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.