NEW YORK (AP) — Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone that sports a 21 megapixel camera and expands what users can do with it underwater.
Sony Corp. said the new Xperia Z1s can be submerged as much as 4.5 feet deep for up to 30 minutes, compared with just 3 feet for last summer's Xperia Z. The Z was water resistant rather than waterproof.
Another limitation with the Z was an inability to snap shots underwater. It was possible to start a video and jump in a pool, but the touch-screen controls made it impossible to take photos or start video when wet. The Z1s has a physical button that can trigger underwater shots.
Meanwhile, the resolution of the camera has increased to 20.7 megapixels, from 13 megapixels in the Z.
Ravi Nookala, president of Sony Mobile Communications' U.S. division, said the phone is ideal for "active users who take a lot of pictures and who go outside to the pool or in the rain."
The new phone is also packed with a variety of camera-related apps that let you:
— Get more information by taking a photo of a book, wine bottle or a landmark such as the Eiffel Tower.