Minipute compares smartphones – HTC One vs Sony Xperia ZR

oneblackxperiazrSony and HTC are just two of the brands working the flagship luxury phone space that’s already rife with competition. So in this line-up, we’re pitting the new Sony Xperia ZR up against the HTC One.

In the engine room, the HTC One gets a 1.7GHz Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 CPU while its rival Sony Xperia ZR features the slightly slower Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 chip under the bonnet, running at a clock speed of 1.5GHz. On the RAM front, both phones come with 2GB of RAM. The Sony unit comes with a good-sized 4.55-inch panel using TFT capacitive touchscreen tech with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Meanwhile, its rival gets a 1080 x 1920-pixel panel sized up to 4.7 inches made from a Super LCD3 display. Graphics performance is important everywhere these days and here, both phones get the Adreno 320 graphics core inside both of these CPUs.

When it comes to internal long-term storage, the HTC One picks up 32/64 GB of flash storage while the Sony Xperia ZR only has 8 GB to play with. But internal storage is never usually enough and here, you can expand your options with the Sony Xperia ZR thanks to microSD, up to 32 GB. By contrast, the HTC One has no expandable storage – what it comes with is all you get. The operating system is obviously important and with these two, you get Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to 4.2.2 on the HTC One while the Sony runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Battery life almost sells a phone single-handed these days and both phones comes with a 2300mAh Li-ion battery built-in.

Network coverage for smartphones and connected tablets is all but universal in terms of frequency bands covered – the HTC One delivers 2G coverage via its 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands and gets 3G on 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz; the Xperia ZR’s 2G coverage is over 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz and can deliver 3G connectivity over the 850 / 900 / 2100MHz range. Both of these devices have wireless connectivity covered with the Sony example opting for 802.11 a/b/g/n standard options and the HTC One connecting to your work or home network via 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n. For more personal networking, both phones include Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP ready to roll.

Dedicated cameras are all but redundant now and these devices don’t help. The HTC unit features a 4 MP (2688 x 1520 pixels) with autofocus-type image sensor on the back and a simpler 2.1 MP option on the front for personal shots. That 4MP count on the HTC might seem a bit low, but with optical image stabilisation (OIS) included, it should take better photos than you’d expect. The Sony Xperia ZR competes with a forward-facing VGA option but takes its best quality photos with the 13.1 MP (4128×3096 pixels) with autofocus image sensor on the back. And if you want to do some video recording, both can handle it up to 1080p@30fps.

And finally in this ‘HTC One vs Sony Xperia ZR’ battle, all of those features are squeezed into a reasonably tight space with the Sony Xperia ZR measuring 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm and weighing in at 138 grams. By contrast, the HTC One tips the scales at 143 grams and measures 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm. The HTC One was announced in February 2013 while the Sony Xperia ZR first appeared in May 2013.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.


ModelHTC OneSony Xperia ZR
ProcessorQualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064
ClockUp to 1.7GHzUp to 1.5GHz
GPU typeAdreno 320Adreno 320
Screen size (inches)4.74.55
Screen resolution1080 x 1920 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Screen typeSuper LCD3 capacitive touchscreenTFT capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to 4.2.2Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage32/64 GB8 GB
External storageNomicroSD, up to 32 GB
Battery type2300mAh Li-ion2300mAh Li-ion
- standby timeUp to 500 hoursUp to 470 hours
- talk timeUp to 27 hoursUp to 11 hours
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/ac/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100850 / 900 / 2100
Rear camera4 MP (2688 x 1520 pixels) with autofocus13.1 MP (4128×3096 pixels) with autofocus
Front camera2.1 MPVGA
Video recordingUp to 1080p@30fpsUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm
Weight143 grams138 grams
Announce DateFebruary 2013May 2013

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