If it is an advertisement of Sony Xperia smartphones, chances are that the ad mainly focus on the waterproof feature of the device. Sony is marketing its Xperia devices as water proof from quite a time now. Although the phones come with the IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, which means the devices can be used for 30 minutes 1.5m under water, Sony is now telling users not to use them underwater.
This new policy change by the mobile manufacturer was first seen for Xperia Z3+ and Z4, Now the Sony website has done the same with its flagship smartphone Z5.
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“Moving or operating the device while it is submerged is not tested during the laboratory tests,” the comment reads. “There are also many environmental factors which we could not assess (e.g. Water movement or water pressure changes during the movement), if a device is used underwater. Therefore we recommend not submerge our Xperia Z5 in water.”
While Sony hasn’t commented anything about the reason behind the policy change, the reason most probably would be a large number of warranty claims. People usually take their devices deeper than 1.5 meters underwater as the advertisements also show recreational use of device on beaches, scuba diving etc.
According to Sony, the reason you can’t use them underwater is that the devices were tested in ‘lab settings’. As normal people don’t usually have the ‘lab settings’, their devices tend to go kaput.
So this means if you’re buying a Sony Xperia Z5, you should keep in mind the fact that although the phone will be fine in the rain and even underwater, you should use it gently as the manufacturer will not cover it in warranty.
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