Sony Xperia ZR lets you take full HD videos underwater

Makes you wonder why they didn't do this for the Xperia Z.
Makes you wonder why they didn’t do this for the Xperia Z.

Meet the Sony Xperia ZR

While the Sony Xperia Z is “water resistant”, you don’t actually have full control over it when it’s submerged in water or if water drops hit the screen. The water is enough force to activate the touchscreen so it goes crazy if you’re using it while it’s getting wet (like texting in the shower). I was initially hoping that a software update would fix this but apparently it’s a hardware issue as Sony just came out with the new Sony Xperia ZR which is all about full control while in contact with water.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specifications:

Sony Xperia ZR Spec Sheet

  • 1.5GHz Quad-core CPU, Snapdragon APQ8064 Chipset
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 4.55-inches TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • 720 x 1280 resolution, 323 pixels per inch, Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Shatterproof, scratch resistant glass
  • 13.1-megapixels rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Records video 1080p@30fps, HDR
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/aGPS, NFC
  • HSDPA, 3G, LTE
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2,300mAh Battery

Here’s the official promotional video:

Knowing how Sony Mobile Philippines does their business we can probably expect this to land locally in two-three months time.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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