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Sony Xperia ZR unveiled: Even more waterproof than Xperia Z

One of the most eye-catching smartphones of 2013 has been the Sony Xperia Z, which immediately drew intrigue for its water-resistant credentials that added a touch of spice to a strong spec-sheet. Five months on from its unveiling at CES, Sony seems convinced that dunking your phone underwater is something of a necessity, having today launched the Sony Xperia ZR that promises even more liquid durability than its predecessor.

The Japanese manufacturer says the Android-running ZR features “the highest level of water-resistance for capturing photos and Full HD videos underwater,” which sees the handset operational when submerged at 1.5m for up to 30 minutes.

Making up the Xperia ZR is a 4.6in HD display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for enhanced quality, a 13-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM, and a decidedly vague “outstanding battery life,” according to Sony.

With the UK set to enjoy wider access to 4G connectivity over the coming months, Xperia ZR suitors will be pleased to note its 4G LTE compatibility.

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

Pricing remains undisclosed just now, but Sony says the Xperia ZR “will launch in various global markets from Q2 2013.”