Waterproof entry- and mid-range smartphones coming by 2015?

Sony Xperia Z

Sony kicked off the water-resistant smartphone trend back in early 2013 with the Xperia Z. Its flagship devices, including the recently launched Xperia Z2, have been water-resistant since then. Other manufacturers have since slowly been adding this capability to their smartphones. Samsung jumped on the bandwagon with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and others, including LG with the LG G3, are expected to follow suit. A Digitimes report now suggests that some entry and mid-range smartphones will soon be dust- and water-resistant as well.

According to unnamed supply chain sources, a number of manufacturers are looking to incorporate their feature in devices selling for under US$300. The list of companies interested in doing so includes Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola Mobility, Lenovo and K-Touch. For its part, Sony is working with component suppliers likely in a bid to reduce the price of components required to make waterproof devices to make it easier to hit the desired price points.

Smartphones have become integral tools in our daily lives. Making them waterproof or at least water-resistant makes them better at putting up with common events such as rain, being spilled on or even falling into the toilet (not that this has happened to anyone, right?).

Is having a water-resistant smartphone a must for you now or is still a nice-to-have? Let us know below.

Source : Digitimes