Why doesn't Xiaomi waterproof their smartphones?

Why doesn’t Xiaomi waterproof their smartphones?




Waterproof phones are somewhat becoming common nowadays. Major companies such as Samsung and Sony, have made waterproofing a standard in their flagship series and are hoping that in the near future, all of their products would be fully waterproof. Right now, these company’s flagship phones, the S7 and Xperia Z5, all offer some sort of water-resistance.

Xiaomi known as one of China’s largest private companies and is also ranked as the 5th largest smartphone manufacturer in the world in 2015, has yet to produce a waterproof phone. Why is that?


 

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Lei Jun – the company’s founder, said that a few people asked why isn’t Xiaomi water proofing their phones, and during a company event this 2016, he stated an explanation as to why his company hasn’t offered any waterproof smartphones.

According to him, the issue is both of cost and the durability of the product. He stated that users will most likely spend roughly 20-30% more than what Xiaomi devices cost now, and that even if the phone is waterproof, if it gets damaged (even if it’s just a small crack), it can make the phone’s waterproofing useless.

Xiaomi produces high quality and extremely affordable devices, and a waterproof phone might not be as affordable as one would expect. Though despite Lei Jun’s comments, he said that if users would be willing to pay more for waterproof products, Xiaomi would most likely consider in the future.



This article was written by Pete Deyto. A Tech-Enthusiast of all sorts, he is the Business Development Officer of Veer Technologies and Reality+, and the Corporate Relations Manager of VR Philippines. He is currently taking up B.S. Computer Science at the University of Santo Tomas.

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7 Responses

  1. M says:

    “He stated that users will most likely spend roughly 20-30% more than what Xiaomi devices cost now, and that even if the phone is waterproof, if it gets damaged (even if it’s just a small crack), it can make the phone’s waterproofing useless”

    may point, sabagay, we still buy waterproof cases for our waterproof phones =P

  2. Kaloy says:

    They don’t want to sell an indestructable phone at that cost. Manufacturers want you to buy phones. If the phones don’t get damaged mean lesser sales since no one will buy anymore.

  3. Mark Ang says:

    Hahaha… Exclusive daw sa kanila ang balita.

    • lolz2014 says:

      Puro copy paste at modify lang daw ng konti ang Yugatech. Sayang naman daw kasi ang nosebleed niya nung na-interview niya yung founder ng Xiaomi. Ang hirap daw kaya mag-Intsik!

  4. that editor is Alan from phone arena c’mon guys please respect

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