For sometime there have been rumors about a toned down version of the Xperia Z smartphone that will have a smaller screen and perhaps a lower resolution display called the Xperia ZR. Today, Sony has officially announced the Xperia ZR and has teased a video of the smartphone on its YouTube channel.
Design wise it looks very similar to the Xperia Z, but specs wise, it is a step below the Xperia Z as it has a smaller 4.6-inch display that also has a lower 720p resolution. Sony maintains the Bravia Engine technology for the device and it uses the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and 1GB of RAM.
Sony makes a big deal of its waterproof capabilities and says that it is IP55/IP58 certified like the Xperia Z, but this time around the 13-megapixel rear camera that has an Exmor RS sensor can also shoot HD video underwater. At least that’s what the company insinuates with the video that shows people shooting video and stills underwater.
Other features of the device include NFC, a 2,300 mAh battery, the Adreno 320 GPU and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system. There is no word on price, but Sony says the device will be available in Q2, and it sure looks like an interesting offering considering it can shoot video underwater.
Sony Xperia ZR Specifications
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Chipset
1.5 GHz Quad Core Krait CPU
Adreno 320 GPU
1 GB Of RAM
4.6 Inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) LCD Display
Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2
13 MP Sony Exmor RS Rear Camera
2,300 mAh Battery
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean