Sony Xperia ZR: the Waterproof Android HD Camera Phone

by Dale Wright

Sony has just announced a new waterproof smartphone that can shoot HD video underwater.

The Xperia ZR is a sibling to the popular Xperia Z phone with improved dust and water resistance. It’s slightly smaller, but its specs are quite similar to the original.

Unlike some other handsets that are only certified waterproof for a short time, the Xperia ZR is designed to be completely submerged for up to half an hour, up to a depth of a metre and a half. It’s the ideal Android phone to take on holiday, safe in the knowledge it won’t get ruined if it’s taken for a dunk in the pool. The smartphone has a dedicated camera button and an LED flash.

Spec-wise, the Xperia ZR and Xperia Z are similar. The ZR has the same rear facing 13 megapixel camera as the Z. The ZR’s screen sports a very impressive pixel density of 322, making it 720p HD ready, but its display is slightly more compact than the Z at 4.6 inches. It ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a quad-core Snapdragon 1.5 GHz processor, NFC support, 2 GB RAM, a 2,300 mAh battery and 8 GB internal storage.

The phone’s case is made from plastic, so it differs from the Z model here (its casing is made from glass). Storage is expandable using micro SD, and it supports 2G, 3G and (on some networks) 4G. Sony has also included a feature to help users control the battery draw when their power is close to running out.

If you fancy getting hold of the Xperia ZR for your summer holiday, you can choose from four colours – black, white, pink and a pale bluey-green – and it’ll be in stores over the summer. Sony has released a brand new YouTube video showing the Xperia ZR phone in action.