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.

source: DiGiTimes

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Xperia M2 Aqua
  • Display 4.8" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(12.18h 3G talk time)



1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Brilliant. Go Sony!

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is so cool. Setting standards for others. In recent future it would be a common feature for consumers.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes, I wish all manufacturers would take a page from Sony's book. Excellent!

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Good, it should be standard for all OEMs

3. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

white fronts really look ugly. they make bezels look bigger and the display quality uglier.

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Ohh la la la!!

4. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Good sony. 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: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Mid-range price and IP certification. Sounds like something I might buy and use for when I'm on a motorcycle trip.

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