Most of the recent waterproof Xperia smartphones and tablets come with the IP68-rating. This 6 translates into a dust-tight device, while the second digit - the 8 - means submersion into deeper than 1 meter clean water for 30 minutes or more.
Before the Sony Xperia Z5 lineup, many of the Xperia phones were advertised with press photos showing taking selfies or group photos underwater with fully submerged devices. Those images indirectly suggested you can actually do those things.
But we know Sony has been reluctant to repair devices with liquid damage. In many cases the company said the damage resulted by some of the plastic caps not being tightly closed and thus the warranty didn't apply.
It turned out supporting waterproof phones is a tricky business and Sony has finally taken care of the problem by altering warranty terms and conditions.
As of recently Sony does not allow full submersion underwater, no matter the kind of water. It says NOT to use any waterproof device for underwater actions, such as taking photos.
Here are some excerpts of the new waterproof conditions:
The rest remains the same - close all covers, if you drop your phone/slate into a pool/salt water rinse it under tap water, and that speakers and mics can stop working for up to 3 hours after water exposure.
Reading further Sony still allows you to use your phone under rain, the shower or in pools where splashes of water are all around. Just not fully submerge it. And in case you do, it will most probably endure.
While some people may have been overly abusive with their waterproof phones, perhaps Sony should take a large part of the blame as it made the IP rating a key selling point for its devices. Now that it has changed its policy many will certainly be disappointed, but it's better to be clear with customers about what they are getting rather than facing issues with after-sales support.
For more information you should definitely visit Sony's support page. And do drop us a line in the comments section, saying whether you'd still be getting a Sony phone if it weren't for all the water fun promises.
you can dry your phone under sun for some time and the sound returns to the normal.
Welll i dunked my sony m4aqua in water just now and funny story my speaker sounds so low if this has ever happened to you how does this get adressed
I have used my z1 compact twice or thrice for underwater filming and everytime afer taking out its speaker sounds quite low and there is a mist gets deposited on camera lens from inside but eventually dries out. and sony Please stop calling your...