Here in New Zealand, ZL is only available via parallel importers:
* ZL C6502 = US$481
* ZL C6503 = US$557.
Sony Mobile NZ has only officially sold the Z (C6603) in Black for US$789.
Z via a parallel importer, you get a choice of all three colours starting at:
* Z C6602 = US$525
* Z C6603 = US$505.
In no way do I see my ZL as the poor, bastard child compared to the Z.
I chose ZL over the Z because I didn't trust the glass construction of the Z.
Which lead designer Keita Hibi refers to regarding the Z1 design:
#interview – designing Xperia Z1
Then there's the improved ZL display with superior black level, and contrast, over the Z.
The much more stylised notification light.
Textured rear guaranteeing no finger marks and secure handling.
Backed up with far superior loudspeaker performance.
All in a more.compact form factor, if not 'the' most compact form for a 5 inch smartphone.
That's what sealed it for me.
To this day, I have always been mystified as to why Sony Mobile chose to limit the release of ZL to certain markets, unlike the worldwide release of the Z.
Thanks to xda, I've been able to confirm my ZL is a Singaporean unit
Sent from my C6503 using xda app-developers app