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

by Jerry D on May 14, 2013

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.

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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
(322.857 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
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
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 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face/smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 2.2MP
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 71.0 x 139.0 x 7.9mm
Weight 138g 146g
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)

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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.

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.

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)

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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 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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