Sony has a water-resistant Xperia X Compact (but only for Japan)

Sony has a water-resistant Xperia X Compact (but only for Japan)
Although it succeeds a respectable line of water-resistant smartphones, the Sony Xperia X Compact is not protected against water in any way. More exactly, the global and US versions of the handset aren't, because Sony this week announced an upgraded Xperia X Compact that's IP68-certified, thus offering the same level of protection against dust and water as the more expensive Xperia XZ.

The water-resistant Xperia X Compact was announced in Japan, Sony's home country, and, unfortunately, it will likely not be released anywhere else. The phone will be available starting November in Japan via the country's largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo. Besides water resistance, Japanese customers will also get an exclusive pink version of the X Compact.

The Japan-bound Xperia X Compact has the exact same dimensions and weight as the global and US versions, while also offering the same internals (including a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a 2700 mAh battery). Thus, Sony didn't have to compromise on anything in order to add water resistance, which makes us wonder why the feature is available only on the Japanese model.

Right now, the Sony Xperia X Compact is available in the US for $449.99, unlocked. Is the absence of water resistance on the US model a deal breaker for you?

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Xperia X Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(14.1h 3G talk time)



1. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I think it's very sour that only the home country gets to have that. WTF. It's not a deal breaker, but the way this was done makes it feel worse over having the fingerprint scanner disabled.

2. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Sony has to save money where they can. They don't have an unlimited amount of isheep to fund them. They used to have the same luxuries Apple did back in their hey days but not anymore. Japan phones require it because they are surrounded by water.

3. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I've read many reports that phones sold in Japan have to be water proof because the customers use them in the shower. Here's just one article on it:

4. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No water resistance is definately a dealbreaker for me. Too bad that the regular X compact doesn't have it.

7. jayarmstrong

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Same. I'm getting a z5 compact instead of the X series although I'd love the camera & RAM upgrades.

5. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

i will not be upgrading... correction, downgrading from Z5 Compact to X Compact.

6. alextheracer

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 22, 2017

Remember that memo Sony released? "Yeah, um, so all our IP-rated devices are actually not waterproof as we claimed. You can't use them in water, despite, like, all our advertising showing people swimming with our phones and stuff. Now take your $400 phone and go f**k yourself with it. Love Sony xoxoxo" I assume they want to stop dealing with the whole waterproofing headache internationally. Perhaps they think more highly of their Jap customers, or the warranty terms are different.

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