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Sony to launch sub-$300 waterproof smartphones next year, HTC, Motorola and others might join the fun

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Sony to launch sub-$300 waterproof smartphones next year, HTC, Motorola and others might join the fun
Since launching the Xperia Go back in 2012, Sony didn’t release new affordable waterproof smartphones. The company’s current line-up of handsets that can be dunked in water includes devices like the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1S, or Xperia Z1 Compact (pictured in this article), all of which are out of reach for customers not willing to spend more than $300 on a smartphone.

Luckily, Sony might introduce sub-$300 waterproof smartphones starting next year. That’s what Taiwan’s DigiTimes is saying, based on unnamed sources from component supply chains. According to DigiTimes, Sony already started looking for partnerships with component suppliers to produce new mid-end and low-end (thus cheap) waterproof handsets. Reportedly, Taiwanese ODMs are more than ready to manufacture devices like these.

Interestingly, it’s said that other companies are also “likely to expand their water-proof portfolios” next year. These include Samsung (which already offers a selection of water-resistant handsets, the latest being the Galaxy S5 flagship), HTC, Motorola, and Lenovo.

As you may remember, Motorola had several water-resistant handsets in its Defy series. It will be interesting to see if the company is planning to revive that series or not. As for HTC, its only recent water-resistant handset that we know of is the HTC J, which saw a limited release in some Asian markets back in 2012.

Sony to launch sub-$300 waterproof smartphones next year, HTC, Motorola and others might join the fun

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 09 May 2014, 08:18 6

1. techperson211 (Posts: 424; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Nice Sony . Now every low and midrange phone will be ip certified.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:23 8

2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5047; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hell yea, that's good news! Let's hope the Xperia Go and Motorola Defy will make a comeback, they have been silent for a long time now.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:04 1

7. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 438; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Yeah, but you forgot about Samsung Galaxy Xcover. I hope Samsung can join them soon with Xcover 3.

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:25 6

3. faizan-sharif (Posts: 52; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


in my country zr costs now 305 dollars only :) so i am already having it

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:36 1

5. buccob (Posts: 1305; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


wow... that is a very good deal... My older Acro S is still more expensive than that, with (mostly) lower specs

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:26

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


some units of the htc butterfly were also water resistant

posted on 09 May 2014, 15:09

14. azers07 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


Butterfly is IP57 certified... very underrated, but beautiful phone

posted on 09 May 2014, 08:58 1

6. andynaija (Posts: 424; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Why does she look like a creepy underwater statue?

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:09 1

8. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Are they actually going to be water proof or just "water resistant" like the Galaxy S4 Active?

posted on 10 May 2014, 08:48

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Get it through your head. They are all water resistant. There's no such thing as a waterproof phone. Even an IP68 (the highest level of "waterproofing") certified phone will eventually fail if taken deep enough into water or submerged long enough.

posted on 09 May 2014, 09:11

9. ryan5609 (Posts: 96; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


I think the days of $600-$700 phones and phones being sold through subsidy are soon going to be a thing of the past.

posted on 09 May 2014, 10:29

10. RocKO03 (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)


Maybe Moto release it before everyone else.. Moto "made to last" statement in a invite suggest Moto E maybe water proof and dust proof.. We will see on May 13 for sure :D

posted on 09 May 2014, 11:07

11. DocOc (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


It's going to be difficult to talk on the phone under water :(

posted on 09 May 2014, 14:33

12. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


yeah all phone company take note from Sony.

posted on 09 May 2014, 14:35 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6124; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This is going to be sweet. Now everyone won't have to buy expensive otter box case.

posted on 09 May 2014, 16:29 4

15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2004; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Sony finally found their niche. Underwater zombie girls who want to stay in touch with their zombie girlfriends.

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