Great news for everyone – except perhaps mobile phone insurance companies – Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone.
The Xperia Z can be submerged in three feet of water for up to half an hour without damage.
Its makers say it can be dropped in the bath, in puddles – or even taken into the shower.
Other phones such as iPhone are easily damaged by water and impacts. Sony’s Xperia Z is covered in tempered glass and anti-shatter film to prevent breakages, but is just 7.9mm thick.
The gadget was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and follows this year’s trend for large phone screens with a five-inch Full HD display.
The phone also offers an extremely high-resolution camera – 13 megapixels, far sharper than iPhone 5’s eight megapixel camera.
The Android handset also has an app built-in which extends battery life by shutting down non-essential applications.
Sony claims that the app can extend battery life by up to four times.
The handset also offers a super-fast 4G connection, and a five-inch Full HD 1080p screen.
Sony also offers a built-in music app, Unlimited, which offers access to 18 million songs.
“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications.
“With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market.”