Sony Xperia ZR 

Released April, 2013
  • Android 4.2
  • 4G
  • 4.5"
  • Quad core 1.5 GHz
In terms of weight, though, the Xperia ZR isn't the lightest handset with its 140 g, (the 5” GS4, for example, weighs 130 g).
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7.1 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony Xperia ZR

Performance

Processing power and speed

Xperia ZR
8.5
Xperia Z
8.4
Xperia ZL
8.1
Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Xperia ZR
7.9
Xperia Z
8.3
Xperia ZL
8.0
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Xperia ZR
5.2
Xperia Z
5.2
Xperia ZL
5.1
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G), Standby time and 1 more

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Xperia ZR
6.8
Xperia Z
8.4
Xperia ZL
8.2
Reviews from gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com, phonearena.com and fudzilla.com

7.1

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Xperia ZR
7.1
Xperia Z
7.4
Xperia ZL
7.2

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony Xperia ZR

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia ZR
1,626
Xperia SP
2,105

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Xperia ZR
2,818
Nexus 4
1,794

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia ZR
13.1 fps
IdeaPhone K900
8.9 fps
Galaxy S4
17.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia ZR
32.6 fps
Galaxy S4 Active
41.4 fps
Galaxy S4
41.3 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony Xperia ZR


6.5
Not that the Xperia ZR is small or anything, but it's definitely easier to handle compared to those 5” beasts.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The thicker profile, uninspiring materials, average battery life, mediocre camera and so-so outdoor visibility of the display represent a big part of the compromises that were made with the Xperia ZR.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
The landscape layout is also great as it takes advantage of the full screen width and even features an addition line of frequently used symbols (yep, the dot is there).
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
Besides, although the resolution itself is the more than sufficient 4128x3096 pixels (granted you're shooting at 13MP and in 4:3 aspect ratio), once you zoom in to take a good look at the fine details, it's easy to notice some chubby pixelized clusters giving the photo a somewhat digitized appearance.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

Video

The picture and video galleries have also been customized by Sony, and we have to admit that the result is very good.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
It's by no means an award-winning 1080p video, but it can still do the job when you aren't bringing your point-and-shoot with you.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
It supports all the popular formats, and even if you manage to find a video that is not playable with the stock player, you should be able to fix this by downloading a capable third-party player from the Play Store.
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Camera

The latest example is the Sony Xperia ZR, which can safely be considered a somewhat toned-down Xperia Z. Still, with a 4.5” 720p screen, a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera and the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset in tow, the Xperia ZR is certainly not your average mid-range model.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
Overall, we're pleased with the image quality of the screen, as its colors appear well-saturated and lively.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
On the plus side, colors tend to keep a mostly realistic balance, while good macro images are a piece of cake to make with the Xperia ZR.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

Resolution

As with photos, the worst part about the 1080p video that you can record with the Sony Xperia ZR is its underexposure.
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In comparison, the HTC One mini packs a slightly smaller display at 4.3 inches, but having the same 720p resolution, its pixel density comes in at 341 ppi.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

Operating system

We aren't really optimistic when it comes to Sony's ability to bring timely software updates to its devices, but still, we hope that it won't take too long for Sony to release an update for the ZR.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Size 4.5"
Resolution 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 326 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 8 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD

photo & video

Camera 13.1 MP
Resolution 13.1 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  3. HSPA (unspecified)
  4. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  5. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat 3 (100/)
  8. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  9. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  10. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 780 min
Talk time (3G) 780 min
Standby time 31,248 min
Standby time (3G) 31,248 min
Capacity 2,300 mA·h

form factor

Weight 138 g
Thickness 10.5 mm
Size 67.3 x 131.3 x 10.5 mm

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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