Not even fish have any privacy anymore! Sony’s new Xperia ZR can shoot HD video underwater (Updated)

Sony Xperia ZRSony continues to strengthen its 2013 range with the introduction of the Xperia ZR, which joins the already very popular Xperia Z, and its cousin the Xperia ZL in the company’s revamped smartphone line-up. The Xperia ZR looks like an updated version of the outgoing Xperia T, bringing several features seen on the Xperia Z to a device with a more manageable screen size.

The standout feature however, is rather unusual, as Sony is promoting the Xperia ZR as the only waterproof phone which can shoot high definition video underwater. The Xperia Z’s IP55 and IP57 waterproof rating is one of the few truly differentiating features on this year’s crop of 5-inch, 1080p flagship Android phones, but the Xperia ZR takes it to the next level with an IP55 and IP58 rating. This means it can stay underwater for half-an-hour to a depth of 1.5 meters, and is so tightly sealed it can resist low-pressure water jets.

Video and still pictures will be obtained using a backlit, 13-megapixel camera with HDR capabilities for both. It uses the same Exmor RS sensor seen on the Xperia Z, plus it has a similar array of features such as a burst mode, scene recognition and a quick access shutter button where the phone doesn’t need to be unlocked to use the camera. That’ll come in handy underwater, we’d imagine.

Like the Xperia T, the Xperia ZR has a 4.6-inch, 720p Reality Display touchscreen with Sony’s Bravia Engine 2 enhancements, so it should look great. Inside, the processor has been bumped up to a 1.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, and has 2GB of RAM alongside. There’s 8GB of storage, plus a microSD card slot, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is its operating system.

Sony will produce the Xperia ZR is several colors, including black, white, pink and mint, and expects to have the phone on sale before the summer. However, it has said the exact release date will vary by country, and hasn’t committed to exactly where it’ll put the phone on sale either. We’ll update here when this information, along with the price, has been made available.

Updated on 05/13/2013 at 08:35am by Andy: UK online retailer Clove Technology has indicated Sony has no plans to release the Xperia ZR in the UK. Whether this will impact its chances of arrival in the U.S. remains to be seen.

Sony Xperia ZR Colors
Product Review

Google’s Pixel 3 is a hair away from pocket-sized perfection

Google’s Pixel 3 smartphone is the best Android phone you can buy. It doesn’t have the best looks or the best hardware, but you’ll be hard pressed to find better software and unique A.I. functionalities.

Save up to $850 with the best smartphone deals for November 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $850.

T-Mobile's new Revvl 2, Revvl 2 Plus are now available for purchase

Last year, T-Mobile launched its own line of branded smartphones. As a follow-up to their predecessors, the carrier has unveiled the Revvl 2 and Revvl 2 Plus -- complete with a sleeker design. Here's everything you need to know.
Product Review

Mediocre battery and a big notch slight Google's otherwise perfect Pixel phone

Google’s Pixel 3 XL has two big flaws: The gigantic notch on the front, and mediocre battery life. That being said, this is the best Android experience you can find in a smartphone today.

Selfie-mad Meitu phones are now made by Xiaomi, may be sold globally

Meitu, a Chinese brand best known for its selfie and beautification software, has handed over its smartphone business to Xiaomi. The company now has the global license to produce phones using the Meitu name.

Huawei's folding smartphone reportedly will launch at MWC 2019

Huawei will release a folding smartphone with 5G connectivity in 2019, according to the CEO and executives for the company. Rumors are also spreading to take away some of the mystery surrounding the exciting device.

Photos attributed to midrange Google Pixel Sargo suggest flagship-quality camera

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a third. A budget Pixel 3 that boasts some of the best features of the other two has been leaked.

Keep your Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus free of smudges with a screen protector

The display on Samsung's Galaxy S8 is gorgeous, but it's not exactly rugged. Thankfully, these screen protectors will help you safeguard your new device from unwanted wear and tear.

5G version of upcoming Galaxy S10 may feature 6.7-inch display, six cameras

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

T-Mobile OnePlus 6T phones get some improvements in update

The new OnePlus 6T continues OnePlus's tradition, coming with flagship power, camera performance, and the gorgeous design you want -- but for under $600. Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6T.
Smart Home

You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Echo devices

Amazon's Alexa can now make video and voice calls with Microsoft's Skype audio and video calling. Alexa-enabled devices can make voice calls. Alexa devices with video can make video calls to computers, mobile devices, and Xboxes.

Sprint offers holiday buy one, get one free deal for iPhone XR lease

After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally taken the wraps off of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now that the phones are out, you might be wondering how you can get them for yourself.

Google replaces its classic Search page with Discover on mobile devices

As part of its 20th anniversary, Google unveiled its plans to improve Search, starting with its Google Feed. Now known as Discover, the update brings along a redesign to help you find content that aligns with your interests.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…