A few days ago Sony announced the Sony Xperia ZR a phone that claims to be tougher, more waterproof version of the already popular Xperia Z. In fact it’s been said that the Xperia ZR can record HD video under 1.5 meters of water for around 30 minutes.
Some of you might jump at the chance to have a phone that you could be a little frivolous with and drop it in water, but with the IP55/IP58 Ingress Protection rating you sacrifice some of the more premium materials that makes the Xperia Z and ZL look a little more appealing. The Xperia XR’s insides are protected by a 10.4mm-thick plastic body and has a smaller 4.6″ screen (dubbed as a “Reality Display”) which is only 720p unlike the Xperia Z’s 1080p display.
Those of you who are a fan of colour will be able to get the Xperia ZR in a variety of colours such as white, pink, and mint, and the usual black colouring.
The main feature of this phone has to be the huge 13-megapixel camera which has been designed with underwater image and video capture in mind. For those wondering how you’ll get the camera shutter and touch screen to work underwater Sony have thought about that and have added an external camera shutter button.
Those of you who are wondering about power the Sony Xperia ZR has a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, internal memory you’ll be looking at around 8GB with the option to add a MicroSD cart up to 32GB.
Sony have only released an estimated release date of the second quarter of this year and are keeping quiet on a price and where the phone will be released, though we do know the international GSM version will be LTE compatible.