Sony Xperia Z2 spends six weeks in the sea, lives to tell the tale

Sony's Xperia Z2 only went on the sale in the US fairly recently, having launched in other markets some time before. The Android flagship features a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920x1080px) display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 20.7MP camera. 

Pretty tasty specs for plenty of buyers, and the Xperia Z2 has another trick up its sleeve too. In addition to including range-topping features, it also offers IP58 compliance - this indicates that the device complies with approved international standards for 'dust protection' and immersion in water up to roughly three meters deep for extended periods (generally no longer than 30 minutes). 

The Xperia Z2 recently proved that ability in style, after a man dropped his handset into the sea while water-skiing. The Z2 dropped into the water and sank to the seabed at a depth of around ten meters. They tried to call the device a few hours later and found that it was still on and ringing, but far too deep to be able to retrieve safely with the equipment they had.

Six weeks later, a friend of the man went scuba diving in the same spot and managed to find the Xperia Z2 on the seabed, and brought it back to land. The rear glass of the device was shattered, but everything else was intact. After recharging the device, they turned it on and found to their surprise that the phone was working absolutely perfectly, despite its extended saltwater swim. 

Not bad, Sony. Not bad at all. 

Source: Xperia Blog via PocketNow | images via Xperia Blog

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Hmmm, considering that SONY refuse to cover warranty for salted water immersion - they say the guarantee is only for "normal" water....

Sony stuff are made to last. I will buy this one. Bought some crappy smart phone and I thought I got a good one... specs are not that great. This Sony Z2 will be my next purchase.

Orange Battery said,
It's a lovely phone but omg it has the habit of letting your ear press buttons when you are on a call.

so is HTC one and every other phone i have used.
sometime it works perfectly, sometimes it runs wild.

i have not used a phone that does not have this issue (obviously talking about touch screen phones here)

We bought a Z1 for my girlfriend's daughter and it seems like a good line of phones otherwise too! :) If willing to go back a generation or so with flagship Android phones, you get ridiculously much for what you spend.

Yeah, 10m of saltwater is really pushing it, but it's just possible, mostly because modern radios are very sensitive. Source - I'm a physicist.

a1ien said,
Yeah, 10m of saltwater is really pushing it, but it's just possible, mostly because modern radios are very sensitive. Source - I'm a physicist.

What GSM wavelengths can travel through the density of salt water? (Don't feel like you actually have to answer, life is busy for you awesome people of science!)

fantastic.

usually a limit of 30 minutes, means just that. a limit of 30 minutes before serious damage.
also 10 METERS. this is serious. the specs only promise 3 meters.

6 weeks at 10 meters is UNBELIEVABLE.


i might get this phone now, since i wanted waterproof phone, and no one else other then sony and samsung are doing this.

Edited by Earthworm_Jim, Aug 12 2014, 4:54pm :

panacea said,
.... other than sony and samsung are doing this.

Fujitsu had a waterproof WP7 device for Japanese market.
Sony and Samsung are just releasing globally.

panacea said,
usually a limit of 30 minutes, means just that. a limit of 30 minutes before serious damage.
also 10 METERS. this is serious. the specs only promise 3 meters.
6 weeks at 10 meters is UNBELIEVABLE.

More than that: IP68 suits for sweetwater, the salty one can damage the rubber sealants way faster.
Taken Z1 through several showers and swimming - works pretty good.

Zeph3r said,
The Kyocera Hydro series is waterproof.

hmm. terribly outdated phone.

samsung galaxy s4 active runs rounds around it. i did not want an outdated/budget phone.

in fact i think i would rather buy an older iphone with armour case then to resort to this...

panacea said,
samsung galaxy s4 active

IP67, 2600 mAh, TFT screen? Z1 beats him to death, not even speaking about the design side.

Capy said,

IP67, 2600 mAh, TFT screen? Z1 beats him to death, not even speaking about the design side.

not sure what you mean with TFT screen comment, as Z1 also has TFT screen!

also, i previously said i am getting a Z2 (which has IPS instead of tft), and only used s4 as an older example of "rugged" phone vs kyocera...

Edited by Earthworm_Jim, Aug 14 2014, 4:28pm :

panacea said,

hmm. terribly outdated phone.

Not everyone needs a 8 core processor on their phone . . .

And the Hydro series can be gotten for about $75, with quad core and 1.5GB of ram.

Much cheaper than Samsung Active at $400, and no bloatware.