The Xperia ZR is one of Sony’s more interesting handset, which delivers more compact design and better resistance to elements compared to the current Xperia Z. Previously called the “Dogo”, the Xperia ZR comes with 4.6” 720p display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core or Snapdragon 600 processor, 13Mp rear-facing camera with Exmor RS, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, 2300mAh battery and microSD card slot.
Promising an increased degree of ruggedness compared to the current Xperia Z, the ZR is certified to meet standards specified by IP55/IP58, more rigorous than the Xperia Z’s IP55/IP57 standards. This would allow the ZR to stay at 1.5 meters of water for half an hour.
Weighing at around 140 grams and measuring at 10mm thick, the ZR is said to share plenty of design characteristics with the Xperia ZL. In order to provide better support for users of Xperia Z family smartphones, Sony has launched the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) build of Jelly Bean OS. This would allow users to get an entirely stock Android experience from their Xperia Z handsets.