We would consider the Sony Xperia ZR (C550X) to be every bit a flagship device when compared next to the Xperia Z (C660X) and Xperia ZL (C650X). Okay, it may have a smaller lower resolution screen compared to the afore mentioned phones (4.6-inch 720p display versus the 5-inch 1080p display of the Xperia Z and ZL), but with a pixel density of 319 PPI, it’s not as if you would realistically be able to notice the pixels.
Of course, the Xperia ZR also only has 8GB of internal storage (16GB for the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL) and a VGA front facing camera (2.2MP Exmor R for the Xperia Z and ZL). But putting these points to one side, there is another area where the Xperia ZR trumps the Z and ZL and that is battery life. Check out some of the results below from GSM Arena. It shows a handset giving some of the best results seen in any Sony Xperia phone.
Obviously the lower resolution helps here, which is why the Xperia SP (another 4.6-inch 720p handset running a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset) scores just as highly in some tests. But given the Xperia ZR is running on flagship quad-core internals, it’s great to see it do so well in endurance tests. It’s a shame that Sony decided to limit the handsets release globally as this is yet another reason why the Xperia ZR would have been so attractive to many.
Xperia ZR Battery Results
Via GSM Arena.