Sony’s water-proof and dust-proof treatment for the Xperia Z has earned the company many fans and it seems that particular feature is set to be endowed to many smartphones from the Japanese electronic giant's stable as well.

If rumours are to be believed, Sony will launch another weather-proof phone, the Xperia ZR later this year. Word of this mystery handset comes courtesy of the Xperia Blog, who claim to have it on “good authority” that the Xperia ZR is in the works. There are no images of the phone to go with the rumoured specs, so this could very well be the imagination of a Sony fanboy at work.

More phone headed for the Xperia branding

More water-proof Xperia smartphones?

So what’s so special about the Xperia ZR besides the rumoured IP55/58 certification. Well, not much. From the specs sheet, the ZR looks to be an elder sibling of the Xperia SP, which was just launched in India. The Xperia ZR is supposedly codenamed Dogo and if we look at Sony’s smartphone launches last year, it could debut at IFA in Berlin in September.

Xperia ZR will allegedly have a 4.6-inch 720p display instead of the 5-inch 1080p behemoth on the Xperia Z. Under the hood will be a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro SoC, which is now bettered by the Snapdragon 600. The ZR will also allegedly have 2GB of RAM, a 13MP Exmor RS sensor-laden primary camera to bring a camera experience on par with the Xperia Z.

Internal storage is expected to be 8GB and Sony has made provision for a microSD card slot, like in most of its recent phones. Battery life should be hassle-free thanks to the 2300mAh capacity unit.

The Japanese company is also preparing other handsets, with a phablet also rumoured to be in the works. If true, Sony could be readying quite an arsenal to help in its bid to become the No 3 smartphone maker in the world. More importantly, the company has also launched the an AOSP programme for the Xperia Z and will be driving development of Android software and features.

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