Design & Durability
Minimal yet distinctive – OmniBalance design
With Xperia Z, we introduce our new OmniBalance design. The design is focused on creating balance and symmetry in all directions. Xperia Z has subtly rounded edges and smooth, reflective surfaces on all sides, which are held together by an innovative skeleton frame.
Both the front and back are made of glass, with a seamless surface. Together with enhanced reflection coating on the top, bottom and sides, Xperia Z actually mirrors the world around you. OmniBalance design balances technology vs. design, letting you get so totally immersed in the content that the hardware disappears.
Xperia Z was designed in collaboration with Sony consumer electronics experts, for quality craftsmanship and consistent attention to details. Only premium materials were used throughout, like aluminium for the power and volume buttons and durable tempered glass for the front and back.
We’ve eliminated a layer of air and brought the display closer to the lens, for added touch sensitivity and a smaller size. This construction, along with a new component layout and skeleton frame allows for a slimness of 7.9 mm.
Premium design, outside and inside – Sony unified UI
Whether you’re on a Sony smartphone or tablet, you’ll meet a consistent user interface on your devices and in all your Sony Media apps.
Watch the video to see how Xperia Z combines beauty with toughness.
Water and dust resistant
We tested the Xperia Z to make sure it can keep going even after 30 minutes under water. It can even withstand water jets. The high IP55 & IP57 rating means you can use it in the rain, take photos by the pool and easily clean it off from everyday spills and dirt.
We even put Xperia Z in a dust chamber for rigorous testing, to make sure its operations were unaffected.
- Water resistant up to 1 meter
- Resistant to water jets
- Dust resistant
Durable glass panels
Both the front and back panels of Xperia Z are made of durable tempered glass that’s much stronger than conventional glass. Each glass panel also has an anti-shatter film for even greater durability.
An incredibly tough frame
The skeleton frame is made of tough glass fibre polyamide. It has superior mechanical strength, and is so strong that it’s often used as a metal substitute in cars and electronics.
Subtlety in every detail
How do you design something so that the design is hardly seen? How do you make a phone so seamless and smooth that the hardware almost disappears? We call this un-obtrusive design. Learn more about it in Xperia Z’s design video.
One-touch connectivity from Sony
Sharing with friends and connecting your world has never been easier. Based on NFC (near field communication), our One-touch functions connect one device to another in a single tap. No wires, cables, or fiddling with settings necessary.
See photos from your phone on your TV. Simply touch your smartphone to the remote from your BRAVIA® TV to activate screen mirroring.
Whether you take pictures on your Xperia ZL smartphone, tablet or camera, now you can store them in the same place. The Sony Personal Content Station™ is a wireless hub for photos and videos.
Play the music on your smartphone through a wireless speaker or wireless headphones.
Share photos, music and more between two phones, or between your phone and an NFC- enabled laptop.
How One-touch sharing works – learn more in the video.
From your smartphone to the big screen
Want to share your memories on the big screen? Or go from headphones to speakers? “Throw” content from your smartphone to your Wi-Fi-enabled TV through screen mirroring or DLNA, or send your tunes to a speaker via Bluetooth. Using “Throw”, your device finds the best way to wirelessly connect your smartphone to other devices. With an MHL cable, you can also mirror your phone’s full user interface on your TV and enjoy movies, games and more while charging.
Make your life simpler by setting up how your smartphone behaves when it connects to other devices. Open your music player when you connect your headphones, organise your SmartWatch, or activate your alarm clock when your phone touches the charging dock. Smart Connect is the software that lets you manage all your smart accessories.
Connect and drive
Xperia ZL supports MirrorLink™, which means you’re able to project your Xperia display onto your A/V receiver and stay safely connected while you drive. Hook up Xperia ZL to your Sony MirrorLink™ A/V receiver and use the touch screen on your dashboard to access maps, music, your phone book and more.
* Sony and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Xperia is the trademark or registered trademark of Sony Mobile Communications AB.
MirrorLink™ and the MirrorLink™ logo are certification marks of the Car Connectivity Consortium LLC. Unauthorised use is strictly prohibited.
Open Google maps automatically when you get in the car. Set your phone to vibrate mode at the office. Start your favourite playlist when you come home. NFC-enabled SmartTags trigger an action on your phone with a single touch.
Processor & Battery
Lightning speed performance – Quad-core processor
We’ve matched the latest Sony software with the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor. This advanced quad core processor gives you maximum performance and speed without draining your battery – run multiple apps simultaneously, surf the web with no loading time, and stream videos without a break. The Snapdragon S4 Pro processor is asynchronous, which means each core is powered up and down independently. So you get the precise amount of power when you need it, without wasting power when you don’t.
- Super-fast performance
- Better battery life
- Improved multitasking
With the Adreno 320 GPU (graphics processing unit) you play the most advanced and visually stunning 3D games, and browse the web quickly and smoothly.
- Twice as fast for gaming*
- Stutter-free web surfing
* Compared to previous version of Adreno
Ultra-fast LTE/4G technology
Snapdragon S4 Pro has a built-in LTE/4G modem. With it there are fewer dropped calls and speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G internet connections. Together with Sony’s expertise in radio technology, Snapdragon S4 Pro also ensures better reception in more places.
Fewer dropped calls
Network speed (up to):
Always loud and clear — HD Voice*
HD voice*eliminates background noise to improve voice clarity. That means that you can talk normally and be heard clearly, without having to raise your voice, even in noisy environments. Now you don’t have to shout to be heard, or try to find a quiet place for your conversation.
What’s the difference in sound?
* HD voice functionality is operator-dependant.
Smartphone with super power
The Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core processor gives you super-fast performance, unparalleled graphics and efficient battery use. Find your way on Google maps. Stream the latest YouTube clips with LTE. Or download the newest apps and run them without a hitch. Get it all when you want it – now.
Significantly improve battery life with Battery STAMINA mode
Smartphones use a lot of power, even when you’re not actively using them. All those apps that you have on your phone may still be running in the background, draining your battery. Battery STAMINA mode saves you wasted battery drain by recognising when your display is off and turning off functions you don’t need, while keeping the notifications you want. As soon as you wake up your Android smartphone, everything is up and running again.
Get only the important notices
With Battery STAMINA mode, Wi-Fi and data traffic are disabled during standby, but you still receive incoming calls, texts, and alarms. And since everyone has different needs, you can easily customise which apps you want to receive push notifications from even in standby mode. Facebook notifications on or off? It’s up to you.
Camera and video
- 13 megapixel Exmor RS camera with Auto focus and Burst Mode
- 16x digital zoom
- HDR for both picture/film
- Face detection
- Flash/Pulsed LED and Photo light
- Front-facing camera (2 MP 1080p Exmor R)
- HD video recording (1080p)
- Image stabiliser
- Picture Effect
- Quick Launch
- Red-eye reduction
- Scene recognition
- Send to web
- Smile detection
- Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor
- Superior Auto
- Sweep Panorama
- Touch focus
Display and design
- 5", 1920x1080 pixels, 16,777,216 colour TFT
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
- Scratch-resistant, shatter proof sheet on mineral glass
- Capacitive touchscreen with on-screen QWERTY keyboard
- Screenshot capturing
- Google Chrome*
- Google Play*
- Google search*
- Google Voice Search*
- Google Maps for Mobile with Street view and Latitude*
- Web browser (WebKit)
- Google Talk application*
- RAM: 2GB
- Flash memory: Up to 16 GB
- Expansion slot: microSD card, up to 32 GB
- UMTS HSPA+ (Bands 1, 3, 5, 8 or bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8)*
- GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
- LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)*
- 3D Surround Sound (VPT)
- Album art
- Bluetooth stereo (A2DP)
- Clear Audio+
- Dynamic normalizer
- Music tones (MP3/AAC)
- PlayNow service*
- TrackID music recognition*
- “WALKMAN” application
- xLoud™ Experience
- 3D games
- Motions gaming
- Video streaming
- Facebook application*
Connectivity and communication
- 3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA)
- Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
- DLNA Certified
- HDMI via MHL support
- Media Go
- Media Transfer Protocol support
- Micro USB support
- Native USB tethering
- PC Companion
- Screen mirroring
- Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google and SyncML
- USB charging
- USB High speed 2.0 support
- Xperia Link
- Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality
- Wi-Fi Miracast
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