Now we’re firmly in the era of smartphones it isn’t often a handset has many truly unique features as most phones do just about everything. Often the most stand out thing about a new phone will be a slightly faster processor or larger screen but these are things which are quickly replicated by competitors and before you know it are just commonplace. Despite being over shadowed by devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One the Sony Xperia Z is still worth taking at a look at thanks to a fairly unique feature in the form of water-resistance.
While no other manufactures have seen fit to release a high-end water-resistant phone to rival the Xperia Z, Sony appear keen to continue developing and improving on their water-resistant technology with their follow-up, the Sony Xperia ZR. A quick glance at the hardware shows the Xperia ZR is a very capable but not quite top of the range device. The ZR has a 1.5GHZ quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 4.6-inch 720p screen. While you can find higher resolution screens and more powerful processors elsewhere the Xperia ZR is still near the top of the heap.
The most notable thing about the Xperia ZR certainly is its water-resistance, while the Xperia Z could cope with being submerged, the effect of water on the capacitive touchscreen meant you couldn’t do a lot with it underwater. The Xperia ZR however has a dedicated camera button allowing you to take underwater snaps quite happily. The phone is only certified to be waterproof up to 1.5 meters but for a bit of snorkelling or messing about in the pool the Xperia ZR should be quite adequate. For most users underwater picture taking isn’t going to be too high on their priority list but it’s still a nice feature to have.
Release dates are yet to be announced but it’s believed the Sony Xperia ZR will be available within the next couple of months