CES 2014: Sony’s waterproof Xperia Z1S announced

CES 2014 hasn’t even officially started yet but Monday has been an insanely long day for tech news. Capping things off is Sony’s big press conference, during which the company unveiled an updated version of its flagship smartphone that will launch later this month called the Xperia Z1S. Most notably, perhaps, the Z1S has an IP58 water resistance rating, which means it is completely “waterproof” — not just “water-resistant” — and it can be submerged for extended periods of time without issue.

Other key Xperia Z1 specs include a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 3,000mAh battery, a 5-inch full HD “Triluminous” Sony display, a 20.7-megapixel camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

“As a waterproof smartphone complete with the best of Sony’s technology, Xperia Z1s breaks the mold of not only what you can do with a smartphone, but where you can take it,” said Sony’s Ravi Nookala.

The Xperia Z1S hits select markets later this month. There’s no word on when it will come to India.