Sony's Xperia Z Smartphone Isn't Afraid of a Little Water

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Let's say you're out playing golf and you shank the shot so badly, you end up near a pond. You walk over, whip out your smartphone to snap a pic for Facebook, and then...oops! That slippery sucker jumps right out of your hand and dives into the drink. You then fish out your phone, but it's dripping water and appears dead. What a day!

That's just one of many ways you can get a smartphone wet, and it's not necessarily the end of the world (or your phone). Try sticking it in a bag of uncooked rice for at least 24 hours. Or just wipe it down and resume playing golf, which is entirely possible with Sony's newly announced Xperia Z handset.

Sony Xperia Z

The Xperia Z ascends rank as Sony's flagship Android smartphone, and among other things, it's both dust and water resistant with a double glass display. That doesn't mean you can take it snorkeling or deep sea diving, but a little bit of water isn't going to ruin your day, provided all ports and covers are firmly closed.

It's also a comparatively sturdy phone with tempered glass and an anti-shatter film on the front and back. Sounds like just the device for clumsy folk.

Xperia Z Phones

As for the specifications, the Xperia Z wields a 5-inch Full HD 1080p "Reality Display," 1.5GHz quad-core SnapDragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE radio, 13MP rear-facing camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (with a promised upgraded to Android 4.2 shortly after launch), among other features. Fully loaded, in other words.

"With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out," said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications. "With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before."

Sony also promises longer battery life via "Battery STAMINA Mode." What this does is turn off battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and then fires them up again when the screen is back on. This little trick results in up to four times (or more) of standby time, Sony claims.

The Xperia Z will launch in the first quarter of this year.
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sevags replied on Tue, Jan 8 2013 2:25 PM

I have to say that this is the very first android phone that I have ever considered attractive! It is a sexy phone! I never broke the glad on the back of my iphone4 so I'm sure I'll her break this though I would still have it in a case. It is gorgeous in its simplicity, and waterproof to boot?! No more worrying about rain, pool water splashing, dropping it in a toilet (not that I would ever put it up against my ear again), beach, being on a boat.... HE'LL I might even pick up important calls in he shower!!!!!

+1 Sony. I hope his becomes standard on all Mobile devices.

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I think that more than a few phones get dropped into toilets.

If this can withstand a murky plunge than it's good. Smile

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Jan 8 2013 8:04 PM

I have a friend who's done it 3 times now. lol

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sevags replied on Wed, Jan 9 2013 12:39 AM

I actually know a LOT of girls who have dropped their blackberry's and iphones into the toilet! I mean a LOT! They set their phones down on their sink counters next to the toilet while getting "ready" and end up shoving off into the toilet. Always while rushing of course.

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