Sony announces a 4.6-inch waterproof Xperia ZR Android smartphone

13 May 2013 by
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Sony today unveiled a smaller version of the Xperia Z smartphone. The Xperia ZR is a waterproof 4.6-inch Android smartphone with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor

Sony Xperia ZR announced

Sony has announced yet another water- and dust-proof Android smartphone. The Xperia ZR has a 4.55-inch Reality display but share many of the features as the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. If we just focus at the hardware specifications, the Xperia ZR looks like a Xperia T with a waterproof housing. They have the same 4.55-inch Reality display with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. But Xperia ZR is a little larger something that must be caused by the extra water and dust sealing. Xperia ZR has the same quick 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor which we also find in Xperia Z.

Sony Xperia ZR has got a slightly better water protection than Xperia Z. The IP-Code is now IP55/58 which means that the phone can be immersed in depth deeper than 1 meter. Sony has tested the phone down to 1.5 meter for 30 minutes.

The external buttons seems familiar. We have got the power key and the volume keys. One thing we missed with the Xperia Z was the lack of a dedicated camera shutter key. It is nice to see that Sony has added one on the Xperia ZR.

You will not find a docking station included in the sales package, but a new Charging Dock DK28 should be yours for an extra 50 Euro. We would recommend anyone choosing the Xperia ZR to buy this dock. The water protection has its price. The protective covers must be removed each time you want to use headsets via the 3.5 audio plug or the USB or MHL cable. This hassle is gone if you are using the Charging Dock

Sony Xperia ZR will, like its bigger brother Xperia Z, run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. 

Sony Xperia ZR in white
Sony Xperia ZR front and back side
Sony Xperia ZR volume and power buttons
Sony Xperia ZR front
Sony Xperia ZR in docking station
Sony Xperia ZR all four colour variants
All colours of the Xperia ZR
Sony Xperia ZR backside

Sony Xperia ZR highlights

  • Size: 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm
  • Weight: 138 gram
  • Networks:
    • C5502: GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
    • C5503: GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS/HSPA 850/900/2100, LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8,20
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. MDM9215M + APQ8064
  • 4.55-inch Reality TFT display. 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n. Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 13.1 megapixel camera with pulse LED flash. Dedicated camera shutter key
  • VGA front camera
  • 1080p Full HD video capture
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage. Expandable with additional 32 GB using a microSD card
  • aGPS and GLONASS
  • DLNA
  • NFC
  • ANT+
  • USB 2.0
  • IPX5 and IPX8 IP-Code (waterproof)
  • IP5X (dust proof)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • Standby time: 470 hours (GSM)
  • Talk time: 11 hours



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