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Sony Xperia Z2 lives after being submerged in salt water for 6 weeks

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Sony Xperia Z2 lives after being submerged in salt water for 6 weeks
Sony was one of the first smartphone manufacturers to embrace the idea of waterproofing its handsets. We still remember how the Sony Xperia Z caught everyone's attention at CES 2013, with a display that showed off the waterproofing of the phone. The Sony Xperia Z2 happens to be certified to withstand a submersion in water to as deep as 5 feet, for as long as 30 minutes. That is fresh water, by the way. Keep that in mind for the rest of this story.

But don't talk about the waterproofing restrictions to one Alexander Maxén from Gothenburg, Sweden. Good old Alex was waterskiing while on vacation, and while this might seem strange for most of us who keep track of our phones every second, he had left his Sony Xperia Z2 on the seat of the boat. So as you might imagine, once the craft started cutting through the waves, the phone fell into Davey Jones' locker. With the sea bed more than 10 meters deep, trying to recover the device was impossible at the time.'

Once they were back on terra firma, Alexander called the phone, which continued to ring, proving that it was still working (otherwise it would have gone directly to voicemail). Six weeks later, a friend of Alexander went scuba diving and retrieved the Xperia Z2. The bottom line? The back glass was shattered and the battery had completely discharged. But the LED indicator did light up when the phone was plugged in. And once recharged, the phone worked perfectly, even making phone calls.

Alexander decided not to repair the external damage, deciding to keep the phone in this state as a reminder of the six weeks that it spent in salt water, 10 meters below the surface. You can take a look at the Sony Xperia Z2 after it was recovered, by clicking on the slideshow below.


source: Mobil.se (translated), Nyheter (translated) via XperiaBlog

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posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:20 21

1. RuiBacelar (Posts: 141; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Suck it, Samsung and Apple!

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:21 11

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3200; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Comment copied from Xperia blog! Unless you made that comment too :)

Edit: Oh man now you changed it to Apple too lol

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:31 2

12. RuiBacelar (Posts: 141; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


The words...they fit perfectly =(

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 18:32 5

30. techperson211 (Posts: 707; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Now that's top notch waterproof. Kudos Sony!

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 10:49

36. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1389; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


That's for sure. Now let's see other phone to top that.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:17 12

11. Scott93274 (Posts: 1298; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm not overly fond of Sony, but I admit that this is something serious to brag about.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 15:01 1

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is cool and all but this is alleged...

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:55 2

27. Metalspy8 (Posts: 46; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


if it where an iphone, this would of made the news..SMH on all the NOOBS.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:20 14

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3200; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


JEEEEEZ that's outstanding!! :D Love my Z2! And BTW I believe it was 10 meters not 10 feet.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:48 11

4. marcski07 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


wow, impressive, even nokia 3310 can't do it, the moment it hits sea bed, it will cause tsunami....

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:05 5

9. na7noo7 (Posts: 270; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Yet, the Lumia 800 still worked in salt water for 3.5 months, it's not even water resistant.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:33 8

13. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Go away fanboy

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:43 3

16. Genza (Posts: 254; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


You're absolutely right nokia build quality is very good maybe even the best.
But its only 2 meters down in fresh water, it also took almost 6 hours to clean the whole phone and four days on a radiator to revived it.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:44 1

17. avalon2105 (Posts: 100; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


I think it was in the lake for 3.5 months so it was fresh water. That is also impressive but considering how fast salt water corrodes metal this seems just a little more impressive.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:54 1

5. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 635; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Not bad! Doesn't happen to me all that often, but still not bad... :-P

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:54 3

6. DevilsAdvocate (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Radio signals do not work under water, "Alexander called the phone, which continued to ring" .. . .Nice Try Alex.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:09 9

10. wax33 (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Apr 2014)


They are attenuated, but might work.

http://web.archive.org/web/20110605063040/http://www.qsl.net/vk5br/UwaterComms.htm

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 15:19 5

22. Genza (Posts: 254; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


It seems you have no idea of what you're talking about.

You can get a pretty good explanation from wax33, but in short VLF (Very Low Frequency) waves can penetrate for about 40 meters into saltwater.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 16:44 1

26. Wiencon (Posts: 220; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Bulls&it they work, I once tried it by myself with Samsung Solid, I didn't hear anything, but my friend got signal so it works

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:55 9

7. neela_akaash (Posts: 171; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Hence, nobody can match the impressive waterproofing and sturdiness of my Z2.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 13:58 3

8. magnum44 (unregistered)


Oscars for best adapted screenplay

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:34 7

14. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Secure those flaps sailor, we're going down!

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 15:27

24. AfterShock (Posts: 2898; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


At least close the screen door.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 15:29

25. TheLegendaryGhost (Posts: 4; Member since: 25 Jun 2014)


best line i heard so far... they should make it official instead of saying please close the flaps securely...

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:41 4

15. fzacek (Posts: 2098; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Amazing...

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:53 3

18. Genza (Posts: 254; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Sony Xperia Z2 lives after being submerged in salt water for 6 weeks does not surprise me at all, because there are several other phones that have almost the same story even though the phone is not waterproof.
But the thing that amazed me is Z2 was able to survive even with the broken back cover.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 14:57 1

19. Astoni (Posts: 563; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Btw its Göteborg ;) not gothenburg xD

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 15:07

21. skymitch89 (Posts: 1098; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


The IP 58 certification means that it is certified to survive in at least 5ft of water for at least 30min.

Also, in my opinion, this story would be more believable if there was some kind of proof, like that guy that had that waterproof case on his iPhone 4 (or was it 4s?) that was recording all the way to the ocean floor. Having it tested for salt water residue would only mean that it "went for a swim" in salt water.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 15:23

23. vuyonc (Posts: 341; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Hopefully Sony's reading this and make their beautiful phones even tougher!

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:55

28. somad (Posts: 123; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Fake .... hard to believe.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 22:14

34. eldyagustius (Posts: 146; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


yeah sure. my friend swam with it in the sea and got it broken after a few minutes. I don't believe sony because many of its users complained with the water-resistant feature it has.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 18:24 1

29. Adi87 (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


So glad to be a proud owner of Xperia Z2..!!

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 19:43

31. kkmkk (Posts: 94; Member since: 06 May 2013)


love my z2 so much and what i can say it is sony :-)

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 21:19 1

32. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Love mine to, as well as my Note3

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 22:13

33. ngyixian96 (Posts: 89; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


iPhone survives 6 months in a lake, 6 feet underwater without any IP certified.

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 05:21

35. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1372; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


fresh water lol

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:11

37. ecologer (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Impressive indeed, if it's true.

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