Xiaomi Founder Lei Jun explains why the company has still not invested in manufacturing water resistant smartphones
Though some smartphone companies now provide water resistance in their phones, Xiaomi is not one of them and still hasn't released a device supporting the feature. Founder Lei Jun says that damage to a handset deteriorates its water resistance and makes it susceptible to further damage when coming in contact with water. He also pointed out that adding water resistance would add to the manufacturing cost and thus to the overall price of the phone.
Jun did confess that water resistance is a feature many users demand but these consumers would need to cough up the extra cost needed to add the functionality. As of now, Xiaomi considering to manufacture a water resistant phone seems distant.
Sony and Samsung are two famous brands touting water resistance in their smartphones. Samsung's flagships Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both sport an IP68 water resistant rating giving them the ability to survive around 30 minutes in 5 feet of water. Considering the amount of smartphones being damaged by water particularly, its high time that brands pay attention and add water resistance as a basic feature in most of their phones, specially because water damage is not even considered by insurance as water damaged phones are particularly hard to repair.
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