PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia ZR vs Xperia SP


Processing power and speed

Geekbench and BrowserMark


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


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PhoneRocket Score

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Sony Xperia SP 

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia ZR vs SP

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia ZR
Xperia SP

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia ZR
Xperia SP

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia ZR
13.1 fps
Xperia SP
13.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia ZR
32.6 fps
Xperia SP
32.4 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia ZR

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Faster web browser 2,818 vs 2,263 Around 25% better BrowserMark score
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
Lighter 138 g vs 155 g More than 10% lighter
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Front view of Sony Xperia SP

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Better overall performance 2,105 vs 1,626 Around 30% better geekbench score
Longer standby time (3G) 42,336 min vs 31,248 min More than 35% longer standby time (3G)
Longer standby time 41,760 min vs 31,248 min Around 35% 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 ZR  vs SP 

1080p video captured using the main camera is of average quality at best, but at least it runs smoothly at 30 frames per second.
Xperia SP

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia ZR  vs
Size 4.5" 4.6"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 326 ppi 319 ppi


Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 8 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

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


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


Talk time (3G) 780 min 793.8 min
Standby time 31,248 min 41,760 min
Standby time (3G) 31,248 min 42,336 min
Capacity 2,300 mA·h 2,370 mA·h

form factor

Xperia ZR  vs
Weight 138 g 155 g
Thickness 10.5 mm 10 mm
Size 67.3 x 131.3 x 10.5 mm 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes Yes


Operating system Android 4.2 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


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