Sony tipped to be making waterproofness a standard for its 2015 mid-rangers
When it unveiled the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, Sony became the first major manufacturer to employ a smartphone with both the IP65 and the IP68 ingress protection standards, which make the device not only dustproof, but also insusceptible to either jets of water or underwater submersion for up to 30 minutes. This makes the device the “most waterproof” one on the market as of now. According to industry insiders, employing mid-range phones with such waterproof capabilities will continue to be a trend for the Japan-based giant.
Apart from the recently-unveiled mid-ranger, the giant has been endowing its flagship forerunners with similar waterproof capabilities for quite some time now, but water-proof mid-rangers coming straight from Sony's factories will be something usual throughout 2015, as the manufacturer will be seeking to make this a standard trait for its mid-range line, DiGiTimes says.
Some of Sony's ODM (original design manufacturing) contractors, such as FIH Mobile, Compal Electronics, and Arima Communications, have been prepping reference designs for more mid-range devices that won't be “afraid” of water. It is also expected that Sony's rivals will follow closely and equip their mid-range competitors with similar capabilities. Without a doubt, consumers will benefit from this battle the most.
7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2867; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
This is so cool. Setting standards for others. In recent future it would be a common feature for consumers.
8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes, I wish all manufacturers would take a page from Sony's book. Excellent!
3. pwnarena (Posts: 979; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
white fronts really look ugly. they make bezels look bigger and the display quality uglier.
4. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 132; Member since: 30 May 2014)
Hoping they will made a lot of waterproof sony midranger devices, including the successor of xperia sp!!!. they should improve the midranger designs.
5. cezarepc (Posts: 610; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Mid-range price and IP certification. Sounds like something I might buy and use for when I'm on a motorcycle trip.