Comparison – Sony Xperia Z vs Sony Xperia ZR
Sony is keeping itself busy with the announcement of the brand – new Xperia ZR, we are lining it up against against its similarly capable albeit smaller sibling. Let’s see the differences between these two very similar devices.
Sony seems to have an obsession with making its phones as tough as possible, this is the case with Xperia Z as well as the new ZR. They are both water and dust resistant, so you can probably be a bit rougher with these phones without any significant damage. Furthermore, both are covered on the front and back by durable tempered glass, where the front is Dragontrail Glass from Asahi Glass Company and the back is Corning Gorilla Glass.
Perhaps it would’t surprise you that the phones aren’t bulky and looks surprisingly sleek despite the rugged enhancements. Sony calls the Xperia Z’s design OmniBalance, meaning that the phone comes with rounded edges and smooth reflective surfaces on all sides. Since the ZR it is derived from the Z, we believe that the ZR would not stray too far from that design concept.
Expect similar performances from the phones, as they both share a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 pro 1.5GHz processor along with 2GB of RAM. Inside there is 16GB of internal memory, while the ZR has the 8GB and a microSD memory card slot to expand it. Both the Xperia Z and ZR sport a battery stamina mode that Sony says increases its standby time up to 4 times.
The ZR is a smaller variant of the Z and comes with a 4.55-inch Reality Display that is improved by Sony Mobile Bravia 2. Its 5-inch sibling also comes with the similar Sony enhancements. However, the ZR boats what Sony calls the OptiContrast panel, which promises less reflection and clearer viewing under direct sunlight.
They also share LTE 4G, NFC (Near Field Connectivity), WiFi and Bluetooth, xLOUD Entertainment, the usual set of sensors, DLNA Certification, GPS receiver supporting a-GPS and GLONASS.
The Jellybean build has the primary aim of improving the functionality and performance of the user interface. The performance improvement involves “Project Butter”, which uses touch anticipation, triple buffering, and extended vsync timing and a fixed frame rate of 60 fps to create a fluid and “buttery-smooth” UI.
Per usual, Sony’s custom skin is top of both devices, so you can expect Sony’s Media applications – Walkman, Album and Videos. The phones’ onboard NFC allows ‘one touch’ to mirror what is on both smartphones to compatible TVs or play music on a wireless speaker.
The Xperia siblings carry similar 13-megapixel camera augmented with Exmor R technology, capable of recording videos in full HD resolution, with auto-focus, flash, HDR (High Dynamic Range). Sony’s Exmor R imagers were often lauded so you probably can’t go wrong here.
On the front, the Xperia Z has a 2.2-megapixel camera while the Xperia ZR comes with an unspecified one.
Aside from a few minor enhancements on ZR, for all intents and purposes both phones are quite similar. So choosing between them boils down to the phone’s screen size – are you willing to lug around a 5-inch device or settle for its smaller alternative?
Perhaps the only other real separation between them is the price point, we expect the ZR to be a tad more affordable compared to the Z when it does arrive onto the market. That aside, we don’t expect too much difference in terms in performance or look and feel between the two devices.
The table below highlights the different specs between the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZR .