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

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: (translated), Nyheter (translated) via XperiaBlog

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Suck it, Samsung and Apple!

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Comment copied from Xperia blog! Unless you made that comment too :) Edit: Oh man now you changed it to Apple too lol

12. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

The words...they fit perfectly =(

30. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Now that's top notch waterproof. Kudos Sony!

36. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

27. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

4. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

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

9. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

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

13. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Go away fanboy

16. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

17. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 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.

5. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

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

6. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

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

10. wax33

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

22. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

26. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

8. magnum44 unregistered

Oscars for best adapted screenplay

14. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Secure those flaps sailor, we're going down!

24. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

At least close the screen door.

25. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

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

15. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014


18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 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.

19. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Btw its Göteborg ;) not gothenburg xD

21. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

23. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

28. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Fake .... hard to believe.

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