Sony has certainly done well for itself when it comes to advancing the cause of waterproof handsets, and it looks as though the company is not going to stop anytime soon. No sir, in fact, they do want to expand the waterproof capability to go beyond that of flagship devices. Word has it that Sony intend to make the waterproof capability a standard feature across its range of mid-tier handsets.
The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua propelled Sony to be the first major manufacturer that ensured their smartphone boasted of both the IP65 and the IP68 ingress protection standards, which would mean the device is dustproof and also remain protected against jets of water or underwater submersion for up to half an hour, hence making it the “most waterproof” device that money can buy commercially at the moment.
It looks as though several of Sony’s ODM (original design manufacturing) contractors (FIH Mobile, Compal Electronics, and Arima Communications included) have been working on reference designs that will cater for mid-range devices that will be able to shrug off having being immersed in a bucket of water. Will this spark a trend among other smartphone manufacturers as well? Who knows, Samsung might just work on a similar concept with devices that bear a different name from that of the Galaxy S range.