It appears that Sony is making waves with their new flapship waterproof smartphones. Behold the Sony Xperia ZR which is elegantly encased in a chassis that is not only water resistant but also dust resistant. This new "immunity" makes Sony Xperia ZR very appealing and fucntional at the same time. Although Sony Xperia ZR is classified as a mid-range Xperia line, it is no pushover when it comes to durability. It can even gives his older sibling a run for its money.
Packed with LTE and improved water-resistance capability of up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes (Xperia Z could only submerged up to 1 meter), Xperia ZR officially comes with IP55 and IP58 for dust and water resistance. Sony Xperia ZR boost a gorgeous 4.6inch (1280x720) HD Reality Display powered by Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2. Sony also claimed that Xperia ZR display is less reflective and more responsive thanks to OptiContrast™ & Direct Touch.
Under the hood, Sony Xperia ZR is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of integrated storage. If you feel that the on board storage is not enough, fret not as it is expandable with microSD up to 32GB. With the Adreno 320 GPU, you can play the most advanced and stunning 3D games on your Xperia ZR. I am sure you will really feel like you are being the wheels in Asphalt 7.
One of the main selling point of Sony Xperia ZR has gotta be underwater photography and video shooting. This is where Sony Xperia ZR shines the brightest: It packs with 13MP Exmor RS rear camera and it comes with a dedicated camera button, which makes it possible for you to snap photos and shoot videos underwater since the touch screen will be virtually useless. Now you are never going to miss any of your aquatic moments huh!
Watch Xperia ZR in action
To make it more accessible for users, Sony Xperia ZR has come up with "One-touch Function" , which will easily connect to your HDTV by using NFC without the needs of any cords or fiddling of settings. That really makes it easier to share almost everything. With Stamina Mode, your Sony Xperia ZR can last your for days on standby. I certainly feels that Sony Xperia ZR is an awesome smartphone given its price tag of RM1,649 (US$500). It is available in Malaysia now.