Sony has announced their latest Android smartphone, the Sony Xperia ZR, a shrunken version of the Xperia Z which still is LTE enabled and designed to be both dust and waterproof and conforms to IP55 and IP58 standards.
The Sony Xperia ZR is capable of being submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes, and comes with a 4.6-inch HD Reality Display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Processing on the Sony Xperia ZR comes in the form of a 1.5GHz S4 Pro quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM pushing along Android 4.1.
The device also includes the same 13-megapixel sensor as the Xperia Z, and with an IP55/IP58 Ingress Protection rating – that’s even better water resistance than its bigger counterpart.
The handset also features 8GB of built-in storage, plus a microSD card slot that can take up to 64GB cards.
“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.”
Other specifications on the Sony Xperia ZR include a 2,300 mAh battery, plus a ‘Battery Stamina’ mode which is designed to improved the standby time of the handset by up to four times, this works by shutting down apps that would normally drain the battery.
The Sony Xperia ZR also comes with NFC and, as mentioned before, 4G LTE.
This mini marvel measures 10mm thick and weighs in at 140g.
Sony has not yet given an exact launch date or pricing for the device, all I know now is that it will launch in quarter three.
Keep an eye out for my hands-on review of the full-sized Xperia Z, coming soon.
Check out the video of the Xperia ZR below in the meantime 🙂