Sony Philippines just launched the Xperia ZR which is their first waterproof phone that allows you to shoot photos and videos underwater. Let that sink in for a bit. Don’t they have waterproof phones already?
Well it turns out that their past “œwaterproof” phones are only water-resistant including the Xperia Z. The Xperia ZR is their first smartphone that is IP58 compliant so you can bring it underwater up to 5 feet for 30 minutes. It also has a dedicated camera button so you can freely take photos and HD videos underwater because we all know that touchscreen and liquid don’t really work well.
Waterproofing aside, the Xperia ZR is one fine-looking phone following the design concept of the Xperia Z family. It has a 4.6-inch HD Reality display for a whopping 323 ppi pixel density for a really good picture quality improved even more by the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine.
Powering the Xperia ZR is a last-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip utilizing a 1.5GHz quad-core processor plus an Adreno 320 GPU running on Android Jelly Bean. It also has a generous 2GB RAM plus 8GB internal storage with room for more via microSD.
There’s a 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile BSI light sensor at the back along with a camera software that reminds us of their Cybershot point and shoots. The front camera is stuck at VGA though so no HD Skyping through it. This phone supports LTE and also has NFC by the way so you’re not left out in terms of connectivity. Battery is rated at 2300 mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia ZR is already available this weekend with an SRP of Php25,990 and comes in Black and White (Pink and Mint Green aren’t expected to arrive). Box includes a pair of earphones plus a couple of NFC Smart Tags.
|Sony Xperia ZR Specs:|
|4.55-inch TFT HD Display, 1280 x 720, 323 ppi pixel density|
|Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass|
|Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2|
|IP58 certified – dust and water proof (up to 5 ft for 30 minutes)|
|1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064 S4 (Krait)|
|Adreno 320 GPU|
|2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB|
|13.1 megapixel camera with LED flash, Exmor RS sensor for mobile|
|VGA front camera|
|HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth 4.0, NFC|
|Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Li-ion 2300 mAh battery|
|131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm|