Sony says the handset can survive being dropped in a toilet (which apparently happens to one in ten phones) and if it gets dirty, can be washed under a tap. It’s capable of being submerged in water of up to one metre for 30 minutes, reports the Daily Mail.

However, because of the phone’s resistance to water, it’s various ports, including the one for its headphones, all feature protective plastic covers that must be unclipped before they can be accessed.

The Xperia Z was unveiled at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas yesterday, and Sony hope the waterproof design will help it take on the iPhone.

‘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.

‘By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.

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