Sony announces new waterproof Xperia ZR

Sony announces new waterproof Xperia ZR
Late last month, word leaked about Sony putting together a waterproof (well, highly water resistant) Xperia ZR which would be able to withstand being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes.

Sony just uploaded a video introduction to the handset, and has also shared many of the specifications for the device. As it happens, the leaked specs we learned about a couple weeks ago were pretty much spot on.

The CPU is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core unit tuned to 1.5GHz, teamed with an Adreno 320 GPU. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on board with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (microSD up to 32GB). The display is 4.55-inches, TFT 1280x720 which works out to 323PPI. Although another part of the Sony website says it is a 4.6-inch display (319PPI), so we will take the spec-sheet as a work in progress. The main camera is a 13MP Exmor RS sensor. It features all the goodies with various settings including a burst mode allowing up to 10 frames per second at 9MP resolution.

The real attraction is the durability. The 4.9-ounce (140 gram) Xperia ZR is compliant with IP55 and IP58 for dust and water resistance. That means it can be used under water to depths of 1.5 meters (just under 5 feet) for up to 30 minutes.

The rumored battery is 2,300mAh, but that is not indicated on the Xperia ZR’s web page, nor is there any performance measurement about talk time or standby time. However, the device is 10.4mm thick (131mm tall, 67.4mm wide), so hopefully that space is filled with a good sized battery. LTE is supported, but it does not say which frequency bands. Outside of LTE, the Xperia ZR will support GSM/UMTS in all flavors, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, and 2100MHz at HSPA+ speeds. NFC is on board and the Xperia ZR will also support HD voice.

If you are hoping for an availability date or pricing, you are out of luck. There are no carrier announcements at this time either. Right now, the Xperia ZR is “coming soon” and will initially be available in black or white, although other colors are obviously in the works.

Check out the introductory video and pictures below. Check out Sony’s page for the Xperia ZR in the source link as well.

source: Sony (YouTube, and Sony Mobile)

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Xperia ZR
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(13h 3G talk time)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Bigger brother of Xperia V? Just look at the rear side of the phone. By the way, well done Sony! Not bad!

31. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Xperia V plus, Xperia Z mini.

33. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

They should've call it Xperia ZV, not ZR.

2. flexile

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

I think that the pricing will define the success of this phone, I mean, Xperia Z or ZL are out there with bigger displays. There's also Xperia SP offering an incredible performance for cheap.

13. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

with cool lights at the buttom, that will attract millions of teens out there

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

hope its cheaper than the Z ,

38. lovefist unregistered

it will probably be cheaper than the Z, cause of the downgrade of screen res. maybe a few more bucks less than the ZL

4. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

^^ Of course it is. Priced between Xperia SP and ZL according to my sources (and some common sense)

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Your source and your common sense is totally wayward! This thing is going to cost more than the SP. It has some advantages against the the IP55 and IP58 and the 13megapixel Sony Exmore camera.

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Oh, sorry man! Made a complete fool of myself there. I thought i read you write it'll cost between the SP and SL...:P My bad! Your common sense and source is totally right! :D

5. lovefist unregistered

ahh good thing they added 2gb ram and removable 2300mah battery. was about the get the xperia sp but this one seems a better buy. btw: that mint color is hot! also the white one *giggity*

6. FlushGordon unregistered

Same crap TFT screen ? Oh why oh why?

8. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Lol!! they take out one layer on screen to produce more very good image check that on GSMarena

26. alchemyduelist

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

link please.

32. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Super AMOLED has quite a few problems. Sony's mobile Bravia Engine 2 should be able to make up with that.

7. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i just hate TFT ..... really annoying viewing angles ..... remaining fone is good

25. Igneel unregistered

IPS is also TFT. Get your facts straight. It's Sony's TFT that doesn't have much viewing angle. But I read somewhere that the screen has improved a bit more on the ZL compare to Z... Can't confirm it though

45. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

There's a new software update that increases the contrast and makes the colors sharper, more realistic and improves the viewing angle. The ZL probably got that already. I have the Z, and waiting for the great update!

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Look at that bezel!!

10. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

so this fits perfectly b/w the Xperia Z & Xperia SP ! Fair enough Xperia Z - XperiaZR - Xperia SP - Xperia SL - Xperia L strong line up indeed !

12. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Sony is doing very great on each line Up Z - Undefeated Design w/ Water/Dust Resistance ZL - SideKick of Z but super compact than other 5inch. SP - Cool illuminating lights L - Focus as a Sharp Shooter Camera Smartphone ZR - High Water Resistance w/ shutter button for underwater shots. This is what i called having a unique features or hardware on each phone, thay may look the same but not on its internal/external.

30. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Yeah, a lot better than samsung, which has one million choices but they are basically the same. Why not let us just choose each piece of hardware ourselves?

34. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Since you posted that, L is the low end, ZL must means lower Z. SP is the combination of SPU. Then what's R in ZR?

37. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Xperia R is quite interesting. It must be a 5in phone with same resistant as zr but focus as a tought phone!! Guessing

14. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Sony is to introduce more new xperia devices on may 15th it's interesting to see new devices

15. oister85

Posts: 511; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

8gb of internal Memory, did I read that wrong.

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What's wrong with that as long as the memory is expandable??

28. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

8 GB of memory is actually a large con for many of the smartphones nowerdays, cause the UI and android software eat up A LOT of space! Many S III mini users have complained that they end up having only 4.4 GB of memory left after the UI and android system. Not only that, android 4.1 and after doesn't allow you to move apps to SD cards. Go for the Xperia Z.

35. oister85

Posts: 511; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

8gb of memory is deal breaker. What is wrong with sony or there is 16-32 around that they didn't mention.

46. skyguy7567

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

If you wish to get 16 GB, wait for the Xperia A. Pretty much the same features but little extras (I'm not going into details) and 16GB memory. I think its price would be between the ZR and ZL

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