Sony Announces the Xperia ZR, but a UK Launch is in Doubt

Sony Xperia ZR

If you’re looking to buy a smartphone with a 1080p screen, then Sony’s Xperia Z has to be one of your top choices, primarily thanks to its water and dust proof chassis – a feature which few smartphones can boast, let alone those with the features of the Xperia Z.

Sony clearly knows it’s on to a winner with the Xperia Z, and has announced another waterproof device this week, named the Xperia ZR. However, this isn’t a carbon copy of the Xperia Z, as the Xperia ZR has both IP55 and IP58 ratings, meaning it’s able to withstand 30 minutes underwater, down to a depth of 1.5 metres. This beats the Xperia Z, as it has an IP55 and IP57 rating.

To make the Xperia ZR unique, Sony is promoting its ability to shoot video underwater, something it can do at 1080p using the 13-megapixel camera. It uses the same Exmor RS sensor as the Xperia Z, and can shoot HDR quality stills and video.

The Xperia ZR is also equipped with a 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and NFC, plus it has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its operating system. The major difference between the top-of-the-range Xperia Z and the new Xperia ZR comes when you look at the screen. Sony has given the Xperia ZR a 4.6-inch, Reality Display touchscreen with a 720p resolution, putting it as the successor to the older Xperia T.

As the phone can connect to 4G LTE networks, we wondered if it would get snapped up by EE, but one online retailer has indicated the Xperia ZR has yet to find any support here. That said, there’s still a chance Sony will push it through in the future.

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