Sony’s new enhanced waterproof SonyXperia ZR – Specification Review

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Introduction

After a successful launch of Sony Xperia Z earlier this year, Sony has unveiled a new variant of its flagship Xperia Z Android smartphone, introducingXperia ZR with almost similar features a Xperia Z, but, in a more compact design. This time Sony has also come up with enhanced waterproofing feature that enables you to use the device at depths of up to 1.5 meters underwater and capture Full HD videos and photos. Let’s see some of its specification in detail. 

Design and Display

Being compact, durable and sleek, the Xperia ZRclosely resembles the Z’s design, but there’s a slight difference. Xperia ZR has a smaller screen. It comes equipped with 4.6inch HD Reality LCD screen with newdisplay technology called ‘OptiContrast’ panel along with 1280 x 720 pixel of display resolution. OptiContrast’ panel eliminates the gap between touch sensor and the screen by segregating the touch sensor on the main panel making the display slimmer and touch-responsive. Following the trend of most Xperiaphones, this handset also comes with the mobile bravia display.

Hardware

Sony Xperia ZR is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. It has a 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be further expanded to 32GB via microSD card depending upon your need. The combination of all these features along with dust-proof and water-proof tag makes the phone, a winner, spec wise.

Camera

Xperia ZR packs 13MP primary camera with 16x digital zooming capability. Since, it’s equipped with Sony’s Exmor RS for mobile image sensor with HDR, it helps to capture HD images and videos at different exposure levels. There’s also a burst mode that captures 15 images at the same time. On the top of all these, the smartphone is highly water-resistant  that lets you take full HD videos and photos  underwater, with IP55/ IP58 rating. The phone also features basic VGA  front-facing camera for video calls.

Connectivity

The Xperia ZR supports all the latest connectivity options like 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB and NFC.

Applications

Xperia ZR is a perfect companion for you that comes loaded with variety of apps providing you full entertainment. The Walkman, Movies and Album apps will help you find offline and online content via a single access point. The Walkman app allows access to all the downloaded music. It also allows you to explore songs from Music Unlimited, the Movies app will allow you to access around 150,000 movies and TV serials from Video Unlimited, the Album app provides access to your Facebook friends photos and the most interesting app in this device is “Faces” that recognizes and sorts the faces in your photo album. Hence, you can add contacts and names to the faces.

Battery Back-Up

The handset is powered by a 2,300mAh battery and also comes with Battery Stamina Mode. This feature improves the standby time by shutting down apps when the screen is off. The apps will automatically start up again when the screen gets on.

Price and availability

The Sony Xperia ZR smartphone will be launched in the second quarter of the year and as far as the SonyXperia ZR price is concerned, it has not been disclosed yet, but it is expected somewhere near around Rs.30,000, a bit lesser than Xperia Z.

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