galaxy-s5-preview-mwc2014-18Back in 2013, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z, which at that time was the company’s flagship handset. While the Xperia Z packed some pretty impressive hardware, there were a couple of features that made it stand out from the rest of the competition which is being both water and dust resistant

While we doubt these are features that many customers base their decisions on, it is a pretty handy feature especially in those “oops” moments when you drop the phone in the pool, the toilet, or where it might get wet in the rain. This is a feature Sony carried on to its other products, including the Xperia Z2.

However it turns out that waterproof and dustproof are features Samsung decided to introduce to its latest Galaxy S5 as well. With the popularity of the Galaxy S series, does Sony have something to worry about? Ravi Nookala, President of Sony Mobile Communications USA, doesn’t seem to think so.

When asked by CNET if Sony might be worried that the Galaxy S5 might be taking away that unique feature, Nookala was quick to point out that Sony was the one who started the water resistant trend.

It should be noted that the Xperia Z is not the first smartphone to introduce water resistant capabilities, but it is a pretty unique feature as far as flagship phones are concerned, especially since the majority of high-end phones tend to focus on design, hardware, and not so much on protection.

However if there is one advantage Sony has is that their phones are IP58 certified, versus the Galaxy S5’s IP67 rating. This means in terms of water resistance, the Xperia Z2 can withstand water immersion of up to 1m for as long as they want, versus the Galaxy S5 which can only withstand water immersion for up to 30 minutes.

What do you guys think? Does Sony have something to be worried about here?

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