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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2 thoughts on “Wait, What? Sony now Says you Actually Shouldn’t Immerse your Xperia Phone Underwater

  1. Press photos can be photoshopped thus only an idiot would purposefully submerge a cell phone underwater for any amount of time. It’s still just a cell phone.
    If you’re not paying what professionals pay for equipment to film underwater it’s probably not reliable, first commonsense rule, to begin with. Duh! The testing is probably best true for accidental toilet drops where retrieval is asap or pending a flush, not trying to be MacGyver show off of the pool party. Why do you even need to take pictures underwater with no aquatic wildlife to marvel?

    For comparison gullibility: paint isn’t being made with lead anymore, just because this is so do you let your pets & children eat it on purpose anyways thinking “oh well it’s safe bc the toxic lead isn’t in it”?
    Protective services for pets & kids should be called if you can’t answer correctly, & if you have none, get sterilized & never get a pet.

  2. Having personally used a Z1, I can personally vouch for the fact that their waterproofing can be a screw up. I never used to immerse my phone for long apart from the occasional splashes to clean the screen. And since I use a magnetic charger, I never had a reason to open the side ports either. And suddenly the phone vibrator stops working after a water splash some 3 days preceding that. Reason? “Sir, there is excessive water damage through the side ports. You must have made a mistake and left the port open and played with the phone underwater.” I doubt any pressed for cash student would be careless enough to do such wild experimentation with a (then) 40k phone. Worst was they gave a quote of 15k to repair a vibrator for a phone whose price had dropped to 27k by then. Apparently “water damage due to irresponsible usage is not covered by warranty sir”. Needless to say, waterproofing now just sounds like a joke when Sony says it.

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