Mobile phone technology has evolved to the extent of using wireless chargers and becoming a water resistant device and much more is likely to come. Gesture search, voice typing has become a perk instead of being a need. While others are busy with coming up with other developments in their upcoming flagship devices few are mostly focused in giving an edge of durability to their devices. Durability and ruggedness seems to be the motto for them.
Sony has came up with series of waterproof and dust resistant devices protected by Gorilla Glasses and others like Nokia prefer divulging themselves to get the best camera in their device.
Mobile manufacturers are now trying to catch up with the needs of the people and plan the making of the device according to the lifestyle of an individual. This has actually worked. People who like adventure sports may have the benefit of the device with dust and water resistance, scratchproof body and display while other who like taking pictures may now go to the beach and take pictures from the shallow water itself without being afraid of damaging their phones with water.
A wide range of med-range to high-end smartphones were announced recently that offers the best of devices with utmost durability and ruggedness. Waterproof, dust resistant and scratch proof actually adds to the durability of the smartphones.
To name the devices with waterproof capability there is Pantone 5 107SH from Softbank, Aquos phone Serie ISW16SH by Sharp, Hydro Android smartphone by Kyocera and Eluga by Panasonic.
However, GizBot has lined up a few more smartphones with the waterproof capability and are recently announced. These are: Sony Xperia Z, HTC Butterfly, Sony Xperia ZR, Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.
Here is a brief rundown on the specs of the latest top 5 waterproof smartphones
Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z runs on Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) and sports a 5-inch HD display that offers 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5GHz processor and backed by 2GB RAM. The dust and water resistant phone comes with a staggering 13 megapixel rear camera and 3.2 mega pixel front camera. Xperia Z is powered by 2330 mAh Li-Ion battery. Sony Xperia Z has 16 GB of internal memory expandable upto 32 GB. Furthermore, the waterproof handset comes with IP55/57 certifications making it water proof and dust resistant. By waterproof it means that the handset can be submerged into 1 meter water. Xperia Z is priced at Rs. 37,990 on Flipkart.
HTC Butterfly sports a 5-inch Super LCD 3 capacitive touch screen and runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core 1.5 Ghz processor. The device is supported by 2GB RAM. It sports an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. In addition, it has 16 GB of memory storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB. The device is powered by 2020 mAh Li-Polymer battery. The smartphone si priced at Rs. 42,090 on Flipkart. Along with being water resistant, the HTC Butterfly comes with sensors galore to enable users to experience a phone that is truly smart.
Sony Xperia ZR
Sony Xperia ZR features the highest level of water-resistance and can capture photos and full-HD videos underwater, with IP55/ IP58 rating. One can keep it submerged in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. The phone has a 4.6-inches HD reality display sporting a resolution of 720x1280 pixels.
Powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, the Xperia ZR has 2GB of RAM and internal storage of 8GB expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It sports a 13-megapixel fast-capture camera with Exmor RS featuring 16x digital zoom with auto-focus and a VGA front facing camera. It has a dedicated hardware button for the camera, and allows using it even when the screen is locked. The device is powered by Li-Ion 2300 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
The smartphone sports a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with scratch proof display offering a resolution of 480x800 pixel. Galaxy Xcover 2 runs on Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) and the device can be kept under 1 meter water for at least 30 minutes. The phone carries 5 Mega Pixel Rear camera and a VGA front camera. The device is powered by Cortex-A9 dual-core 1GHz processor and backed by 1GB RAM and has a 4GB in-built memory which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The device is powered by Li-Ion 1700 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Galaxy S4 Active is a another Samsung's Flagship with a waterproof capability. It is powered by a quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 processor which is supported by 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), it comes with a 5-inch display which features a full HD resolution of 1920X1080 pixels and 443 PPI. The display in the S4 Active is a TFT LCD display.
The phone boasts 16GB of built-in storage which can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. Matching the S4, the Active has an 8 megapixel primary camera (on the back) with an LED flash and a 2 megapixel front camera for video calls. This device can take clear underwater images as it features ‘'Aqua Mode'' option in the camera that increases the visual quality inside water. The device is yet to come soon.