Sony Xperia ZR Philippines Price Guesstimate, Waterproof IP55 IP58 Certified for Underwater Video Recording, Complete Technical Specifications

As if it's 2013 Android smartphone line-up isn't already jam-packed, Sony has just announced that it will soon launch yet another powerhouse high-end device that you can literally dive into the pool with.

Meet Sony Xperia ZR.

In terms of technical specifications, Sony Xperia ZR can be considered as the more modest and less powerful version of the flagship release Sony Xperia Z. For one, the former has a smaller 4.55 inch 720p display compared to the 5-inch Full HD screen of the latter. ZR also has a lower resolution VGA front-facing camera and a smaller 8GB internal storage versus 16GB on Z.

But what Sony Xperia ZR lacks in those departments, it makes up for with its IP55 and IP58 certification, which means that it is totally proofed against water ingress at up to 1.5 meters for a duration of 30 minutes, making it an ideal device for taking underwater videos. In contrast, Sony Xperia Z merely comes with IPX5/7 compliance, which means that it is only resistant to water; Yes, Z can take a splash of water but if you decide to immerse or submerge it in liquid for an extended period, there's no guarantee that won't be damaged.

I'm hoping that Sony Xperia ZR will come with a far lower price tag than its flagship sibling. But considering that it comes with the same stellar innards - headlined by the Quad Core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU and 2 GB of RAM, the same 13 MegaPixel main camera and 1080p 30fps video recorder, and similar connectivity options, I have a hunch that its SRP won't be too pocket-friendly.

As of writing, the legendary Japanese multimedia company hasn't disclosed the official suggested retail price nor the exact release date of Sony Xperia ZR. Nonetheless, they have given assurance that the handset will definitely be formally released in the Philippines within this year. The TP Guesstimate for this smartphone's SRP is around Php 28,000 to Php 30,000 and for its release date, we're seeing a Q3 launch.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Sony Xperia ZR
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High End
Dimensions131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm
Weight 138 grams
Available Colors Black, Pink, Mint, White
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display 4.55 inches (~323 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 chipset
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot, which supports up to 32 GB
Camera 13.1 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, secondary VGA front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, VGA front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV, MP3, eAAC+, WMA, WAV, Flac player
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Variant: Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE (depending on model) 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Removable Li-ion 2300 mAh battery
Uptime Stand-by time of up to 470 hours on 3G and up to 520 hours on 3G, Talk time of up to 11 hours on 2G and up to 13 hours on 3G, Music play of up to 45 hours
Value-Added Features IP58 certified to be dust and water proof, Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes, Underwater video recording support
Announcement May 2013
Availability TP Guesstimate: Philippines - End of June or Q3 2013
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 28,000 to 30,000