Sony Corp (SNE) Not Responsible If Your Phone Caught Flu Underwater


Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) has been releasing waterproof devices since the past few years, and the latest in the series is Xperia Z5. People intending to use this device under water will be highly disappointed to know that the firm has changed its guidelines for the device. Now, it says the device should not be taken underwater, and if anyone tries to do so then he/she voids its warranty.

IP68 rating useless?

Sony launched its Xperia line of phones with waterproofing as the key selling point, showing images of people using their phones underwater. The Z5 model received the highest possible IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, suggesting the device has passed the tests of remaining intact inside fresh water for as long as 30 minutes and in depth of up to 1.5 meters. The tests prove that the device is capable of resisting low-pressure water jet spray for atleast 3 minutes even after getting immersed in water below a minimum 1 meter (3.28 feet).

Now, Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) has changed the language it uses on its website, and the new policy says “The IP rating of your device was achieved in laboratory conditions in standby mode, so you should not use the device underwater.”

The guidelines cover all three Xperia Z5 models, and are available on the company’s official website for the people to read. It says the device should not be completely put underwater, and also warns against exposing the device to chlorinated water, salt water, seawater, or other liquids such as drinks.

Sony Z5 users beware

Sony has not tested the device in every possible scenario, and therefore, it cannot guarantee the users that the handset will not be damaged if it is used for taking photographs while swimming. However, the device still remains one of the best waterproof handsets.

In a blog post, Sony said, “There are… many environmental factors which we could not assess [during testing],” adding “Therefore we recommend not submerging our Xperia Z5 in water.”

It is very much likely that if someone has successfully taken photographs with the device under water without getting it damaged might want to try again, but this can be very risky as the company can refuse to help. Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) can point to the new updated guidelines that clearly warns against taking the device into the water.