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Sony’s New Waterproof Smartphone

Japanese phone maker Sony has started its week off with a bang by announcing the waterproof Xperia ZR smartphone.

The Sony Xperia ZR is a souped-up version of the firm’s flagship Sony Xperia Zsmartphone, boasting both IP55 and IP58 certification. This means that the phone can handle being submerged in water up to 1.5 metres deep for up to 30 minutes and is able to shoot HD video while underwater.

The handset features the same 13MP camera as its Xperia Z sibling, complete with Sony’s Exmor RS sensor and high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. Sony has downsized the screen to 4.6in, although it still features 720×1290 resolution and Sony’s Mobile Bravia technology.

Other specifications include Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system skinned with Sony’s custom user interface, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 8GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB. Connectivity will include 4G LTE, NFC and DLNA compatibility, and the phone will be available in black, silver, pink and blue.

“The Xperia ZR pushes the boundaries on where and how consumers can use the full potential of their smartphone. By combining Sony’s leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment.” said Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

“Bringing together the best of Sony’s leading technology, media applications and easy one-touch connectivity with the largest ever range of NFC-enabled accessories, the Xperia ZR delivers the unique smartphone experience that people can expect from Sony.”

Sony has yet to announce pricing and availability for the Xperia ZR, but said it will be available globally in the second quarter.


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