Latest rumors indicate that Sony is working on a new smartphone, the Sony Xperia ZR. This new smartphone, the Sony Xperia ZR is expected to be a trimmed down version of the Sony Xperia Z, the flagship device of the company.

Just like Samsung who has unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S4 and is soon expected to unveil the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, rumors say that we will also get to see a so called mini version of the Sony Xperia Z. This new smartphone is being called as Sony Xperia ZR and expected to have a hardware configuration very similar to the Sony Xperia Z.

If the information provided is true, then consumers who loved the Sony Xperia Z but could not buy one because of the pricing can soon be able to buy a device that will fit into their budgets and will give them an experience almost similar to the Xperia Z.

Coming to the technical part, Xperia ZR is said to have the codename Dogo and the model number is said to be C550X. The device will have a 4.6-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It will be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro chipset and 2GB of RAM. It will also have a 13MP Exmor RS camera sensor, 8GB of internal storage space and a microSD card support for memory expansion.

The best part is that this device is expected to have a 2300 mAh battery which is definitely an advantage. Sony Xperia ZR will also be dust proof and water resistant just like the Xperia Z. Interestingly the Xperia ZR has an IP55/IP58 rating which is higher than the IP55/IP57 rating of the Xperia Z. This means that the Xperia ZR can be exposed to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.

So there you have it, the Sony Xperia ZR – most probably the smartphone that you will be planning to buy when it comes out. Do you find it impressive, let us know.