One of the standout features of some of the smartphone from the Sony Xperia line is the fact that they are waterproof. And whenever they have released a new handset, the Japanese company made sure to include some impressive press pictures showing its new Xperia devices underwater, such as the ones from below.

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Sony’s smartphones have a IP68 certification, which means the device can be used in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes, without being damaged. And judging by the above images, it seems that this is just enough to take some pictures with your friends while submersed.

But it seems that Sony Mobile has now changed its its stance when it comes waterproof Xperia smartphones. Sony Mobile’s support page on water and dust protection has been updated and here’s how Sony’s new policy statement sounds like:

Remember not to use the device in underwater. The IP rating of your device was achieved in laboratory conditions in standby mode, so you should not use the device underwater, such as taking pictures.

So, by saying this, it seems Sony doesn’t want owners to put their devices in real-life situations, something that’s made very clear by the promotional images. Which, in other words, means that Sony doesn’t vouch anymore for the fact that its devices won’t experience consistent damage while under water. Obviously Sony made this iteration trying to prevent thousands of damaged devices that would have to be repaired them under warranty. Sony explains the process of testing like this:

Sony devices that are tested for their waterproof abilities are placed gently inside a container filled with tap water and lowered to a depth of 1.5 m. After 30 minutes in the container, the device is gently taken out and its functions and features are tested.”

Sony mentions on its ‘claims and test results’ page that quite a couple of its devices have the “highest level of waterproofing.” This affirmation alone will make a proud owner to use its device under the water as he pleases, and not exactly ‘gently’.  Sony has made recently another gaffe when it tried to pass off the Xperia Z5 Compact as the Z5 Premium.

Source: XperiaBlog
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