Sony did a wonderful job marketing the waterproof feature of all three versions of the Xperia Z5, but they neglected to market one, very important disclaimer. While the IP68 rating of the Z5 gives it the ability to function underwater, what they didn’t tell us up front is if you use it will actually void the manufacturer’s warranty.
The Sony Xperia Z5 waterproof feature has been advertised by the Japanese manufacturer of functioning and taking some pretty cool underwater pictures. There are many advertisements and pictures marketed by Sony doing the same, but noted in the disclaimer of the warranty information suggest you shouldn’t use it as advertised if you want to maintain the phone’s warranty.
The IP68 certified rating gives the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium both waterproof and dustproof features. It’s said that the phone can be submerged in up to 9’ of water and function as an underwater camera. The pictures that we’ve seen so far are very high quality, but Sony claims that repeated use or submersions for long periods of time can harm the phone itself.
Sony goes on to claim that the testing and marketing that was done were in controlled environments, and should not be used as such for personal use. Uncontrolled environments such as swimming and diving can cause a strain on the phone’s internal components that include damage to hardware and other primary components.
In other words, if you want to use the Sony Xperia Z5 waterproof features you’re taking the all the risk. Accidental spills, drop in a puddle, water splashing, and using the phone with wet hands are all covered within the manufacturer’s warranty, but anything more is not.
The following is what is taken directly from the warranty disclaimer, which is something you’re probably not familiar with:
“You should not put the device completely underwater or expose it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water or liquids such as drinks. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty.”
Tell us what you think below, and does this change your mind about owning or wanting to purchase the Sony Xperia Z5?