Sony’s New XPERIA ZR Smartphone Will Go Skinny Dipping With You

Sony XPERIA ZR submerged

Sony just announced a new XPERIA smartphone labeled the ‘ZR’, which is the latest in a series of dust- and waterproof Android smartphones from the Japanese electronics giant. Following the original Acro and Acro S mid-range models, late 2012’s XPERIA V and their current flagship phone, the 5-inch XPERIA Z, the new ZR ups the ante by pushing the waterproofing to an IP58 certification, meaning it will be able to stay submerged even longer and deeper than its predecessors. Sony claims the ZR to have the “highest level of water-resistance for filming in Full HD underwater“.

Specs are after the jump.

Via PetaPixel and XPERIA Blog

Sony XPERIA ZR Specifications

  • 4.55″ 1280×720 HD screen
  • IP55 dust-proof, IP58 water resistant (1.5 m / 30 min.)
  • 13 megapixel EXMOR RS sensor
  • Full-HD video with HDR
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • Adreno 320 graphics
  • 8 GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity
  • comes as HSPA+ and as LTE version

Sony XPERIA ZR front and back

If the sensor is the same they built into the XPERIA V (which I own), don’t expect overwhelming results from it. It’s okay-ish for a camera-phone, but it won’t knock your socks off. The built-in HDR mode however is more than just a gimmick–it significantly expands the camera’s dynamic range for both stills and video, and makes for a pretty awesome package together with the dust- and water-proofing. Another welcome feature is the actual physical camera button, which was lacking on Sony’s previous waterproof smartphones.

The XPERIA ZR will come in a choice of black, white, turquoise and pink colors and will be launched in June. There is no word yet on pricing, but it should be somewhere between the similarly-styled and similarly-sized XPERIA SP and the Sony’s current flagship-phone, the XPERIA Z.

Sony XPERIA ZR color range

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