Last month, Sony introduced us to its Xperia M2 Aqua — a water and dust-proof version of its older brethren, the Xperia M2. At the time of the announcement, Sony stated that the device would be an ‘Asia exclusive’ and would not be making its way to North America. However, it now looks like that’s all about to change.
At IFA 2014 today, Sony introduced what they claim is the world’s slimmest and lightest tablet, the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Not only is it a lightweight tablet, it comes with an IP65/68 rating for water and dust resistance. Sony has loaded up the Z3 Tablet Compact with a Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, and a full HD TRILUMINOS screen for bright colors.
These days we’re starting to see waterproofing as a premium feature on many manufacturers’ flagship devices, and Sony is looking to change that.
In 2015, Sony plans to make the feature a gold standard among its 2015 mid-rangers, not only its flagships. It’s a nice addition, and is sure to pick up sales for the company unless other manufacturers follow suit with the trend.
Sony currently has the most waterproof device on the market, the Xperia M2 Aqua, which is rated for both IP65 and IP68 protection, allowing the device to be insusceptible to jets of water and can also be underwater for up to 30 minutes.
Looking for a waterproof smartphone but don’t want to break the bank?
Sony finally has an answer for you.
Although the internals aren’t premium, the newly announced Xperia M2 Aqua is fully waterproof as well as dust resistant. You’ll still get the sleek OmniBalance design, though, as well as a dedicated camera button. Hit the break for the details.
Water and your devices. They just do not go hand and hand. In 2013, Samsung realized that they could serve a consumer that wanted durability and released the Galaxy S 4 Active. And this year Samsung and others, like Sony, made their flagship smartphones water and dust resistant. Durability is something becoming expected and now other manufacturers will take this concept to another market for 2015.
Sources say the entry-level and mid-range smartphones will be the target for waterproofing next year. Right now, the cost of a waterproof smartphone is way too high. So releasing a handset below $300 without a contract that is waterproof is the goal. Getting to that price while waterproofing will not be difficult, but can a quality experience still be provided?
We’ve seen a video come out earlier showing how well a Samsung Galaxy S 5 can survive drops and being run over by a Tesla Model S. A new video released by TechSmartt tests the waterproof capabilities of the Galaxy S 5. Samsung is releasing this model with IP67 rating for water resistance. This means the smartphone should be able to survive being submerged in water 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes.
Some of us are required to have our phones on us at all times, so why should we limit the bathtub and the pool as well?
In all seriousness, waterproofing technology has become more popularized on devices in the past year, and LG has recognized this. It is now expected that the LG G3 will feature both waterproofing and dustproof capabilities.
It took a while for other manufacturers to hop aboard, but Sony had been the only company that was both waterproofing and dustproofing its flagship products for some time now. The Galaxy S 5 was also announced to be waterproof and dustproof at Samsung’s special event two weeks ago.
The G3 is also expected to feature fingerprint and eye recognition capabilities, a QHD display and possibly LG’s own SoC, the LG Odin.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which was released around the same time as the Galaxy S4, surprisingly got a lot of attention because of its waterproof and dust-proof features. You can literally dump the phone in the ocean and no harm will be done to your device.
As expected, this feature will become more and more in demand in the future, and we’re already getting rumors that Samsung will be releasing a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with these “rugged” features built in— call it a Galaxy Note 3 Active, perhaps?
Such a device, which already has amazing internals, could sell very well on the market. I already wanted a Note 3, but one that is waterproof makes it even better.
It’s also already being speculated that these “rugged” features will come standard with the Galaxy S5 to be released next year. Pretty exciting, as we’re starting to see some of the awesome things that phones will be able to do in the future. Just add this to the long, long list.
Today, Huawei unveiled their Honor 3 smartphone, which is following the waterproof/dustproof trend. It’s not a high-end flagship offering, but it’s a cool device nonetheless. You’ll find a modest 720p 4.7-inch screen that can recognize wet hands, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. You’ll also find an IR blaster on board, which makes the device a pretty good bang for your buck when you consider it’s priced at about $309.
What do you think about all of these waterproof devices we’ve seen in the past year? Just a useless trend or a nice option to have in a smartphone?
Some new images of Huawei’s forthcoming mid-range device, the Huawei Honor 3, reveal a couple features that may help the device set itself apart from other competitors. First, as one of the leaked photos indicates, the device will be waterproof, although we do not know to what extent. This implies the device will be dustproof as well. Another image shows what appears to be an infrared blaster similar to those found in high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One.