Xperia ZR

Basically a shrunken down, mid-level Xperia Z

Update: A Sony Mobile spokesperson tells Android Central that the company has "nothing to announce" at this stage with regards to UK availability for the Xperia ZR.

Original story: Sony has expanded its Xperia Z family today with the new, 4.55-inch Xperia ZR. Packing many of the same internal components -- and Xperia Z-like waterproof capabilities, (rated IP55 and IP58) the ZR will represent Sony in the mid to high-end space. In fact, Sony's touting its higher IP rating (the Xperia Z is rated IP55 and IP57) as making the ZR ideal for underwater HD video recording, if that's your thing.

Under the hood it's running a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU -- the same Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro that's powering Xperias Z and ZL -- with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. On the front there's a 4.55-inch 720p display (in places described as a 4.6-inch panel, so go figure), and around the back is a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera with LED flash. All in all, a respectable set of components, and the ZR's curved back should make it a good deal more comfortable to hold than its brick-like sibling.

Sony's press release says the Xperia ZR includes LTE support, but the official spec sheet only mentions HSPA+, so it's possible this may depend on which market you're in. As far as HSPA+ connectivity is concerned, it seems there'll be one version supporting 900 and 2100MHz (for Europe) and another with 850, 1700, 1900 and 2100MHz support, likely for North America.

The Xperia ZR will land in "various global markets" during Q2, so make of that what you will.

Source: Sony MobilePress Release (PDF)

 

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Sony's Xperia ZR is a new, smaller waterproof handset

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Huh... yeah, just noticed that. Strange, as the official spec sheet on Sony's site doesn't mention it at all, only lists HSPA.

Definitely considering this phone. A nice high end option with waterproof underwater video and picture taking abilities, this is definitely going on my list of phones to consider for college.

This doesn't look half bad at all. I'm due for an upgrade in a few months and I've decided I am not going to buy a phone over 4.7" long (I have little fingers and like to hold my phone in ONE hand). Something like this might just be perfect. I don't care that it's not high-end, I want something that's actually mobile. I love my S2, but Samsung has made their phones so large that I can't hold them (or type on them) comfortably anymore. It's at the point where Samsung's phones will be the size mobile phones were in the 80's!

I'm with you on the one-handed use. I don't really get the point of the latest flagships. I don't see any difference between 1080p and 720p on a smartphone and HTC and Samsung continue to ignore software buttons. I'm also looking at the Xperia SP which is only $489 on Sony's site. If that has LTE in the US, I'm picking one up.

For a midranger phone it does have all the specs you really want in a high ranger phone. The 1.5 GHz should be good enough for the screen size and resolution, and frankly the the resolution should be good enough for the screen size. The best part is the quad core CPU. I think this keeps the phone from crashing that often. I would go for thinner bezel over waterproof, but waterproof is nice.

How good is Sony at pushing updates to their Android phones? I haven't really heard good or bad.

I really like everything about this phone, except 8GB of storage. I still don't understand why anyone would make a phone with less than 16GB now days.

Off the top of my head, how large is a 13mp image saved to your phone? Then they say use this as an underwater video camera, stored HD video is rather large.

Sony has made a nice round of phones for 2013 I just hate when they screw up such an easy thing as storage space. The Snapdragon S4 Pro is plenty powerful, I don't see it as a problem.