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.
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Full details on the Sony Xperia Z here.