PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia Z vs Xperia SP

Performance

Processing power and speed

Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and 2 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Sony Xperia Z 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia Z  based on its graphics and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia Z vs SP

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia Z
1,590
Xperia SP
2,105

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia Z
1,336 ms
Xperia SP
1,098 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia Z
2,664
Xperia SP
2,263

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
15 fps
Xperia SP
13.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia Z
38.2 fps
Xperia SP
32.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia Z

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia Z

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Faster web browser 2,664 vs 2,263 Around 20% better BrowserMark score
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Sharper screen 440 ppi vs 319 ppi Around 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Higher resolution front camera 13.1 MP vs 8 MP Around 65% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.6" Around 10% bigger screen
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 10 mm More than 20% thinner
Lighter 146 g vs 155 g More than 5% lighter
Front view of Sony Xperia SP

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Sony Xperia SP

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Better overall performance 2,105 vs 1,590 More than 30% better geekbench score
Longer standby time (3G) 42,336 min vs 31,824 min Around 35% longer standby time (3G)
Longer standby time 41,760 min vs 32,976 min More than 25% longer standby time
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia Z  vs SP 

8.5
8.0
That sounds pretty good, but keep in mind that if you regularly use your phone for more “advanced” stuff like camera, GPS, video playback or gaming, the battery life will quickly drop to one full day.
Xperia Z

9.0
8.0
Sony itself claims you'll get up to 11 hours of talk time and 550 hours of standby time.
Xperia Z

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Xperia Z  vs
SP 
Size 5" 4.6"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 319 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 1 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
microSD
SDHC
SD

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP 8 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2.2 MP 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 840 min 793.8 min
Standby time 32,976 min 41,760 min
Standby time (3G) 31,824 min 42,336 min
Capacity 2,330 mA·h 2,370 mA·h

form factor

Xperia Z  vs
SP 
Weight 146 g 155 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 10 mm
Size 71 x 139 x 7.9 mm 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes Yes

software

Operating system Android 5.1 Android 4.3
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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