Sony is readying its follow-up flagship Xperia smarphone — the Sony Xperia ZR — that isn’t just water resistant, but fully waterproof. With that in mind, you can use its 13-megapixel shooter to take HD photos and videos underwater for up to 5 feet deep for 30 minutes. It’s worth nothing that very few phones can accomplish such feat.
So that you don’t have to hold your breath for too long underwater while tinkering with camera options, the dedicate camera key lets you quick capture photos even though the phone is locked. The camera itself is an Exmor RS image sensor with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for still images and videos. It’s designed to automatically use the best configuration while taking shots or capturing videos. The Sony Xperia ZR is recommended for use in fresh waters only, since saltwater may cause the phone to corrode.
Sony Xperia ZR Specs
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
- 4.6-inch HD (1280×720) TFT Display, ~323 ppi pixel density
- Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
- 13-megapixel main camera Exmor RS image sensor
- VGA front facing camera
- WiFi, WiFi hotspot
- Bluetooth v4.0
- GPS, A-GPS
- IP58 certified
- Dimensions: 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm
- Weight: 138 g
The fact that we’re focusing on the camera and waterproof features clearly shows that these are the device’s greatest strengths. But, there’s more to be had. The Xperia ZR is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and boasts a 4.6-inch 720p HD capable display. A Snapdragon quadcore processor and an Adreno 320 GPU run under the hood, along with 2GB memory and 8GB internal storage, which is expandable via a micro-SD card slot. It also comes with a 2300mAh battery, LTE support, and in four colors (Black, Pink, Teal, and White). Although no information regarding availability and pricing has been released so far, a worldwide launch is slated during this quarter.
Admittedly, the new Sony Xperia ZR “takes the smartphone to a new level—below the surface,” as shown in the official video embedded videos above. Will you take the ZR over the Xperia Z?