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Sony "not worried" about the fact that Samsung's Galaxy S5 is water resistant

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Sony "not worried" about the fact that Samsung's Galaxy S5 is water resistant

MWC 2014 is now over and, among many other things, the fair brought us two new, high-end water resistant Android smartphones: Sony’s Xperia Z2, and Samsung’s Galaxy S5. As you may know, Sony was the first to introduce a high-end smartphone that features a water resistant body: it was the Xperia Z, released in early 2013. But now, with the Galaxy S5 coming soon, Sony may feel that the uniqueness of its Xperias is being threatened. Or maybe not.

According to Ravi Nookala, President of Sony Mobile Communications USA, the company is “not worried about it” - it being the fact that the S5 is also water resistant. CNET talked to Ravi Nookala yesterday, and the exec was quick to mention that Sony “started the waterproof trend.”

The Xperia Z, which we’re mentioning above, was succeeded by the Z1 and the Z1S, the latter being a US-only variant that’s available at T-Mobile since January. Nookala said that the launch of Xperia Z1S was a turning point for Sony in the US, and “sales have exceeded expectations,” being “25% above its predecessor.”

Both the Xperia Z1S and Xperia Z2 (pictured above) are IP58-certified. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5 (pictured below) and its IP67 certification, the two Sony handsets have an advantage, as they are more waterproof, if we may put it this way. The Z1S and Z2 can be immersed in water beyond 1m (3.2 feet) for as long as you wish, while the Galaxy S5 is safe only when immersed in up to 1m of water for no more than 30 minutes. You can see more about how IP rating works here

Sony "not worried" about the fact that Samsung's Galaxy S5 is water resistant

While the Xperia Z2 is expected to be released in March in some markets, it doesn’t look like it’ll be coming to the US soon. One of the reasons for this is that the Z1S was launched just last month. But Sony may introduce the new Z2 Stateside before FIFA 2014 World Cup debuts (June 12). Ravi Nookala said that Sony smartphones may see a sales boost in June, due to the fact that the company is one of the official FIFA partners for this year’s World Cup. As you can see in our Xperia Z1S review and our Xperia Z1 Compact review, 2014 FIFA World Cup logos are being placed on the smartphones’ retail boxes.

Samsung said that the Galaxy S5 would be launched globally on April 11 - so it will be in stores about a month later than the Xperia Z2. Still, the Z2 won't reach US shores before the S5, but Ravi Nookala is confident that, when T-Mobile customers will ask about the S5's waterproof capabilities, salespeople will present the Xperia Z1S as an alternative. Apparently, there are water tanks in about 700 T-Mobile USA locations for store staff to show how the  Z1S can still function underwater, and even take photos while there. Too bad that this is possible only at T-Mobile.

source: CNET

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:40 15

1. Miracles (Posts: 487; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Of course not. Its not WATERPROOF.

Archos guy(a couple articles back) knows it now lol.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:49 1

3. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Well they should start worrying cause the s5 will come with a lower price and when the metal premium hits the market they're screwed.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:56 1

6. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


well, we will see soon whether the 'waterproof' capability is just a gimmick or real thing

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:59 8

17. ph00ny (Posts: 598; Member since: 26 May 2011)


um it received IP67 cert

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:40 7

13. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I want Lava proof.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:47 2

15. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Next step, Sun proof...

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:52 2

31. Sonny_09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 24 May 2013)


You'll might find Idiot-proof handy too. lol

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:25 3

23. Doakie (Posts: 1248; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Of course they're going to boast that they're not scared about it being water resistant. However Sony is going to sell about 1/10th as many Z2s as the S5... So that's nice that you're not scared, you're still technically losing.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:22 7

26. Odiin (Posts: 224; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Yup S5 sells in millions. That doest mean Z2 is inferior product. Its not loosing anything. Quality n quantity doesn't come together always.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 02:55

37. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 401; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


In business world its all it matters. If you sell or not. They aint selling super cars where they sell few exclusive ones and don't care for numbers. In smartphone world its all about how much u sell. And sony obviously cant even sell the 1/10 of Sammy. Which is sad. Really sad. Last night with group of friends who aint into tech started talking what phone a friend should get. EVERY SINGLE one of them mentioned a samsung phone. Sammy is doing wonders in the marketing department.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:45 3

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


But then does that mean that the Galaxy S5 is more dust proof since the first digit is higher?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:49 5

4. Miracles (Posts: 487; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Yes thats true.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 18:50 7

5. Florin.T (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Yep, it does mean that.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:19 4

8. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


"Samsung said that the Galaxy S5 would be launched globally on April 11 - so it will be in stores about a month earlier than the Xperia Z2."

Isn't the z2 first
March then april, Right?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:34

11. a_merryman (Posts: 671; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'm assuming he meant launch in the US market first, assuming that Sony waits till June like the article suggests.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:37

12. Florin.T (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Corrected. My idea was different that what came out in writing. Thanks for noticing!

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:10

7. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


That is a nice safety net feature to have imo.
Wtg SS an Sony.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:21 4

9. Federated (Posts: 228; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


I have feeling the T-Mobile USA version of the Sony Xperia Z2 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC on its launch on June 2014. My guess is Z2s might be its name. I hope I'm right. So it's iPhone 6 versus Sony Xperia Z2s here in the States.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:27 1

10. dancorcal (Posts: 34; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Yes...as someone who ruined a $600 phone in the washing machine I appreciate this feature.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:43 3

14. HASHTAG (Posts: 151; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)


Not saying it would, but wouldn't a washer machine damage the S5 by taking apart the back of the phone in since the back is removable? So, your $600 phone would still get destroyed.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 19:54

16. pwnarena (Posts: 880; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


even without the back detaching, being in the washing machine alone (immersed in water) will damage it. it's not waterproof, only water resistant.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:04

19. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


It is water proof. IP67 Certified. The Z is IP58. Both are water proof.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:10

21. a_merryman (Posts: 671; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


To be fair, I don't think either phone would make it through the washing machine....that is brutal on any bit of technology.

And most wash cycles take longer than the 30 minutes that the S5 is rated for, so assuming that both phones could survive the torture the washing machine would throw at them, the S5 would still probably give out first. Though on the beach or in the desert, the S5 would do better than the Z2 since it is more dustproof (having the highest dustproof rating available) So you would not have to worry about it at all in a sandstorm, thats pretty cool.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 06:13

40. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


IP5X = "Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact (dust proof)"
So sand on the beach or in the desert will not damage or interfere with the performance of Z2 and only some "nano" particle can enter the phone.

Even if you're buried S4 in the sand I'm sure S4 will not be damaged.
When it comes to electronic devices water is far mor dangerous than dust.

And Z2 with IPX8 can survive from immersion in water generally up to 3m.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 06:23

41. a_merryman (Posts: 671; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Oh, I know. I'm not sure why you thought I was saying otherwise? I literally said that the S5 would give out in the water first.Trust me, I would also much rather have the better water rating. It will be much more handy for me. I was just commenting that it is cool that the S5 is completely dustproof, never did I say the Z2 wouldn't be able to handle the beach or desert...most phones will unless you decide to rub sand into it forcefully. The only time I could imagine being completely dustproof would make a difference is a sandstorm (which you shouldn't be out in) or in various industrial settings where fine particulate matter is common.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 20:14

18. elitewolverine (Posts: 1567; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


as well as most wash machines will beat it up, and are usually more than 30mins

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:33

47. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I think shockproof which is another IP Standard would come into play during some of this as well

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:07

20. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Honestly i couldnt care less about water proof fones.
I would buy the Z2 in a heartbeat if it had better bezels like the ZL even if that meant losing waterproof. The S5 is pretty dam ugly

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:19

22. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I still think ultimate test is a pillow case filled with all the top phones tossed into a dryer with heat off for say, twenty minutes.

It'd be interesting to see what phone came out alive besides maybe Nokia.
That's a rating.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:21 1

24. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Sony really needs to get their crap together. The Z2 is an outstanding device, but unless they put it out on all the major carriers....it's going to need to be dust proof, because that's where it's going to be left behind.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:44 2

25. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1005; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Galaxy S5
6-dust tight
7-Immersion To 1 Meter
Galaxy wins....for dust protected

Xperia Z2:
5-dust protected
8-immersion beyond 1 meter
Xperia wins,....for waterproofness beyond 1 meter

virdict-XPERIA is clearly a winner,water is more danger to the device than dust.
as if you like the to play in dirt.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:28 1

27. ChocolatePants (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Not necessarily. Your phone's exposed to dirt 99.99% of the time. And really, 1 meter isn't deep, so your instincts will tell you "Oh no! Don't make it go down that far!" While the s5 will die out below 1 meter, the Xperia would die out below 1.2 meters, which isn't much of a difference.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 01:22 1

35. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1005; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


what are you trying to say here? is it exposed to 99.99% water?no,have you tested the xperia down to 2 meters? i have tested to 7 ft which is 2.20 meters and still works. maybe you work in a garden thats why your phone is so dirty.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:35

48. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i've never submerged my Galaxy Note II in a pile of dust so I couldn't tell you what that would do, but water did mess it up pretty good.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 21:28

52. FredoGavera (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


you clearly have no clue. if you actually took the time to read the IP cert chart you'd see that 8 means that it could be far beyond 1m, it could realistically be 10m but according to the chart manufacturers generally say 3m which is actually quite a lot.

Also, dust may enter the Z2 but it will not break the phone by any means:
IP5X 'Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact (dust proof)'

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:04

28. Liveitup (Posts: 1205; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I really don't get why waterproof phones are being called a trend, flat UI is a trend , water proof feature not so much, its cool but phones being destroyed by water is not something that happens a lot also I recall a Fitjustu water proof Windows Phone having this feature in 2011. Its cool to have that feature if you ever happen to get your phone wet, otherwise using your phone in water deliberately is never smart, however I think things like working on new innovations for things like longer lasting battery life etc is more important than features such as this.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:19 1

29. Jason2k13 (Posts: 642; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


sony still loses, S5 is dust proof, and whos gonna accidentally leave there phone in 1 meter water for 30 minutes?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 06:24 1

42. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Lol... even only with IP5X dust will never damage or interfere with the performance of Z2.

Most people like to takes picture and video when they having fun on the beach, swimming pool and water park.
And Z2 will survive from immersion in water up to 3m thanks to IPX8.

When it comes to electronic devices water is far more dangerous than dust.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:20

30. sniperdroid (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 May 2013)


If asked the same question who would say yes?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 01:12 2

32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You all are crying like baby fanboys. One thing is clear GS5 is ugly.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 01:14 2

33. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You all are crying like baby fanboys. One thing is clear GS5 is ugly.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:36

49. Dadler22 (Posts: 161; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


save your reservations for face-to-face. no one has really seen this thing outside of a computer monitor

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 01:15

34. skyline88 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


they're much more worried about their poor sales

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 01:50

36. victory_zhou (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)


Depend on the users, which UI they like, touchwiz or sony

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 03:02

38. Amir1 (Posts: 262; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Thumbs up if you want undieng battery proof.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 04:23 1

39. Mfa901 (Posts: 39; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


I want a phone which floats

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 09:22

43. jrod78414 (Posts: 101; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


I dont think he knows motorola has been doing that on there DROID series before sony. UMmm.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:28

44. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Water resistant is just a "GIMMICK".

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 11:03 1

45. NE_BE (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Mar 2013)


to bad people don't really look, they just come in and want "a samsung" because the family nerd told them it's good >.>
Sony's line up for this year is really amazing; so was last year, but the screen... meh.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 12:40 1

46. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-Xperia-Z2-display-analyzed-large-color-gamut-excellent-color-accuracy_id53317

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 21:43

50. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 42; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


alot of media devices in the past have been made water resistant/waterproof...but then again, i do believe sony made the first waterproof walkman in the 80's that was yellow in color, hehe

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 21:16

51. FredoGavera (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Both these phones have what I like, SD card support and decent water resistance. I do hope however that Sony releases another high end compact version just like the Z1 compact. I think I'm one of the only people left in the west that still finds phones over 5 inches in length oversized...

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