It’s Now Official: Sony Xperia Devices Aren’t Fully Waterproof, Clarified

Then how much “waterproof” Sony’s Xperia smartphones are in real? That’s what Sony wants to unsure as. Most of the recent waterproof Xperia devices and slates come with IP68-rating, which 6 translates into a dust-tight device, while the second digit ‘8’ means submersion into deeper than 1 meter clean water for 30 minutes or more. Details on this topic can be check right after this jump.

Most of the Sony Xperia smartphone are dust and waterproof till today, and was well advertised and now well-known to consumers. This was the major reason why consumers look at buying Xperia smartphones, hoping to capture underwater photographs for instance. But the company’s support website seems to be warning its customers about the water-resistance feature of Xperia smartphones by releasing some basic guidlines.

It was not today, but before the Sony Xperia Z5 lineup, many of the similar series of phones were showcased with press photos showing taking Selfies or group photos underwater with fully submerged devices, which nevertheless indirectly suggested you can actually do those things. But in reality, it doesn’t make sense.

Remind you about Sony has been relucent to repair devices with liquid damage. In many cases the company said thedamage resukted by some of the plastic caps not being tightly clsed and thus the warranty didn’t apply. Later, the Japanese electronics has finally taken care of the problem by altering warranty terms and conditions.

Sony is claer about the fact that Xperia phones labled as water-proof are completely protected while “singing in the rain and watching movies in the tub” or else suing it with wet fingers and in dusty environments. The company has now categorically advised customers “not to use the device underwater“, no matter the kind of water. It says NOT to use any waterproof device for underwater actions, such as taking photos. Why?


Here are some excerpts of the new waterproof conditions:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sony devices that are tested for their waterproof abilities are placed gently inside a container filled with tap water and lowered to a depth of 1.5 metres. After 30 minutes in the container, the device is gently taken out and its functions and features are tested.

The support website states, “If you accidentally get the device wet with non-fresh water, wash the device with tap water.” Sony’s marketing campaigns never mentioned of such restrictions before. Alos mentioned, Sony tries to educate consumers about IP ratings elaborately.



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. 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, though.