Sony offer wet and wild photography with Xperia ZR Android smartphone

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sony-xperia-zr.jpgSony are looking to court the last surviving Atlanteans with their new smartphone, the waterproof Sony Xperia ZR.

A slight step down from the equally-waterproofed Sony Xperia Z, the Xperia ZR is perfectly happy at freshwater depths of 1.5m thanks to IP55 and IP58 compliance. Pushing its photography credentials hard, the phone includes a 13MP Sony Exmor RS sensor and dedicated camera button for top-notch still and HD video recording when submerged.

And though its screen is smaller and little less sharp than the flagship Xperia Z at 4.55-inched and a 1280×720 resolution, it’s still a colourful OLED sitting on top of some impressive internal specs.

Those specs include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset running at 1.5GHz, alongside 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space (expandable by microSD by up to 32GB).

4G connectivity is also included alongside NFC and DLNA compatibility, with the handset running Android 4.1 alongside pre-loaded Sony apps and the company’s subtle reskinning of the OS.

“The Xperia ZR pushes the boundaries on where and how consumers can use the full potential of their smartphone. By combining Sony’s leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment,” said Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

Due out in Q3 2013, we’ve heard no word of pricing yet, but we’ll keep you posted once we do.

Scroll down to see some impossibly good-looking folks play about with the camera underwater in Sony’s demo clip:

Gerald Lynch