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Along with some of the more wacky displays on show in Las Vegas for CES 2013 like a smart fork, OLED TVs and Evernote on a fridge, you also get something really useful a bath-friendly smartphone.

Sony has announced a new smartphone that can be used in the shower or bath without the risk of damage. The new Xperia Z will work under water for up to 30 minutes. Although this water-resistant feature is relatively common in Japan it has not been included in many top-end smartphones released elsewhere.  The Xperia Z can also record HDR video.  Sony says the handset, which has a 5” screen is capable of being submerged in water of up to one metre in depth for 30 minutes. The phone also comes with ‘one-touch’ connectivity that links the phone to a hifi.

The water resistance means that the phone will work in the shower and survive a dunking in the toilet and can be given a quick rinse under a tap if it gets dirty. All very handy as about one in 10 people have dropped their phone down a toilet at some point. The trade-off is that handset’s various ports, including the one for its headphones, all feature protective plastic covers that must be unclipped before they can be accessed.

Other features of the handset are a Micro SD slot, 13 megapixel camera and a 1080p x 1920p high-definition screen that uses technology from the Sony Bravia TV division to enhance video playback.  There is also a NFC chip which is used to start streaming content to Sony’s latest televisions by tapping the handset against their remote controls.

The Xperia Z will be available for pre-order in Britain from early February. Prices have not yet been confirmed.

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