Sony Xperia™ ZR: a quad-core, waterproof* smartphone [video]

Today, we’ve announced the new Xperia™ ZR, which closely follows on the heels of its bigger sibling, Xperia™ Z, with its waterproof* and dust-resistant capabilities. Xperia™ ZR comes equipped with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 4.6” HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), LTE, NFC, GLONASS, Battery STAMINA mode, and a 13 megapixel fast capture camera with HDR video and “Exmor RS™ for mobile”. Xperia™ ZR will launch in various global markets from Q2 2013 (availability will vary by market). Full specs are available after the jump.

Xperia™ ZR – quad core, 4.6” HD Reality Display with 13MP HDR camera, highest waterproof rating, and OptiContrast™ panel
The Xperia™ ZR comes with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro platform, with a Krait APQ8064 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad-core processor, with an MDM9215 modem. The Snapdragon S4 class of processors is the first mobile processor to be manufactured using the latest 28nm process technology that provides advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption, and size reduction. The platform also incorporates the Adreno 320 GPU, for outstanding performance (up to 4x better than its predecessor) and graphics, better battery life, and improved multi-tasking. Xperia™ ZR has 2GB RAM.

YouTube video showing Xperia™ ZR.

The Xperia™ ZR boasts a 4.6” full HD, 1280x720px, Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2. With the Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2, Xperia ZR delivers an even better viewing experience than before by adding a new real-time contrast optimisation and improved sharpness enhancement on top of high quality colour management and noise reduction. Get more info on this technology in our

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You’ll also find a 13MP fast capture camera with “Exmor RS™ for mobile” image sensor. Exmor RS™ for mobile enables HDR (High dynamic range), an imaging technology used in Sony Cyber-shot™ digital cameras, so you’re able to capture photos and videos with great clarity, whether in strong backlight or in low light conditions. Stay tuned to Developer World for an upcoming technology article about this Sony image sensor.

Xperia™ ZR also incorporates Superior Auto technology used in Sony Cyber-shot™ digital cameras. Superior Auto mode combines Scene Recognition with high quality performance image processing technology (HDR and noise reduction) to automatically shoot with the most optimal settings. A Burst mode also helps capture action fast, allowing you to shoot an unlimited number of images at 15 frames per second.

Xperia™ ZR is waterproof in compliance with IP55 and IP58.

Xperia™ ZR is waterproof in compliance with IP55 and IP58.

With the highest level of water-resistance rating along with full HD photo and video capabilities, you can easily use Xperia™ ZR to shoot pictures and capture video under water. As well as being dust and scratch resistant, this waterproof* phone has an IP55 and IP58 rating, so you can keep it submerged in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. With a dedicated camera key, you’ll be able to film in Full HD or take pictures underwater. The camera key also allows you to shoot even from a locked screen.

Xperia™ ZR is also designed with an OptiContrast™ panel, which reduces reflection and provides clearer viewing, even in direct sunlight. This also creates a seamless, black surface when the phone is turned off. And by eliminating the sensor layer and integrating the sensor on the lens, responsiveness of the screen is increased, so that your touch is more effective and more intuitive. Read more about this touch screen technology in our sensor on lens article.

Develop for Xperia™ ZR
A wide range of Sony developer tools, tips, and tutorials are available for Xperia™ ZR. With the Sony Add-on SDK, you can also create app extensions for the in-built Small App functionality by using the Small App API. Plus, the Sony Add-on SDK also includes the option to develop apps for Sony SmartWatch and Sony SmartWireless Headset pro.

A new smart stereo Bluetooth™ headset
Complementing the Xperia™ ZR is the new Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH50. Announced today, the Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH50 is an advanced, app-enabled wireless headset with built-in FM radio, OLED display and one-touch connection for wireless audio streaming. Simply touch the Xperia™ ZR once to the headset to instantly pair the devices and make a call or start listening to music.

The new Stereo Bluetooth™ Headset SBH50 in black colour.

The new Stereo Bluetooth™ Headset SBH50 in black colour.

Availability and colours
Xperia™ ZR will launch in various global markets from Q2 2013 (availability will vary by market). The available colours are black, white, pink, and green.  The Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH50 will be available globally in June 2013. The SBH50 is available in either black or white colour.

The hard facts – Xperia™ ZR technical specifications:

  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor with an MDM9215 modem.
  • Adreno 320 GPU.
  • 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm.
  • UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) MHz; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20).
  • 2 GB RAM.
  • Memory card slot: microSD™, (supporting up to 32 GB).
  • IPX5/8 (Water-proof)* & IP5X (Dust-proof).
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  • 3D Surround Sound.
  • ClearAudio+.
  • xLOUD Experience.
  • Battery STAMINA mode.
  • “WALKMAN” application.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Ambient light sensor.
  • Gyroscope.
  • Magnetometer.
  • Proximity sensor.
  • DLNA Certified®.
  • PlayStation® Certified.
  • Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

* In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Xperia™ ZR is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58. The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP58 classification range that may lead to your warranty will being void. Find out more at

** This feature or service may not be available in every market.

*** Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availability by region.

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  1. By Saleem Crzy


    my camera clarity reduced i think it might be of stem can anyone help plzzz..

  2. By Vivek Vishwakarma


    hey from where i start exmor sensor in my sony xperia zr there is no any option show in my camera

  3. By Jorgen De souza


    i have noticed that sony has started allowing apps to sd card storage.. i was wondering if the same is possible for the zr kitkat 4.4.4??

  4. By cear luke


    hi, i have an xperia zr just bought last 3 weeks, i’ve notice that when recording a video in silent area, the video sounds like it is ticking, i have test it over an over again and the sounds is still the same, i’ve notice that it is recorded using mic 2 , because i’ve tested it already.. does it have a problem with the hardware , i mean the second mic? it really sounds uneasy.

  5. By Inbar Shtibel


    Sony Devices have this type of Version platform : Sony.C5303 – 12.1.A.1.192 , Sony.LT30a- 9.2.A.1.205 etc
    can someone explain to me what each number and letters represent?

  6. By ahmed samir


    Hi, this phone’s a very good but make this little things and it’ll be awesome : 1- screen lock animation like xperia c.
    2- touch lock app. (small app.) like in the old software version.
    3- opening the camera settings take a little while ! fix it.
    4- add the walkman widget in the lock screen.
    5- last one and the most important one!!! (the default memory and moving app.) Make the sd card ( external memory card) the default memroy to save photo of whats app messenger and downloading song and all this stuff from browser (just make this like an option) ( not only make it the default memory for the picture and video capture by the camera !!!!!! ) and moving app. To the sd card. !!!!!! ( i think that easy for you to do ) just do it plzz and dont forget the last one is the important one !!!
    Sorry for my bad english 🙂

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Ahmed,
      Thanks for your feedback on Xperia ZR. We will forward these suggestions to our internal team.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

      • By ahmed samir


        Thanks for reply and plz research these suggestions seriously..

  7. By Mark Costa


    Hi, I have noticed a recurring problem with my Xperia ZR: The sound quality of my recorded videos is terrible! I faced this issues since I updated from JellyBean 4.1.2 to the 4.2.2 version (10.3.1.a.2.67) and then again with the 4.3 update (10.4.b.0.569) and then with the latest 10.4.1.b.0.101. I know the ZR uses the 2nd mic to record audio in the videos but since that mic is behind the waterproof back cover, the quality is not good (the 2nd mic might be useful underwater, but it’s almost useless when recording in the surface). Please, add an option to choose between the primary mic or the 2nd mic when recording a video and please try to reduce the compression when taking pictures, I’m pretty sure that would greatly improve our satisfaction as consumers. Thanks in advance!

    • By mukesh Gupta


      I Have same problem..It’s my request developer team to fix it asap.

      Mukesh G

    • By Alireza Manabi


      Hi, same problem for me with the mic, when i filming ib in a crowded area the sound of video became really bad and with much noises,plz fix this sony bcoz xperia zr is great but just have this problem of mic.

    • By waqar hussain


      hi, I have the same issue with my xperia zr that the sound recorded is clear for two seconds then it just gets distorted like I am filming under water or some one is poring water over the microphone and one thing else I noticed is that the sound recorded is louder in right earpiece of headphone or speaker ii you connect it to external speakers. i had complained sony about the issue they told me to do a software repair through pc companion BUT after again flashing the 4.3 firmware on my xperia zr the problem still exists now they replied me to bring the mobile to the nearest sony service center for evaluation because I think its a hardware issue not a software. if it was a software issue then everyone would be complaining about it

    • By Simon Suup


      Hey i have the same issue with my ZR! The sounds good for the first 2 seconds but then it sounds like crap, like the phone is underwater. This problem is even more apparent when recording videos in an enviroment with more sounds, like cars driving by and such.. I really hope Sony will be able to fix this issue because it seems like a software issue.

  8. By Bahman Soltan


    Problem Sony Xperia ZR = Upgrade 4.2 To 4.3 Andorid = Error Power Button For Active STAMINA Mode (Stamina Mode = Active = Problem To Power Button For Lock Screen) = Veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bad Problem……………………………..

  9. By naveen av


    sir i have xperia zr c5502.4.3.(10.4.b.0.569) i cannot update album(Sony Album 5.4.A.0.12) via update center its not showing.i already reset but only walkman update showing album update coming??
    does xperia zr support 4.4 kit kat.i checked for new versio the kitkat is under invistigation??(xperia z and zl).next version kitkat..the xperia z,xperia zl,xperia zr both same version then why not xperia zr support it??
    please reply me
    thank you

  10. By Cesar Victorino


    Ok my phone was dropped once under one foot and I guess my screen got screwed because it keeps on clicking on random stuff. Where do I send it to get it fixed?

  11. By Aleksejs Bozinskis


    I have a question: what is required for ANT+ to work on phones? Do we need specific hardware for ANT+? Do we need specific software? Can we theoretically set going ANT+ functionality on Xperia ZR (and others without ANT+ certification)?

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Aleksejs,
      If the device does not have native support for ANT+, you can enable ANT+ with an accessory/adapter through your device’s USB port. Other services and components may be required. Please refer to the table listed on the ANT+ FAQ page:
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

      • By Aleksejs Bozinskis


        Joe, thank you for your answer. But it is not what I want to know. I want to understand what does it mean exactly “native support”? Is it specific built-in hardware? Or specific OS components? What exactly Xperia ZR (Z series) doesn’t have to support ANT+?

        • By Joe Padre


          Hi Aleksejs,
          Discussed this with our in-house ANT+ experts. ANT+ support in a device is reliant upon hardware. The Xperia ZR does not have the specific ANT+ hardware built into it.
          Hope that helps.
          Best regards,
          Joe from Developer World

  12. By aneesh raghavan


    This mobile is awesome but sorry to say mobile gets heated soon as i bought this mobile on 11 nov heating problem was their so got replaced with new one but still the heating problem persist .I dont know why this mobile gets more heated i am planning to give back to sony service center again as i dont have other options.

  13. By Anonymous


    How do I enable the Exmor RS? There is no option. Is it always active by default?

    • By Anna Aleryd



      Exmor RS is the image sensor, and since it’s a hardware component, it means that it’s always activated.

      Best regards,
      Anna from Developer World

      • By chandru chand


        HI Anna suddenly my mobile shows as if camera not avilable i cant use the camera, i gave service center but not proper response, i reset the phone also but no changes do i want do anything else

        • By Anna Aleryd



          I’m sorry to hear that you have troubles with your device. However, in a case like this you need to go through Xperia Care for help. You can also try posting your question on Sony Mobile’s support forum over att

          Good luck!

  14. By Aleksejs Božinskis


    More camera pixels means smaller pixels; smaller pixels means worse low light performance of the camera;
    Create, plz, Xperia with 2 camera options: one phone modification with camera with plenty of pixels, second with less pixels (lets say no more than 5Mpix), bet on same size sensor – larger pixels means better low light performance.
    And don’t forget put in ANT+ support.

  15. By Aleksejs Božinskis


    It’s a shame that SONY dropped ANT+ feature from new XPERIAs…
    Xperia ZR was in my wish list… until I realized that there is no ANT+.