Difference between Sony Xperia ZR and HTC One

Key difference: The Sony Xperia ZR is essentially a smaller version of the flagship Xperia Z that offers much of the same features. Like the Xperia Z, the new Xperia ZR is water and dust resistant. However, the phone can also be used underwater and can sustain being submerged under water for up to 30 minutes, unlike the Z. The Xperia ZR runs on Android OS, v4.1 Jelly Bean, which is powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor with 2 GB of RAM. HTC One sports a 4.7 inch Super LCD3, with Full HD1080p, 468 PPI and Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The HTC One comes with Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean that is upgradable to v4.2.2. It includes a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB DDR2.

Sony is a prominent technology company and is known best for its electronics such as phones, TVs, gaming systems, etc. Xperia is a well known brand of smartphones that are a part of the Sony Mobile. The Xperia brand was initially a collaboration with Ericsson but has since then been dissolved. Now, Sony has single handedly taken it upon itself to ship out new phones, while maintaining the level of quality and design of the older versions.

One of the most popular phones recently has been the Xperia Z, which is a dust-proof and water-proof phone. It was the flagship phone for Sony. Sony has since announced smaller and cheaper variants of the phone: the Sony Xperia ZL and the Sony Xperia ZR. The Sony Xperia ZR is essentially a smaller version of the flagship Xperia Z that offers much of the same features.

Like the Xperia Z, the new Xperia ZR is water and dust resistant. However, the phone can also be used underwater and can sustain being submerged under water for up to 30 minutes, unlike the Z. Nonetheless, the ZR cannot be submerged under salt water, fresh water only! The device has a dedicated camera key which allows the user to shoot images and HD video underwater.

The Xperia ZR runs on Android OS, v4.1 Jelly Bean, which is powered by a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor with 2 GB of RAM. The phone has 8 GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 32 GB via a microSD card.

The phone features a 4.55 inches TFT screen which is “as impressive as HDTV – HD Reality Display,’ according to Xperia ZR’s website. The screen is enhanced by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone also has a 13 megapixel fast-capture camera with Exmor RS, which enhances low lighting images. The device also has a secondary front-facing VGA camera.

Taiwanese company, HTC Corporation is one of the key players in the market of smartphones and tablets. One of its most popular series is the HTC One. HTC One was originally launched as the brand name for a series of Android phones by the company. These included HTC One X, HTC One X+, HTC One V, etc. Now, the company is launching a new phone, estimated to be released in March 2013, with the name HTC One. The HTC One X was launched in May 2012. This often causes confusion as this phone is expected to be a successor to the One X. HTC One is expected to be superior compared to the One X in hardware design and software design. It also includes a unique camera implementation.

In terms of hardware, HTC One sports a 4.7 inch Super LCD3, with Full HD1080p, 468 PPI and Corning Gorilla Glass 2. The HTC one comes with Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean that is upgradable to v4.2.2. The case is an all-aluminum frame with an antenna built into its backing. It includes a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB DDR2. The phone is available with non-expandable, 32 or 64GB internal capacity. It offers a 4 megapixel 2688 x 1520 pixels primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and BSI sensor, along with a 2.1 MP, [email protected], HDR secondary camera. The main feature is the new pixilation system that is opted in the primary camera of the phone, which provides each pixel size of 2.0 µm and sensor size of 1/3'. The One also includes a new camera app known as ‘Zoe’, which records a short video alongside every photo taken and allows the resulting photos and videos to be automatically combined and synchronized with music to produce a multimedia presentation known as a Zoe.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Sony Xperia website, HTC website and GSMArena.com.

 

Sony Xperia ZR

HTC One

Launch Date

June 2013

Expected release March 2013

Company

Sony

HTC Corporation

Size

5.15 x 2.63 x 0.40 inches (131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm)

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm

Display

4.55 inches TFT, 16 millions colors

4.7 inch Super LCD3

Screen

1280 x 720 pixels (~322.77 ppi pixel density)

1080p, 468 PPI (Full HD)

Protection

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

138 grams (4.93 ounces)

143g

2G Network

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

3G Network

UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) Mhz (not available in all markets)

UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) (not available in all markets)

GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

850/900/1800/1900 MHz

4G Network

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 (not available in all markets)

No

GUI

Sony UI

HTC Sense 5

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600, quad-core, 1.7GHz

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 320

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

RAM

2 GB

2 GB DDR2

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 32 GB

No

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor.

Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA), aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, DLNA Certified, Media Go, Media Transfer Protocol support, Micro USB support, Native USB tethering, NFC, Screen mirroring, Xperia Link, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX™ enabled, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, DLNA, micro-USB 2.0.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE

Speed

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSPA+; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0

Compliant with Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

13 megapixel fast-capture camera with Exmor RS

4 megapixel 2688 x 1520 pixels, autofocus, LED flash BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0 µm, Sensor size 1/3', Dedicated HTC ImageChip™ 2 F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens

Secondary Camera

VGA

2.1 MP, [email protected], HDR

Video

Full HD video recording (1080p)

[email protected], HDR, stereo sound rec., video stabilization

Camera Features

16x digital zoom with auto focus, Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, Face detection, HDR for both picture/film, Flash/Photo light

Continuous shooting and VideoPic, Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback, HTC Zoe™ with HTC Zoe™ Highlights and HTC Zoe™ Share

Retouch with Object Removal, Group Retouch, and Sequence Shot.

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

HTC BoomSound, Dual frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, Beats Audio, HDR Microphone and Sense Voice.

Audio supported formats

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis, AMR

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)

Recording: .amr

Video supported formats

3GPP, MP4, MKV, AVI, XVID, MOV

Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)

Recording: .mp4

Battery Capacity

Li-ion 2300 mAh battery

2300 mAh

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink, Mint

Gray, White

Messaging

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email

SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser

HTML5

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

A-GPS support

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Dust-proof and water-resistant (IP55 / IP58)
  • Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Google Play
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Voice Search
  • Google Maps for Mobile with Street View and Latitude
  • "Movies" application
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • Motions gaming
  • Video streaming
  • 3D games
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • Beats Audio
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Dropbox (25 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Google Search
  • Maps
  • Gmail,
  • YouTube
  • Calendar
  • Google Talk
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input.

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com, anandtech.com

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