In recent years, the advent of smartphones has opened up a lot of uninhabited avenues in front of the world. But there was still an uncharted territory which was never been explored before. There was no smartphone which could not only endure accidental drops in the toilet, but also have full functionality while submerged in water. In comes the new Xperia ZR – the Android smartphone from Sony which has made it possible to click pictures and shoot videos underwater – that too in full HD.
Reports have revealed that the smartphone can operate underwater till a depth of 5 feet and for a time limit of 30 minutes. Moreover, the smartphone can work only in fresh water conditions, and this means it cannot be used in oceans where the salt in the water can erode it. The Xperia ZR can be said as an upgraded version of the Sony Xperia Z. Xperia Z, released in February 2013, is also waterproof with Ingress Protection Ratings of IP55 and IP57. This means the phone can withstand a maximum depth of 3 feet of water. However, the new Xperia ZR is IP55 and IP58, and is thus more suitable in taking snaps and recording videos in swimming pool conditions.
The other specifications of the Xperia ZR are also impressive. The smartphone comes with a 720p HD 4.6-inch screen, 2,300mAh battery, 8GB storage which is expandable up to 32GB, 2GB RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 13-megapixel primary camera with a 16x digital zoom and a 1.2-megapixel secondary camera, and runs on the Android Jelly Bean (4.1.2) software.
Sony Xperia ZR is set for a launch in the second quarter of 2013. The smartphone is said to be available in white, black, mint and pink colors. Although the price is yet undecided, Sony plans to reveal it as soon as possible.