Sony launches phone with highest level of water resistance

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Xperia ZR can be submerged in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes, with release scheduled before Q3

Sony Mobile will launch the Xperia ZR smartphone this quarter, which will feature the highest level of water resistance for taking photos and full HD videos underwater.

The Xperia ZR, is IP55 and IP58 compliant so can be kept submerged in 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes.

The Android smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz quad-core processor and has a 4.6-inch HD touchscreen made from scratch-resistant glass and covered with a shatter proof sheet.

The screen is powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for improved image sharpness and the ‘OptiContrast’ panel, which Sony said reduces reflections and provides clearer viewing and by eliminating the sensor layer and integrating the sensor on the lens, responsiveness of the screen is increased.

It also has a 13-megapixel camera with Sony’s ‘Exmor RS for mobile’ image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range), which Sony said provides sharp imagery regardless of the conditions.

According to the manufacturer, ‘Battery STAMINA Mode’ quadruples the standby time of the smartphone by shutting down battery draining apps whenever the screen is off and restarting when it is back on.

When the Xperia ZR is released in the coming weeks, it will be available in black, white, pink and ‘mint’.

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