Difference between Sony Xperia ZR and Sony Xperia SP

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. The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams.

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.

Sony announced the launch of its most anticipated smart phone the Xperia Z in January. In March, it also announced its revamped cell phone line up. In addition to the high and mighty Z, the company has also announced the launch of the mid-range cell phone Xperia SP. The SP model combines features from the Sony’s 2012 models S and P as well retains some features from flagship.

The Xperia SP is a 4.6-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen phone that has been encased in an all-aluminum body. It is less then 10mm thick and weights approximately 155 grams. The screen offers HD reality display and is supported by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The SP works on 2G, 3G and LTE network (depending on market availability and sports a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core processor. The phone is available with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with no word on if it is upgradeable to the 4.2 version. The phone has 8 GB worth of internal space, of which only 5.8 GB is available to the users; however, fret not Sony also offers a SD card slot that is expandable up to 32 GB.

For all the camera shutterbugs, the SP houses the 8MP Exmor RS camera that gives brilliant and sharp images in low-lighting, back-lighting and snaps shots with low noise. The camera also has features such as Superior Auto that uses Scene Recognition to automatically adjust the photo setting. Additionally, it also offers 16x digital zoom, autofocus and pulsed LED flash. One of the old features that have been revamped is the notification light from the Xperia P. The notification light has been added as a see through strip on the bottom of the handset. The notification light is customizable and the user can add different lights to different callers. The lights also changes pulse rate during songs. The notification light is visible on the both sides of the phone, making it easier to determine the caller through the light when the phone is placed faced down. The phone also offers aluminum power button the right panel and has also brought back the physical camera button. However, the phone isn’t able to record HDR video. Sony has not yet announced the prices and the launch dates for the phone.

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

 

Sony Xperia ZR

Sony Xperia SP

Launch Date

June 2013

Q2 of 2013

Company

Sony

Sony Mobile

Size

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

130.6 x 67.1 x 9.98mm

Display

4.55 inches TFT, 16 million colors

4.6 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

Screen

1280 x 720 pixels (~322.77 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Shatter-proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass

Shatter proof sheet on Corning Gorilla glass

Weight

138 grams (4.93 ounces)

155g

2G Network

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

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)

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

4G Network

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

LTE availability depends on the market.

GUI

Sony UI

Sony unified UI

CPU speed

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960Pro Dual Core

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 320

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064

Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon

RAM

2 GB

1GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8 GB

8 GB (5.8 GB user available)

Expandable Memory

microSD card, up to 32 GB

Expandable up to 32 GB

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Accelerometer, proximity, compass

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

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, USB tethering, USB charging and USB High speed

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC

Speed

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

HSPA+ 850, 900, 2100, LTE

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

13 megapixel fast-capture camera with Exmor RS

8 MP Sony Exmor RS camera with auto focus

16x digital zoom, pulsed LED flash

Secondary Camera

VGA

VGA

Video

Full HD video recording (1080p)

[email protected] HD video recording, 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

Scene recognition, Face detection and Smile detection, HDR for picture, Sweep Panorama, Flash - pulsed LED and photo light, Image stabilization, Geo-tagging, Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

xLoud Experience, 3D surround sound, Clear bass, Clear stereo and Clear Phase

Audio supported formats

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

MP3, AVI, 3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG-TS, SMF, WAV, Ogg vorbis, FLAC

Video supported formats

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

3GPP, MP4, MKV, MPEG2-TS, MPEG-4, WEBM

Battery Capacity

Li-ion 2300 mAh battery

Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

Available Colors

Black, White, Pink, Mint

Black, White and Red

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML

Radio

FM Radio with RDS

FM Radio with RDS

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via 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
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Glove mode
  • Light effects
  • Transparent / Aluminum frame
  • PlayStation Certified
  • Sony Entertainment Network (selected markets only)
  • TV launcher
  • Motions gaming
  • 3D games
  • “WALKMAN” application
  • TrackID music recognition
  • Pre-loaded applications
  • Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Facebook, Google Sync and SyncML
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration

Image Courtesy: sonymobile.com

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