Sony to launch sub-$300 waterproof smartphones next year, HTC, Motorola and others might join the fun
posted by Florin T. / May 09, 2014, 8:09 AM
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.
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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 May 09, 2014, 8:23 AM 8
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in my country zr costs now 305 dollars only :) so i am already having it
posted on May 09, 2014, 8:25 AM 6
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some units of the htc butterfly were also water resistant
posted on May 09, 2014, 8:26 AM 0
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Are they actually going to be water proof or just "water resistant" like the Galaxy S4 Active?
posted on May 09, 2014, 9:09 AM 1
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 May 10, 2014, 8:48 AM 0
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