For a while since Sony dropped the Ericsson brand, they’ve maintained kind of a lackluster presence on the market, however last year, with the big release of waterproof Xperia Z, they surpassed all previous status in the cell phone business. And now, Sony is going further with the Xperia Z1S smartphone that it announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show. First responses by the general public are all very positive, and this could represent a real achievement for Sony, provided that in this model they’ve improved on last year’s model’s battery, which served to lower Sony’s standing on the market.
And like the Xperia Z, Sony’s Xperia Z14 is waterproof, now down to a depth of 4.9 feet of fresh water for up to thirty minutes. The Xperia Z had a rating down to three feet. The Z14 also comes with a physical camera key, which lets you capture stills and videos of all the marine life you see while you’re submerged.
According to Sony, the phone incorporates wet-finger technology to ensure that it will respond properly when either the screen or your fingers are wet. With all the claims of being waterproof, you will still have to make sure your USB and microSD connectors are securely sealed, but you don’t have to worry about the headphone jack, as it’s protected with an inner seal. And on the inside of the phone you’ll find a state-of-the-art Qualcomm quad-core processor, as the earlier model was thought to be underpowered. The 32GB of supplied memory can be enhanced by adding an optional microSD card.
Although it’s biggest feature is being waterproof, it also features come pretty neat camera tricks. One of those tricks is called “background refocus,” which basically means that it allows you to focus on a main subject in the picture while blurring the rest of the picture, or background.
“Info-eye” allows you to search information about whatever you shoot, so say you were to take a picture of a wine bottle label…the phone will search for and bring up a rating for the wine, and also even show suggested foods with which it would be compatible.
If you shoot a business card, the captured information can be saved to directly to your contacts. The phone can also search for data on the landmarks, books, QR codes, bar codes and text that you shoot.
But for some, especially those victims of water-damaged phones, the main selling point of this phone will be the fact that it’s waterproof, and everything else will just be “icing on the cake.”