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This is why Sony started the waterproof mobile phone trend

Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet Waterproof Rating

Sony surprised customers last year by launching the first high-end waterproof Android devices, convincing rivals to consider similar handsets and tablets of their own. Following the first Xperia Z models, Sony came out with more waterproof smartphones and tablets, including the recently launched Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. To better explain why it decided to make waterproof smartphones and tablet, Sony released a handy infographic filled with mostly water-related facts.

The company says that “every year more than 250,000 people search Google for information about water damaged phones,” and that the Xperia Z2 devices are waterproof “for 365 days of the year,” which extremely convenient in regions of the world where it may rain for prolonged periods of time.

In the infographic, Sony also explains what the IP58 rating of the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet stands for. “A device’s IP (Ingress Protection) rating tells you how resistant it is to water and dust,” the company writes. “The first digit in the two-digit IP rating (Ingress Protection) indicates the level of protection against solid objects, including dust. The second digit indicates how resistant the device is to water. The higher the numbers, the higher the respective protection.”

The IP58 rating for Sony’s latest Android devices reveals that they’re protected against dust and against water submersion for up to 30 minutes.

The full infographic follows below.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.