Sony’s website warns their users against using their Xperia smartphones while underwater.
For some that might come as a surprise, since the company has boasted repeatedly about the waterproof capabilities of their newest Xperia devices in the past. XperiaBlog writes that the smartphone manufacturer is taking additional measures to prevent the bad habit, and has currently updated their website in order to help their customers avoid making the mistake of using their smartphones underwater while at the beach or pool.
When Sony describes their waterproof smartphones and what they are capable of, they always remind their potential customers not to use the phones underwater. Sony’s phones all passed the IP68 rating test, which means that their devices are able to withstand water for long periods of time and remain liquid impermeable for 30 minutes at 1.5 meters.
The company explains that the the IP68 rating of their devices have been achieved in laboratory conditions in containers filled with tap water while the phones are in standby mode. When using the camera underwater, the devices might be exposed to liquid.
Sony added this week a guideline for waterproof basic care. One of the tips is: “Do not use the device to take photos while performing any type of activity underwater, including diving or snorkeling”. Another important thing customers have to take in consideration was: “Do not expose the device to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water or liquids such as fruit drinks, liquid detergent and vinegar”.
Initially, the company issued these warnings for the Xperia Z3. But Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z5, among many other waterproof devices soon joined the list. Because Sony’s warranty does not cover damage caused by abuse or improper use of their customers devices, the phone manufacturer stresses the fact that their smartphones were never intended to be used for diving activities.
If you are one of the lucky owners of a high-end Xperia device, you can probably still use it in wet surroundings for brief periods of time. Sony is discouraging the improper use of their devices, which could lead to the invalidation of their warranty.
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