Sony’s fatter, aquaphobic version of the Xperia Z, the Xperia ZL, now up for pre-order in the U.S.

Sony Xperia ZLCheck out our full review of the Sony Xperia ZL smartphone.

Sony has put the Xperia ZL smartphone up for pre-order in the U.S. via its own online store. Wait, you may be saying, we know all about the Xperia Z. Well, this is a different version of this year’s Sony flagship phone, designed to meet different needs and different wallets, so here’s what you need to know.

Like the Xperia Z, the Xperia ZL has a 5-inch, 1080p display which uses Sony’s Bravia Engine 2. It’s powered by a 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, plus there’s a 13-megapixel camera using Sony’s Exmor RS sensor on the rear of the casing. Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes pre-installed along with the Walkman music player and several spec niceties such as NFC, DLNA and a microSD card slot.

The Xperia ZL shares all those features with the Xperia Z, so where’s the difference? For a start, the Xperia ZL is not water resistant or dust proof, meaning it’ll have to be treated with more respect, and the glass rear panel found on the Xperia Z has been replaced by one made of glass fiber polymide on the Xperia ZL. This alteration brings about perhaps the most significant difference between the two phones, as the Xperia ZL is slightly thicker and heavier than the Xperia Z. How much? An Xperia ZL sat in the palm of your hand will measure 9.8mm thick and weigh 151 grams, while the Xperia Z is a more lithe 7.9mm thick and 146 grams.

There are two versions of the Xperia ZL available, on with 3G and HSPA+, and the other with 4G LTE. According to the store, an unlocked HSPA+ Xperia ZL (with the model number C6502) will cost $720, while the LTE-equipped C6506 is $760. If you order one today, the shipping date is expected to be April 8. Eager buyers have the choice between a black, white or red phone, just like the Xperia Z.

Mobile

The best Xperia XZ3 cases to keep your new Sony phone shiny

The Xperia XZ3 is a great phone with powerful hardware, a capable camera, and a lovely glass design. But glass is fragile, and can be broken. Here are some of the best Xperia XZ3 cases to prevent that.
Mobile

Key settings you need to change on your Sony Xperia XZ3

The first thing you need to do when you buy a new phone is dig into the settings and customize it to your liking. We’ve got step-by-step instructions for tweaking key settings on your Sony Xperia XZ3 right here.
Mobile

Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Flagship fight

When it comes to stunning flagships, Samsung and Huawei are often the first names the come to mind. And the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro is no exception. So how does it compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? We put the two to the test to find out.
Mobile

Check out our handy step-by-step tips for the awesome new Sony Xperia XZ3

This slick, stylish new Sony smartphone has hidden depths, and we’re here to help you unlock them with our Xperia XZ3 tips roundup. We’ve got advice on how to get the best picture, sound, and more in this easy step-by-step guide.
Mobile

There are four versions of the Mate 20, but which one is the best?

Huawei revealed its full range of Mate 20 handsets, and it seems that there is a device that fits everyone's needs. We've compared all the options, including the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 X, the Mate 20, and the Mate 20 Lite.
Mobile

Keep your new Google phone pixel perfect with the best Pixel 3 cases

If you want your new Google phone to stay pixel perfect, then you should snag one of the best Pixel 3 cases. We've scoped out some of your best options so far based on different styles, levels of protection, and budgets.
Product Review

We can’t find a reason to buy the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS over the Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro looks like an exceptional phone, so can a version with Porsche Design’s involvement be worth spending twice as much on? We’ve taken the phone for a test drive.
Mobile

Huawei is working on a 5G foldable phone, the Mate 20 X may be its template

Huawei is working on a folding 5G smartphone, according to the company's CEO, Richard Yu. He also provoked speculation the phone may have something in common with the massive Mate 20 X and its 7.2-inch screen.
Mobile

Apple sends out invites for October hardware event, new iPad Pro expected

The new iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch aren't the last devices we'll see from Apple in 2018. There are plenty of rumors about a new iPad coming this year too, and it may share some design similarities with the new phones.
Mobile

Number not recognized? Here's why you're receiving calls from 'Scam Likely'

While it may seem like a bold marketing move to tag your calls "Scam Likely," these alerts are actually your carrier's way of helping you identify scams. Here, we'll walk you through what exactly these markers mean and how you can turn them…
Music

How much is Spotify Premium, and how can you get it at a discount?

Having access to millions of songs comes at a price -- albeit, a pretty small one. Before you figure out how much is Spotify Premium going to cost you, you will want to see if you qualify for a discounted (or even free) subscription.
Mobile

Master your new Google phone with these handy Pixel 3 and 3 XL tips

If you’re hunting for some Pixel 3 tips to help you get more from your Google phone, then you’ll find them right here. We’ve got tips for shortcuts, camera controls, and more. All these tips will also work for the Pixel 3 XL.
Mobile

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available for purchase

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Mobile

The world’s thinnest smartphone fits alongside your business cards

Kyocera has taken the wraps off of a new smartphone called the KY-O1L. The device is a tiny 5.3mm thick and is specifically billed as being a phone that can fit inside a business card holder.