Is it just us…
…or does the Sony Xperia ZR commercial look awfully familiar.
In the Xperia Z, Sony has a winning formula — a capable phone stylishly wrapped in a chassis that is both water and dust resistant. And it looks like Sony is taking the successful mixture of style, performance and function downmarket with the Xperia ZR.
The Xperia ZR sits in Sony’s mid-range Xperia line with LTE and enhanced water-resistance capability of up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes (Xperia Z was rated up to 1 meter). Officially, the device is rated IP55 and IP58 for dust and water resistance.
Vital specs include Android 4.1, a 4.6-inch 1280×720 Reality Display (319ppi), 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable with microSD up to 32GB) while a 13MP Exmor RS main camera. Speaking of cameras, unlike the Xperia Z, the Xperia ZR comes with a dedicated camera button making is possible for you to take pictures and videos underwater. Many will appreciate this feature.
No official word on when the Xperia ZR will hit Malaysia but Sony says that the device is scheduled to hit “various global markets” in Q2 so you can expect the ZR to make its debut here around June/July.
Head on over to after the jump for a video on the Xperia ZR.
For those of you that’s been hanging on for the BlackBerry Q10, you wait is almost over and you can pre-order the device from Maxis starting today. Officially the Q10 will be available (from Celcom and Maxis) this Wednesday.
Three plans are on offer from Maxis: BBMore55 with 500MB data, BBMore88 with 1GB and BBMore148 with 5GB of data. The plans come with bundled calls and SMS which varies depending on plan. The mid-tier BBMore 88 looks like a sensible buy. And if you’re wondering, the Q10 supports LTE
Full bundled pricing of the BlackBerry Q10 on Maxis as follows:
BBMore55 (12 months) – RM1,888
BBMore88 (12 months) – RM1,768
BBMore88 (24 months) – RM1,488
BBMore148 (12 months) – RM1,618
BBMore148 (24 months) – RM1,178
For more info, head over to Maxis Store. Currently pre-order is open for new line subscriptions only. The device will start shiping from May 15.
The Galaxy S4 mini is a persistent rumour and judging by Samsung’s propensity to churn out devices that are variants of variants of variants, the S4 mini is looking very plausible considering Samsung makes the Galaxy S III mini with a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display (800×480) and a 1GHz dual-core NovaThor processor that’s selling for a Ringgit under RM1,000 right now.
In any case here’s the latest batch of images that, by the looks of it, is a smaller version of the Galaxy S4. Popular speculated specs include Android 4.2.2, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display (960×540, 256ppi), a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and even possible a dual-SIM variant. Expect the S4 Mini (or GT-i9190) is likely to carry some of the “smart” features from the Galaxy S4.
If the rumour does hold water then you’re looking at a pretty decent mid-range device — provided that the price is right.
More images after the jump.
Before we compare the Galaxy S4‘s camera capabilities, here’s the final leg of the camera shootout between the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z. We have dropped the Xperia ZL from the comparison as it produces identical results as the Xperia Z.
To recap, the iPhone 5 and BlackBerry Z10 shoots a maximum of 8MP while the Sony Xperia Z/Zl shoots at 13MP. The Nokia Lumia 920’s shooter is rated at 8.7MP but captures images at 7.9MP as its maximum size in 4:3 aspect ratio. For HTC, its Ultrapixel camera which boasts bigger pixels shoots at a smaller 4MP resolution.
This time around, we’ve compared the HDR capabilities of the devices in the Suria KLCC and KLCC Twin Tower shots. Strangely for the Xperia Z, the HDR mode doesn’t seem to have any effect at all.
Head after the break for the comparison.
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