Xiaomi founder Lei Jun explains why the manufacturer doesn't waterproof its phones

Xiaomi founder Lei Jun explains why the manufacturer doesn't waterproof its phones
71% of the earth consists of water. With this stat in mind, you might think that more smartphone manufacturers would waterproof their wares. Yes, there are some models like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge that are protected from water (or champagne, right Lil' Wayne?) and can even be submerged into the liquid for a limited period of time.

But Samsung, which had also offered protection from water with the Samsung Galaxy S5, is practically alone among the top handset producers. Sony, whose Xperia Z line featured protection from water, has eliminated this feature with its new Xperia X models. Motorola and HTC have limited protection on their devices that save them from spills and light rain.

One company that has never offered waterproofing of any kind on its handsets is Xiaomi. Company founder Lin Jun explained why he hasn't protected Xiaomi phones from water damage, despite requests from its customers to do so. First on his list is that any damage to the phone will cause the protection from water to deteriorate. This could happen even with minor damage done to a phone.

The cost of adding waterproofing also stops Xiaomi from adding it to its handsets. Lin says that he would consider building such a model if its customers are willing to pay 20% to 30% of the additional cost required to add the feature. But until that happens, owners of Xiaomi phones need to stay out of the rain.

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56 Comments

1. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

So why is Iphone so expensive?

4. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

because is just overpriced... It gives the sensation to the customers that their a buying something topnotch... while it is just like an average smartphone with a higher price.

6. IAmBackJustToComment unregistered

Kind of like the Xperia line? Eh? Also, it's not overpriced, it's priced appropriately because it is marketed as a premium brand. Just like Sony and its products, even though other than the Playstation, the quality, look, and performance of all other products has detereoriated over the years.

8. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

Xperia has supperior specificications than apple in all the Xperia Z line... yes it is true that on the new Xperia X they lowered quality but the rest of sony producs worth the money..

10. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I've never used Xperia but I had Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Nexus and Apple iPhone's.. from that I can say Xperia has nothing better than just spec and when it will come to speed iPhone 6s can easily crush it badly way too badly

19. buccob

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

that is the opinion from someone who hasnt used an Xperia device... i have had Moto, Samsung, Sony, Nexus, apple devices and each has their strenghts... for my needs the older Xperia line covered very well... right now there is absolutely no phone that makes me fall in love however...

22. therealestmc

Posts: 678; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

And they are slower in speed test compared to the iPhone.

57. matistight

Posts: 870; Member since: May 13, 2009

Have you ever heard the speaker on the xperia z line? They added dual speakers for a reason...

14. cryptonx

Posts: 59; Member since: Jan 05, 2016

No. At least when buying the iphone ur buying a complete experinece with its own closed ecosystem. There is no alterantive ifnyou want IOS. But there is no excuse for sony to overprice their phones while you can have 2x times better phones for the same money and similar experience for half of the money. Theres nothing to set it from the crowd (at least now) back in 2011 when samsung built plastic s**t. Phones like the Xperia Arc were amazing and looked really really good and was not expensive. Nowadays they are almost lackluster in every department and cost as much.. If this is sonys new trend. Expect layoffs very soon.

5. IAmBackJustToComment unregistered

This article has nothing to do with Apple or the iPhone.

9. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

iPhone deserve that price. IMO especially when Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony be that expeensives.. not sure now but I was no. 1 brand Beside Fastest phone on planet are iPhones ;) like 6s/6s plus, software is great, updates are awesome.. Only reason people point them cuz they have 1/2GB RAM and 750p/1080p displays. Shame on Samsung or other OEM that even with 4GB of RAM they can't beat Apple in term of performance and speed. Only place iPhone really need upgrade is camera. I hope iPhone will close the gap with iPhone 7.

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

What performance? If performance limitations what you're talking about , then I agree with your statements.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Note and S burn the iPhone because they all do more.in the same amount of time. The iPhone is buying 2 cores on doing nothing, yet the Galaxy is better because it effieicient. Consider both the Note and the S have better battery life than the iPhone. Consider this. According ro PA, the iPhone and Note 5 both last just over 8 hours. Shouldn't a phone that does less last longer? It's not about speed. It's meant to do a lot and do not without consuming accessible amounts of power. Even with my pushing a QHD display and 8 cores and more ram. You made a choice to pay more and get lwss. We choose to pay the same and get more. So what is the problem? You don't need to justify my purchase because you have to foe yours. The Note and S are faster. Because the iPhones hardware could even run th3 software on the S and Note. It would crawl to almost complete motionlessness. If you like the iPhone just like it. Don't try to claim the iPhone is faster than everything sold. It is not better than the S and Note foe sure and I could list 10 other phones that give it a good run for its money.

21. Nopers unregistered

I kind of feel that you're an Apple fanboy trying to make Samsung fanboys look bad. More cores =\= more performance. And 8 cores on phones are not true octa cores, they can utilize a maximum of 4 at a time since they're split in to clusters. Most of the time on a phone you are only using one or two cores. Android phones need more RAM than iPhones because of the trashy memory management with the "garbage collector" and the memory leak issue that has persisted from lollipop. I bought an S6 edge and felt bad about that purchase.

42. Leo_MC

Posts: 5884; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No, note can't do more, for instance it can't edit 4k video (I mean edit-edit).

27. iushnt

Posts: 3019; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Shame on iPhone for providing poor battery life with 1 GB RAM, 750p screen and dual core processor.

33. WPX00

Posts: 508; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Well you need to take into consideration that the battery size is about as big as an ant's ass

44. Leo_MC

Posts: 5884; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The 6s out lasts both at and s7. I don't know about note., because I don't use tablets as phones. But 5s and 6 have worse battery life, even though they get the user through a day's usage.

40. MEeee

Posts: 381; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

iDiots are always so proud their outdated iProducts. They will do anything for it, even selling their own child for it.

49. AlikMalix unregistered

@MEeee. Great job composing that blabber post!!! Congratulations you earned 20 points!!!

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because there are crazy people willing to buy it.

41. Leo_MC

Posts: 5884; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Because it gives the user the best overall experience.

50. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 898; Member since: May 07, 2014

Because it has a logo depicting a fruit that has been bitten.

55. 0kax0el0

Posts: 237; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Because that's what people are willing to pay for it. If no one (or almost no one) were to pay what Apple ask for it's products they probably would drop the price. So yes, maybe Apple is "selling mirrors" but, if people is pleased with those mirrors why would Apple drop the price?

2. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 395; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

This is an excuse even a light nano coat could be good, this is just how they cut many corners. To profit from making their handsets be cheap. Surface phone needs to come out and show them all what a flagship phone with 12Gb of ram and a 1 terabyte of memory smartphone can do. Surface phone one phone to rule them all.

3. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

That name... Just... Just no man.

7. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

The Xperia X Performance is Goddamn waterproof!

11. Xperia14

Posts: 1190; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The ENTIRE Z-line is waterproof, among others from the M-line and the X performance as well, but all I read is Samsung, Samsung, Samsung, Samsung. Sony made it popular with the Z0. Anyways, good that Samsung joined in as well because a waterproof Note would be very welcome for me. Waterproofing is a must for me.

46. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

In US sony market is los, most of the avg people buy apple and Samsung

13. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

If you so want water protection, there's after-market options like Liquipel to suit your budget and needs... https://www.liquipel.com/watersafe#Page 1

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