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Appeared on: Monday, May 13, 2013
Sony Introduces The Xperia ZR Waterproof Smartphone

Sony Mobile today introduced the new Xperia ZR featuring water-resistance for capturing photos and Full HD videos underwater.

This Android smartphone features content with a 4.6" HD Reality display, 13 megapixel fast capture camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, and 4G LTE. By eliminating the sensor layer and integrating the sensor on the lens, responsiveness of the screen is increased. And Sony's prediction filter helps better detect the movement of your finger.

As well as being dust-resistant, this waterproof phone is IP55 and IP58 compliant, so you can keep it submerged in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Combined with its dedicated camera key, the waterproof capabilities let you shoot videos in Full HD or snap pictures underwater. The camera key also allows you to shoot even from a locked screen.

The Xperia ZR is also featuring Sony's "Exmor RS for mobile" image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for both photos and videos, Auto mode to automatically shoot with the most optimal settings and a burst mode to shoot an unlimited number of images at 15 frames per second.



Xperia ZR also features Battery STAMINA Mode which improves the standby time of your smartphone by four times or more by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on.

The OptiContrast panel reduces reflections and provides clearer viewing, even in bright sunlight, and creates a black surface when the phone is turned off.

The "WALKMAN", Album and Movies applications enable discovery of online and offline content through an access point with new ways to enjoy and share that content. The "WALKMAN" application provides access to all your downloaded music, a library of over 20 million songs to explore from Music Unlimited and Facebook social integration. The Movies application provides access to over 150,000 movies and TV series from Video Unlimited. The Album application enables access to Facebook friends' photos and browsing photos by location. A new feature of this app is 'Faces' which recognizes and sorts the faces in your photo album so you can tag existing contacts or add names to familiar faces.

One-touch functions let you share music, photos and videos from your smartphone to NFC-enabled Sony devices.

The new Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH50 is an app-enabled wireless headset with built-in FM radio, OLED display and one-touch connection for wireless audio streaming. Simply touch your Xperia ZR once to the headset to pair the devices and make a call or begin listening to tracks. The SBH50 is available in either black or white colour variants. Other accessories which complement the Xperia ZR are the Charging Dock DK28 and SmartWatch MN2.

The Xperia ZR will launch in various global markets from Q2 2013 (availability will vary by market).


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