Sony wants you to stop using their waterproof smart phones underwater

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You’ve seen it in their ads and we’ve tested it out ourselves. The waterproof capability of Sony Xperia flagships lets you to take them where no other smart phones have gone before. With its current highest IP68 ingress rating, on paper you shouldn’t have anything to fear as it could withstand being submerged under 1.5 metres of water for up to 30 minutes.

With the release of the Xperia Z5 series, it appears that Sony is taking a step back with its waterproof claims. This is quite unusual especially they have been pushing its “waterproof” claims as a killer unique feature

Under its new waterproof page, the have mentioned the following:

Do you spend time relaxing at the tub after a hard day at work? Watch a movie on your Xperia device. Just make sure you don’t submerge your device in bath water and you wash off those soap suds when you’re done.

Taking photos and movies in wet surroundings. Remember not to use the device underwater. If you accidentally get the device wet with non-fresh water, wash the device with tap water.

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. Do not use the device to take photos while performing any type of activity underwater, including diving or snorkeling.

This is quite surprising considering Sony has been promoting its use underwater including taking photos and videos in the swimming pool. At one point of time, they even introduced a series of apps designed for underwater use. Perhaps Sony is trying to manage customers expectations since they won’t cover damages caused by water in their standard warranty.

To ensure its ready for a splash, all ports must be covered fully but there’s always a risk that some flaps are not covered properly or its protective rubber lining starts to fail after a long period of time. In short, you can use it underwater but it will be your own responsibility if it is damaged as a result.

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Sony isn’t the only one having such policy. When the Galaxy S5 was announced with IP67 water and dust resistance, it was marketed as a splash resistant rather than a submersible device. The same goes with the Apple Watch with its IPX7 rating but they are against any use under water.

Will this deter you from getting a “waterproof” Sony Xperia device? Let us know in the comments below. If you haven’t seen it, check out our Sony Xperia Z underwater video below.

Sony Xperia ads promoting use underwater

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Alexander Wong