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Sony announces new waterproof Xperia ZR

Sony's 4.6-inch Xperia ZR is smaller than the 5-inch Xperia Z released earlier this year.

Sony is continuing to expand its Xperia line with the Xperia ZR -- a smaller, pared-down version of the Xperia Z flagship phone launched earlier this year. 

Like the Z, the ZR also claims to be waterproof (up to 1.5 meters deep for as long as 30 minutes in fresh water) and dust-resistant. The display measures 4.6 inches, compared to the large 5-inch screen on the Xperia Z. Camera specs on the ZR seem to be the same as the Z with a 13MP Exmor RS sensor. The phone is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor with 2GB RAM.

At this point, Sony is only saying that the Xperia ZR will launch in various global markets starting sometime this quarter. 

You can read the full press release from Sony here, and watch what to do with the ZR at your next pool party below:


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These naive games of waterproofing for a certain time only should finally stop! PROPER waterproofing should only be dependent upon the water pressure, as it can cause damage, especially over large flat surfaces.
Making anything waterproof for a certain time only (and there are many cameras done in the similar way), means someone does not know what has been known from the first corked gourd - which is pretty hard to believe. Another reason would be that it is done so on purpose, which is then calculated to harm the customer. Water damage is never covered by the warranty, It will always be blamed on the user.
If the device can't survive being dropped into the brine, that means that something there is ready to melt or corrode.
So, regardless of the manufacturer's ideas or motives, it looks like a purposefully sloppy job.
And if the buying public responds in the only appropriate fashion, such marketing games would soon stop.


The IP7 certification rating only tests for 30 minutes, so 30 minutes is all they promise, it's a standard CYA clause. But there's no reason to assume it'll REALLY only hold for a certain time.

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