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

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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16 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

3. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

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

5. buccob

Posts: 2945; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

4. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

some units of the htc butterfly were also water resistant

14. azers07

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

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

6. andynaija

Posts: 1242; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Why does she look like a creepy underwater statue?

8. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

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

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

9. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

10. RocKO03

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 18, 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

11. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

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

12. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

yeah all phone company take note from Sony.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

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