Xiaomi Founder Explains Why His Phones Aren’t Waterproof And Why There Might Never Be One

Omar Sohail
Posted Jul 2, 2016
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An Android smartphone that features an impressive price/performance can mean one of two things, or both. Either the company intends on selling more units for a higher market exposure while raking in notoriously low profit margins, or there are a few sacrifices that goes in removing some tiny features from such devices. Xiaomi founder, Lei Jun explains that while most flagship smartphones come with an IP68 certification (making them waterproof to a certain depth), the manufacturer is not going to produce waterproof smartphones and these are the reasons why.

Lei Jun Explains That Xiaomi Devices’ Price Range Would Increase Dramatically If They Started Producing Phones That Came With A Waterproof Certification

Xiaomi would eventually lose all of its positive mojo if it started to price its smartphones along the same range as Samsung’s or HTC’s. The company’s trump card lies in keeping smaller profits for selling an abounding number of units and so far, the gamble has played out very well for the manufacturer. However, in producing an affordable smartphone, cost cutting is required and Lei Jun explains that the company’s phones are not waterproof because then they will be forced to increase the price to roughly 20-30 percent higher than its MSRP.

Additionally, he went onto explain that for a smartphone to be waterproof, the device’s internals themselves should not come into contact with any water body. Manufacturers like Samsung and others have started to push out handsets that come with an IP68 certification, but in order to maintain that certification, the internals such as the connectivity ports usually come with a rubber seal in order to prevent water from seeping inside.

XiaomiIf rough use results in the tearing of these rubber seals, you can rest assured that even a minimum amount of contact with water could end up rendering the smartphone useless. Samsung has adopted a better approach; sealing the insides of the device, but leaving them exposed for easy access to the user. However, it’s not like Lei Jun is not interested in producing a waterproof handset in the near future. He just states that if consumers are willing to pay the larger price difference, the company would be compelled to bring in the change.

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