The Sony Xperia Z2 is a water-resistant phone, and it may just be more humble than it puts on. One reportedly managed to survive for six weeks on a sea bed more than 10 meters deep. It didn't come out of the deal without a fair bit of damage, but the phone was still able to boot up and make calls.

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Swedish reports speak of a man from Gothenburg who, while water-skiing with a friend on vacation, lost his mobile phone in the water. The Xperia Z2 reportedly sank more than 10 meters to the bottom of the salty sea bed.

The man didn't immediately try to recover his Xperia Z2, but he found that he was able to call the phone once he returned to land. Surprisingly, it still had reception. Six weeks later, a friend in the area went scuba diving and recovered the phone. It had suffered external damage, such as a shattered back screen, but the phone was still ultimately in working order.


Sony maintains that the Xperia Z2 can survive being "under 1.5 m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58." These are still good guidelines to follow, but if you happen to drop the phone in the pool, it might just laugh it off. Others have apparently handled worse.

Sources: Mobil.se, Nyheter24.se

Via: XperiaBlog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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  • Zack Mills

    Very happy with my Z2. I just hope we get Android L in a timely manner.

    • Gerjannn

      So true. I love the design but hate the design of the Sony Apps and stuff. Stamina mode is the best thing ever! Hope Android L will let Sony make more nice apps (or just use the stock apps, please).

      • Ambroos

        Huh? Sony's apps are pretty close to Holo and integrate well with the Android-look in general, in my opinion. Sony's apps (keyboard, SMS, contacts+phone, Album (!!) and Camera) are exactly why I got a Z2 and had a Z1, Z, T, S, Arc S, and Neo before that.

        • joseph carmine nero

          Same here.Got S4 and god i hate touchwiz

          • cellabonez

            +infinity thumbs up

  • Hsanchez957

    Any word on a Z3 release for the US?

    • Woe of [S]unjΔy

      The Z3 hasn't been announced yet but TechnoBuffalo did an article saying that a source informed them that it will be coming to T-Mobile.


      • Hsanchez957

        Cool, that's what I wanted to know. Guess that'll give me time to compare it with the N6 if any more info is released about either by then.

  • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

    Just, WOW.

  • Godspoken

    Put a case on it and no one will ever know.

  • NinoBr0wn

    Very relieving to know that after I've been dead underwater for 1 1/2 months, my phone will be salvageable.

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Zが現れた!

    Bad Decisions that I will Never Make #352: Bring my phone to water-skiing.

  • Leeroy Jenkins


    • Ryan Callihan

      That's no phone! That's a fish! Where are the gills?


  • asda

    No way that the battery could last that long. Don't matter if the screen is off. Fake.

    • verboze

      the article says he called the phone immediately after losing it, not after the six weeks. he could have also charged the phone after recovering it. could be plausible, but either way, i wouldn't want to find out

    • Spasillium

      and where did it say tin the article hat the phone was still on six weeks later? if anything's fake, it's your supposed reading skills.

  • mobilemann

    this is incredible. Kudos to Sony!

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Exactly what everyone needs!

  • El Goog

    Need google edition.

  • Melad360

    why does it say "for up to 30 minutes"? like if it's water resistant up to 1.5m, why can't it stay underwater up to 1.5m for whatever length of time?

    • CoreRooted

      Unless a device is built to be "waterproof" (versus "water resistant"), then the seals will eventually allow water to seep into the device.

  • Roh_Mish

    Didn't knew Z2 had 6+ weeks of battery life!

    • Woe of [S]unjΔy

      The battery was depleted, that is why it needed to be charged after being retrieved. That is what I read at Android Authority.

    • Welfi_1988

      They say he called the phone immediately after returning to land. And it says nowhere that it still had battery when it was retrieved.

  • Kevin

    Not sure this is true, I took my z2 underwater and immediately it lost signal. Not because it was a bad signal area where i was (full 4g) but as soon as it goes underwater I dont believe it can get a signal, mine was only about 0.5m underwater too never mind 10 metres.

    • slacker

      Yeah, my wife's couldn't even survive 6 minutes in 1 meter of freshwater let alone 6 weeks in 10 meters of salt. And it shuts itself off immediately upon being submerged, so I wouldn't go jumping in saltwater with the thing based upon this guy's results. Must just have been one of the few people lucky enough to get one that actually works as advertised. :-

      • Lazer Bear

        I totally missed the " 's" on "wife's", which made your whole post extremely funny. Thanks.