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Sony to give more handsets the power to swim

News by Luke Jones on Monday August 25, 2014.

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The original Xperia Z
The original Xperia Z

Sony was the first company to really embrace waterproofing its smartphones when it launched the Xperia Z flagship at the start of last year. Since then other companies have waterproofed their handsets, but Sony has been improving its water protected flagships since the Z right up to the current Xperia Z2.

The Japanese giant makes the best waterproofed mainstream smartphones on the market and last week became the first company to use both the IP65 and the IP68 ingress protection standards. That protection was for the Xperia M2 Aqua, an entry level smartphone from Sony and it makes it the "most waterproof" handset currently available. Sources in Japan are now saying that Sony's plans for this feature will stretch to other mid-range and low end smartphones too.

That means aside from the Z flagship range, every future Xperia handset could arrive with both IP65 and IP68 waterproof and dustproof. The company will put the new strategy into action with its 2015 devices, giving them all the ability to be submerged for 30 minutes, sit in 1 meter depths, take blasts of jet water, and more.

Sony's manufacturing partners such as FIH Mobile, Compal Electronics, and Arima Communications have been instructed to start making test reference units to make more handsets waterproof. Sony is acutely aware that its rivals, especially Samsung, have their own waterproofing plans and the Korean company especially will put the protection its mid-range smartphones too.

Sony recently had some free advertising for the waterproof quality of its devices as an Xperia Z2 flagship was recovered after sitting 10 meters deep in salty sea water for six weeks and still survived and functioned.

source: DIGItimes

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