The Sony Xperia ZR gives you a different twist on the excellent Sony Xperia Z. Which phone wins if you do a side-by-side comparison? Does the 4.55-inch display on the Xperia ZR, defeat the one on the Xperia Z? Does the Xperia Z still feature the highest resolution camera? Compare the two phones for yourself in the table that follows.
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z: 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 Z|
|Display||4.55-inch LCD||5.0-inch Reality|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels
|1080 x 1920 pixels
|Processor||1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon||1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064|
|Software||Android 4.1||Android 4.1.2|
|Storage||8GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB||16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB|
|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||13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording|
|Yes, 0.3MP||Yes, 2.2MP|
|Bluetooth||4.0 with A2DP||4.0 with A2DP|
|Size||67.3 x 131.3 x 10.5mm||71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm|
|Talktime||13.0 hours||14.0 hours|
|Standby||520 hours||530 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 and IP58 certified – dust and waterproof up to 1 metre/30 mins||GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, IP57 rated, dust & water resistant, waterproof to 1 metre|
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z 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 Z fight plays out…
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Connectivity
The Xperia ZR is a 3G/HSDPA phone with added NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. 4G connectivity is also supported. Sony, meanwhile, has packed its phone with tech that includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP. You also get 4G as standard.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Size/Weight
Get the spec sheets out and we can compare sizes. The newer Xperia ZR measures 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5mm, while the Xperia Z is 139.0 x 71.0 x 7.9mm. The Xperia Z is the lengthier of the two phones by a margin of 7.7mm. Neither the Xperia Z or the Xperia ZR is unwieldy. The former weighs 146g; the latter weighs a mere 138g. The Xperia Z takes the lead.
— The Xperia Z wins (1-2)
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Camera/Video
The Xperia ZR is equipped with a 13.1 Megapixel camera ( pixels) with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama mode, 16x digital zoom and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 0.3MP camera on the front.
With autofocus, an LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording, the Xperia Z’s 13.0 Megapixel package is just as capable. The resolution of its front-facing camera is 2.2M, trumping the poor-quality VGA lens on the ZR.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Display
The Xperia ZR incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 4.55 inches in size and with a resolution of 720 x 1280. With this 4.55-inch display and a sky-high overall pixel count of 921600, the Xperia ZR has a strong pixels per inch rating of 322.857.
|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.|
The 5.0-inch touch-sensitive Reality screen on the Xperia Z is not noticeably bigger. Do the math again and, with 2073600 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a striking 440.6.
— The Xperia Z wins (2-4)
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Processor
1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon vs. 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064…
— It’s a tie, one point each (3-5)
Half-time: Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z
With five rounds gone, the Xperia Z is out in front by 5-3. A lead of 2. Can the Xperia ZR fight back? The next round is software…
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Software
Neither phone wins this Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (4-6)
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Applications
It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here either. Which means… There are three rounds to go and the Xperia Z is still in the lead. It looks like the Xperia ZR is going to lose this fight.
— The two phones share the points (5-7)
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Storage
This next round is about storage. The Xperia ZR includes 8GB of internal storage as standard. The Sony Xperia Z only comes in one version, which packs in 16GB of storage. Of course, the Xperia ZR also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the maximum memory to 40GB. The 16GB storage capacity on Sony’s phone can also be expanded to a high of 48GB via its built-in microSD slot.
— The Xperia Z wins (5-8)
Sony Xperia ZR vs. Sony Xperia Z – Battery Life
As an indication of battery life, the Xperia ZR weighs in with 13.0 hours of talktime; the Xperia Z in comparison boasts 14.0 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, the ZR can last 520 hours, while Sony’s Z boasts 530 hours. The points in this round belong to the Xperia Z.
— The Xperia Z wins (5-9)
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 Z – 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, waterproof up to 1 metre/30 mins.
In comparison, the Xperia Z is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, TV-out, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Plus it’s IP57-rated, which makes it dust and water resistant. You can check out the toughness ratings here.
— The Xperia ZR wins (6-9)
BPF Verdict: The Sony Xperia Z wins! (6-9)
The Sony Xperia Z wins this match-up. It beats the Sony Xperia ZR, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:
The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: Yes
The best camera/video: Comparable
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Comparable
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: No
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