Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on May 16, 2013

Compare the Sony Xperia ZR and the Sony Xperia SP side-by-side… Is the 4.55-inch display on the Xperia ZR more advanced than the 4.6-inch screen on the Xperia SP? Does it feature a speedier processor? Can the Xperia SP take stunning photographs? HD Video? Find out which phone is better by checking the comparison below.

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Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Sony Xperia ZR VS Sony Xperia SP
Display 4.55-inch LCD 4.6-inch LCD
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(322.857 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(319.348 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.1
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
13.1 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode, 16x digital zoom and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 4.0 with A2DP
Size 67.3 x 131.3 x 10.5mm 67.1 x 130.6 x 10.0mm
Weight 138g 155g
Talktime 13.0 hours 19.0 hours
Standby 520 hours 734 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, IP55/IP58 certified – dust and waterproof, waterproof up to 1 metre/30 mins GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out

 

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP fight plays out…

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Connectivity

The Xperia ZR is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA chipset, along with NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. It also gets a speed boost with 4G connectivity. Sony has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. You can tick 4G networking too.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Size/Weight

Let’s get the tape measure out… The Xperia ZR measures 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5mm. In comparison, the Xperia SP is 130.6 x 67.1 x 10.0mm. The Xperia SP is the shorter of the two phones by 0.7mm. The Xperia SP weighs 155g, whereas the Xperia ZR is 17g lighter and weighs 138g.
— It’s a tie, the points are shared (2-2)

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Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Camera/Video

Sony has built a 13.1 Megapixel lens into the Xperia ZR together with features such as autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode, 16x digital zoom and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 0.3MP camera for video calls.

Despite autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording, the Xperia SP’s 8.0 Megapixel camera drops points here. A second 0.3MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— The Xperia ZR wins (3-2)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Display

The design of Sony’s Xperia ZR features a 4.55-inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. There are 921600 pixels overall, which translates to a brilliant 322.857 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Sony Xperia ZR features a 4.55-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 322.857.

In contrast, the 4.6-inch touch-sensitive LCD display on Sony’s phone is only a bit larger, measuring 4.6 inches. The 720 x 1280 pixel screen resolution is also identical. With 921600 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is 319.348 pixels per inch.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-3)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Processor

As for processing grunt, the Xperia SP uses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960T CPU, rated at 1.7GHz. The Xperia ZR’s engine is a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor.
— The Xperia ZR wins (5-3)

Half-time: Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP

At half-time, the Xperia ZR leads the Xperia SP and has opened up a useful 2-point lead. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Xperia SP has to offer in the second half.

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (6-4)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… The Xperia ZR stays out in front. There’s a small chance, however, that the Xperia SP could still win.
— The two phones share the points (7-5)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (8-6)

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Battery Life

In terms of battery performance, the Xperia ZR boasts 13.0 hours of talktime according to Sony, while the Xperia SP is rated at 19.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 520 hours and 734 hours respectively. The Xperia SP edges it in this round.
— The Xperia SP wins (8-7)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia SP – Extras

Finally, the Xperia ZR also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine 2, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, IP55/IP58 certified – dust and waterproof up to 1 metre/30 mins. In comparison, the Xperia SP is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a TV-out.
— The Xperia ZR wins (9-7)

BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia ZR wins! (9-7)

The Sony Xperia ZR wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia SP, taking 3 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 6 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Comparable
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Comparable
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Comparable
The best battery life: No
The best extras: Yes

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