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How waterproof is the Sony Xperia™ Z1?

Posted on 5 September 2013

The Sony Xperia™ Z1 is completely waterproof. It's dust proof too. This means you can get shots in the pool, and even under the water. You can get some great shots of spiky hairstyles when you're underwater, trust us! The certification that the Z1 passed to qualify as water and dust proof is IP58 and IP 55. So what does it mean?

The phone is protected in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. Remember, close the covers for the micro USB port, the micro SIM slot and the memory card slot.

So what's all this about IP55 and IP58? This is an international certification testing to measure a device's resistance levels to both dust and water. The first digit, in this case the five, relates to the level of protection offered against solid objects, such as dust. The second number is the level of resistance to water. In this case, the numbers five and eight.

Here is what they stand for:

Resistance to solid objects and dust.

IP0X: No special protection.
IP1X: Protected against solid objects >50 mm in diameter.
IP2X: Protected against solid objects >12.5 mm in diameter.
IP3X: Protected against solid objects >2.5 mm in diameter.
IP4X: Protected against solid objects >1 mm in diameter.
IP5X: Protected against dust; limited ingress (no harmful deposit).
IP6X: Dust tight. Highest rating.

Resistance to water.

IPX0: No special protection.
IPX1: Protected against dripping water.
IPX2: Protected against dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees from normal position.
IPX3: Protected against spraying water.
IPX4: Protected against splashing water.
IPX5: Protected against water jets.
IPX6: Protected against heavy jet spray.
IPX7: Protected against the effects of immersion.
IPX8: Protected against submersion. Highest rating.

The Sony Xperia™ Z1, then, along with the Sony Xperia™ Z Ultra, actually offer the highest level of water protection that's certified. That includes water sprayed by high pressure jets, as well as complete submersion in water. Any dust is also not going to affect your phone either. Take the new range of Sony smartphones anywhere and they'll just keep on going.

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