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Sony’s Infographic Reveal Why Waterproof Smartphones Are Important

We are seeing a lot of new smartphone models sold in the market today that have waterproof features. This wasn’t the case a few years ago when smartphones could easily get damaged when it gets in contact with water. While there are still several new models that don’t come with a waterproof feature Sony is one company that understands the benefits of a device that can withstand water.

Xperia Z2

Sony has just released an infographic detailing the benefits of getting a waterproof device. The company uses the IP55/IP58 IP certification of the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet as its comparison models. The infographic shows that each year more than 250,000 people search for information about water damaged phones. The reason for this is that the device gets damaged by water on various scenarios.

Check out the infographic below

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Sony’s latest Xperia models, the Xperia Z2, and Z2 tablet, comes with a waterproof feature. The Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet are IP58 certified which means that they are dust proof and able to withstand water up to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. This is a handy feature since users will be able to use their device outdoors even when it rains.

IP stands for Ingress Protection with the first digit indicating the dust protection level and the second digit indicating the water protection level.

Here’s some information on what each level stands for

Dust Protection (first digit)

  • 0–  No protection against contact and ingress of objects
  • 1–  Any large surface of the body, such as the back of a hand, but no protection against deliberate contact with a body part
  • 2–  Fingers or similar objects
  • 3–  Tools, thick wires, etc.
  • 4– Most wires, screws, etc.
  • 5– Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact (dust proof)
  • 6– No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact (dust tight)

Water Protection (second digit)

  • 0– none
  • 1– Dripping water (vertically falling drops) shall have no harmful effect. Test duration: 10 minutes.
  • 2– Vertically dripping water shall have no harmful effect when the enclosure is tilted at an angle up to 15° from its normal position.
  • 3– Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect. Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.
  • 4– Water splashing against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effect.
  •  5– Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
  • 6– Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
  • 6K– Water projected in powerful jets (12.5 mm nozzle) against the enclosure from any direction, under elevated pressure, shall have no harmful effects.
  • 7– Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion).
  • 8– The equipment is suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer. Normally, this will mean that the equipment is hermetically sealed. It can also mean that water can enter, but only in non-harmful ways
  • 9– Protected against close-range high pressure, high temperature spray downs

via sonymobile