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Sony Xperia ZL C6506 Black 4G LTE Quad-Core 1.5 GHz 16GB Unlocked Cell Phone

  • Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Wi-Fi/GPS/NFC
  • 5" TFT Touch Screen
  • 13.0 MP Camera 1080p HD Video Capture LED Flash
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Sony Xperia™ ZL C6506 Red 4G LTE
Experience the Best of Sony in a Smartphone

A Razor Sharp 5" Full HD Reality Display in an Amazingly Compact Design
Xperia™ ZL 5.33 ounces
151 grams
Xperia™ ZL 5.18 x 2.7 x 0.39 inches (131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8mm)
Xperia™ ZL 5-Inch Scratch-Resistant TFT Touchscreen 16 Million Colors / 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Xperia™ ZL Google Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad Core
Xperia™ ZL Talk time (up to): 10 hours* Standby time (up to): 500 hours*
Xperia™ ZL 13-Megapixel Exmor RS Camera with Auto Focus and Flash 2MP, 1080p Front Facing Camera

*Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and phone usage.
Xperia™ ZL

Amazingly Compact 5"

What if you could make the display bigger without increasing the size of your phone? Xperia™ ZL manages the design impossible: a 5" display in a smartphone that fits comfortably in your hand. Optimizing component architecture, Sony engineers increased display size while keeping the phone small. The result is the smartphone with a very high screen to phone size ratio.

Xperia™ ZL

Razor Sharp Super Bright Display

Expertise from our BRAVIA® TV engineers goes right into our mobile screens. Feel like you're part of the action with the 1920 x 1080 full HD Reality Display. Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 automatically optimizes images so they're sharper and brighter. It also offers you superb contrast and color management. With a very high pixel density and superior brightness, view super sharp images and text with great readability even in sunlight. The OptiContrast™ panel brings you clearer images when the screen is active, and a seamless black look when in standby.

Stunning Photos and Videos in Any Light

Our smartphone cameras are built with Sony's digital imaging expertise and leading camera technology to bring you ultra-sharp photos and videos, wherever and whenever. Xperia ZL's primary camera features Exmor RS™ for Mobile, the world's first image sensor with HDR video for smartphones**, so you can shoot beautiful stills and movies even against strong light. The front-facing camera uses the Exmor R for Mobile image sensor, making it the first dual Exmor R™ device. Not a pro with settings? Superior Auto mode automatically activates HDR and noise reduction.

**Verified by Strategy Analytics as of February 4, 2013.

Xperia™ ZL
Xperia™ ZL

One-Touch Entertainment

Discover the easy and fast way to wirelessly share music and photos from your smartphone with one-touch sharing and one-touch listening. One-touch mirroring* with NFC technology lets you easily see content on your phone, on your BRAVIA® TV. Just touch your phone to your BRAVIA® remote control and watch your photos, music and more pop up on the TV screen. No cables, no buttons, no confusion.

*One-touch mirroring is designed to work together with an NFC-enabled BRAVIA® TV.

Xperia™ ZL

Better Battery Life

With Battery STAMINA Mode you have intelligent battery management to significantly improve your standby time. Your phone knows when your screen is off and shuts down the battery-draining apps you don't need, and then starts them up again when the screen is back on.

Stream Endless Content for an Unlimited Entertainment Experience with Sony Entertainment Network

Sony Entertainment Network instantly delivers music, movies, games and more. It's your all-access pass to your favorite entertainment. With a common sign-on ID and digital wallet, enjoy all this and more. It's the perfect fit for a life full of entertainment.

Game On!

In the mood for a brain teaser? Or are your fingers itching to do battle? With your PlayStation™ Certified smartphone, you'll have direct access to PlayStation® Store for PlayStation® Mobile*, where you can browse a catalogue of great games developed for PlayStation® Mobile. Download something today and say goodbye to boredom.

*PlayStation® Mobile is currently available in the US, Canada, Japan, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Australia only.
Unlocked Phone

This phone is not locked to any specific carrier and comes unlocked by the manufacturer. It can be used with a GSM network service provider of your choice. It does not come with a SIM card, and it requires that you provide a SIM card from your selected service provider.

This phone is compatible with cellular networks that support GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA Bands 1/2/4/5/8, and LTE Bands 1/2/4/5/17. In areas not served by a 3G data network, you'll continue to receive 2G data service (depending on network compatibility).

The downloading of maps, games, music and videos and uploading of images and videos involves transferring large amounts of data. Your service provider may charge for the data transmission, and the availability of particular services and features may vary by carrier.

This phone comes with a limited 1-year manufacturer's warranty in the U.S. with original purchase.

For more information on the product, see the "Important Information" guide included with the phone.

Learn more about the Sony Mobile C6506


Xperia ZL
Form Factor
Smart Phones


Wireless Radio
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
Compatible Carrier & Service
AT&T 2G/3G/4G LTE, T-Mobile 2G/3G/4G LTE, Rogers, Fido
AT&T 3G or T-Mobile 3G Only
Wi-Fi Support
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Data transfer


GPS Integrated
A-GPS support and GLONASS
MP3 ringtones

MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
SMS (threaded view), MMS, IM
Email, Push Email
Additional Function


Operating System
Android v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm Krait
CPU Core
CPU Speed
Qualcomm MDM9215M / APQ8064 Chipset, Adreno 320 GPU
Internal Memory
16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Card Slot
MicroSD(TF Card)
Card Capacity Support
Up to 32GB


Main Display Size
Main Display Color
Main Display Format
Main Display Resolution
1920 x 1080
Touch Screen
Capacitive Touchscreen


13.0 MP
Camera Zoom
Auto Focus
HD Video Capture
Second Camera
2.0 MP, 1080p

I/O Interface

Bluetooth Support
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
3.5mm jack, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)


Battery Type
Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Capacity
Talk Time
Up to 10 hours (2G) / Up to 13 hours (3G)
Standby Time
Up to 500 hours (2G) / Up to 500 hours (3G)
Operating Time
Music play: Up to 40 hours


SNS integration

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Document viewer

Photo viewer/editor


Multitouch: up to 10 fingers

Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

Timescape UI

Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2


Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, sweep panorama

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


Stereo FM radio with RDS

Java MIDP emulator

TV-out (via MHL A/V link)

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Voice memo/dial

Predictive text input


5.18" x 2.7" x 0.39"
5.33 oz.

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  • Cullen B.
  • 7/28/2014 6:43:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Top notch design ONE OF THE BEST OUT/TIMELESS
Pretty much everything EXCEPT

Cons: -The display... I hate to say it. (read on in my other thoughts)
-Some parts of the U.I.

Other Thoughts: This is a great phone. It has a nice build quality that's sturdy and hints on being classy. Interacting with it you definitely know you have something of high quality in your hand. Its very pleasing to the eye with it's small bezels and so much screen. It holds connections like a dream and it runs everything I've thrown at it the same.

However, I was disappointed with the screen. I thought at 1080p with 441ppi (pixels per inch) that it would have blown my older, 720p 324ppi, LG Optimus G e970 out of water. However, this wasn't the case. My LG still looks quite noticeably better in a side by side comparison in normal operations... homescreen(s)/web browsing/ etc. But in the gallery when the bravia mobile engine is kickin in it absolute crushes the LG in comparison, which is to say somewhat disappointing knowing that it has this capability, but is only used selectively. Colors are left washed out when the godly bravia engine is sleeping.

The UI has managed to frustrate me a few times. This phone has clashing bloatware from Sony and Google. It get's in the way when you're trying to figure things out, and when you're learning the phone. I also don't like Chrome mobile much as a browser which is the only option right out the box. I figure with time, and a little bit of the app store, this won't be much of a concern. Also, this phone doesn't have a RAM optimizer. It has something similar that it refers to as power management... but not really ideal. You also might want to know that the Sony apps have a lot of marketing incorporated and it's kind of annoying, but they require you selcting the option to be pestered.

Overall this phone is 4 eggs. I'm not going to go into any more detail, all I will leave you "on the fence'rs" with is, "This would be the perfect phone if the screen ran at it's full potential in every aspect in which it was used, and the U.I. was tweeked. If this were the case I would never buy another phone... probably." I know you"ll feel the same way.

Price wise=WORTH but just hardly

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  • Eric R.
  • 4/14/2014 12:22:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat phone

Pros: quad-core
internal memory
perfect screen size
nice camera with lots of features
black, white, red or purple (I chose red)
high quality feel
perfect weight
large battery
user friendly
3rd Sony phone over the last 8 years, it's nice to have something different that compares or surpasses all the usual phones everyone else has!

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: all the issues I have had so far were basically user

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  • David A.
  • 10/27/2013 11:56:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Screen

Pros: Very fast and smooth, I work outside and the screen in the sun is super. Great phone ++

Cons: None

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  • Roger V.
  • 6/6/2013 9:46:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe best phone of the year

Pros: very light and comfortable to hold, very fast and fluid you blink and u miss it, gorgeous screen, dedicated camera button, sd card expansion, amazin signal quality and just about every radio frequency used in the world.

Cons: i really cant think of a bad thing about this phone except maybe the back feels a bit weak but case should take care of that and i say it feels but it doesnt necesarily means it is i havent tested its endurance and i dont plan to ;)

Other Thoughts: this phone is very well designed and with the customer in mind. a dedicated camera button for a camera phone is common sense i cant believe other phones stopped putting one, the button occupies no space and is very useful. the camera is excellent and the auto mode doesn't just take a picture it detects the best scenario and changes settings on the fly, for example if it detects movement and low light it activates those settings in like a second to compensate AND IT WORKS!! again the CPU and graphics are very very fast they never stutter ever. the android experience is the best ive had so far and i have the comparison because my girls has the htc one and i just sold my galaxy s3. the htc one is too simple and it takes a while to find what you r looking for and it reminds me of the iphone eww. the galaxy is so saturated that ive had too many issues with it like force closes and restarts and the touch wiz is very very ugly to be honest. i believe sony designed a very good ui is very pretty like the htc one and more productive and useful than touch wiz. but the best feature is in the cellular radios which sony was kind enough to include just about every radio you can use. hspa and hspa+ work perfectly on tmobile and so does LTE. the speeds are insane i compared it to another tmobile phone in the same spot and i get twice the speed. i got 8 mbps download in the basement with hspa+ and barely a bar!!! and it works with no drama even the apn are downloaded automatically this phone is that good. in my opinion this should be the standard for unlocked phones and everything else cuts corners that might or might not become a problem and ruin the user experience and make you wonder why you paid so much money for nothing. and also the price is much better and even a locked phone, 560 dollars is a very very reasonable price for what you get.

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