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Sony Xperia ZR
Sony Xperia ZR
Sony Xperia ZR
Sony Xperia ZR

What's good

  • Dust resistant and water resistant up to 1.5 meters
  • Underwater camera and video use
  • Good color and image quality on display

What's bad

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Low light photos still noisy despite flash

Following the success of the Xperia Z, Sony released the Xperia ZR, a smaller yet featured packed version of the flagship phone. At 4.5", the Xperia ZR display is only 0.5" smaller than the Z and offers a slightly reduced resolution of 720p. Despite the lower resolution, most reviewers are pleased with the overall image quality and color of the display in normal straight-on viewing position. Viewing angles, unfortunately, are not its strong point. Phone Arena says, "As soon as you start tilting the phone to one side, things get very washed out."

While the Xperia Z might be water resistant, the ZR is actually IP55 and IP58 compliant, which means that it can be fully submerged in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes so long as users remember to use the protective covers for the exposed areas. In order to take advantage of its water resistant capabilities, Sony added a dedicated camera key on the right hand side for underwater pictures and video. Reviewers had a hard time actually finding the key due to its size but were overall impressed with the quality of underwater shots thanks to the phones 13 megapixel camera. Above the water, the camera provided decent quality images in outdoor conditions, though low light conditions had some noise.

Performance-wise, the ZR scored fairly well in various benchmark tests due to its 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, though well behind devices like the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One. Although the processor does not boast the fastest chipset, there was no noticeable lag when opening or using apps or browsing the web. After a running the phone through several tests GSMArena states, "The smartphone…has more than enough oomph to handle day to day tasks smoothly."

In general, experts agree that the Xperia ZR offers users an excellent overall experience. Android Authority praises the phone saying, "It might not be cutting edge, but it gets close enough that you might not even be able to tell the difference."

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
2300 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Android Authority
Android Authority

If you want a powerful experience without getting too crazy, the Xperia ZR is your bang for buck phone.

- Joshua Vergara, Android Authority

Prices (Where to Buy)

Common Questions

Sony Xperia ZR prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Sony's suggested retail price is $499.99. You can compare Xperia ZR prices from around the web here on The Informr.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia ZR user manual here.

Sony backs up the Xperia ZR with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Xperia ZR has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Sony Xperia ZR's screen size is 4.55 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm APQ8064 + MDM9215M Quad Core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 21.7 days standby time, 780 minutes, 680 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia ZR Specs

Release Date July 5, 2013
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm APQ8064 + MDM9215M Quad Core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.76 W/kg
Body: 1.25 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
16x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Scene mode, Exposure value, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
VGA (640 x 480)+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 323 pixels
Size 4.55 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 510 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 680 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 780 minutes
Standby Time Up to 21.7 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Pink, Mint
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 6.7 x 1.1 cm (5.2 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 138 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM/RDS)
Wi-fi Encryption: WEP/WPA/WPA2
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Stop Watch, Timer, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Sony C5502, C5503
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