While Apple has been recognized as revolutionizing the smartphone market with its retina display iPhone screens and useful features like Facetime video calls, Sony is here is put all that to shame with its latest device that you can drop in the water while you take a bath. It may be difficult, but try to contain yourself. Sony’s new Xperia Z handset features a water-resistant design that allows it to be submerged for up to 30 minutes without damage.
While splash or rain resistant phones are fairly common in Japan, the feature has never really made it out of the country on any feature phones, and 30 minutes underwater is a fairly significant improvement of the, in high demand, I’m sure, technology. Powered by Google’s Android operating system and featuring a 13 megapixel camera capable of shooting HDR (high dynamic range) video, Sony’s Xperia Z is making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Touting a 5 inch screen, the smartphone can be put in water as deep as 1 meter (3.3 feet). Sony Mobile executive Steve Walker says this phone is perfect for anyone who wants to watch an HD movie while in the bathtub or use their device while in the shower (and really, who doesn’t?). In all fairness, he does point out one useful aspect in that users can rinse it off under the tap if it get dirty.
The Xperia Z also touts 4G LTE connectivity and a 1080 x 1920 pixel HD screen, meaning as long as you don’t mind the plastic seals covering all of the various ports, this can easily been seen as Sony’s best smartphone yet. But with Sony’s finances in the toilet, with a full-year of losses amounting to $5.7 billion announced in May and more money lost in each following quarter, it will take a lot more than one gimmicky smartphone to put the electronics giant back in the spotlight of the tech industry. Even if it is a phone that you can drop in the toilet without worry.