Sony says you shouldn't use the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact underwater, despite them being water-resistant

Sony says you shouldn't use the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact underwater, despite them being water-resistant

Earlier today, Sony announced two new high-end, dust- and water-resistant phones: Xperia XZ1 (pictured above) and Xperia XZ1 Compact. Even though both handsets are IP68-certified (which normally means they should survive underwater for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5 meters), Sony says you "should not put" any of the two phones "completely underwater."

Here's exactly what Sony states about the water resistance of the Xperia XZ1 in a footnote on its official website (also valid for the Compact):


So, there you go. While the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact could very well survive being underwater for some time, it's probably better not to test that. This is (likely) because IP certifications are given following tests made in controlled laboratory environments - which may differ from, you know, real life.

Mind you, Sony says exactly the same thing about some of its previous water-resistant Xperia phones (including the Xperia XZ Premium): you shouldn't put them completely underwater. Thus, this isn't a recent change of policy, and yet we still thought customers needed to know, because not everyone reads all the footnotes.

In case you're wondering, manufacturers like Samsung and LG do not have cautions like this one when it comes to their water-resistant phones (including the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, V30, and G6). According to them, it's safe to use the handsets underwater up to 1.5 meters for no more than 30 minutes.


sources: Sony Xperia XZ1, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

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Xperia XZ1
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20.17h 3G talk time)
Xperia XZ1 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20.33h 3G talk time)

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16 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3083; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I look forward to the day when Sony decides to change the design of their phones. It's getting long in the tooth already.

2. pecapello

Posts: 101; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Yes, it feels like the same thing all over again... not inspiring at all...

4. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 72; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I was expecting you to say you looked forward to the day Sony stopped making phones in General.. That's would have made my evening

8. Feanor

Posts: 1266; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Sony is one of the few Android manufacturers that despite extremely low sales, they actually make a bit of money with their phone business. Also they are big contributors to Android AOSP, which benefits all other Android partners. While Samsung is constantly at odds with Android, essentially ignoring it's Material Design principles and confusing app developers in the process as to which design they should adhere to, Sony is offering consistent Android interface design and fast updates. Why exactly you would like Sony to stop making phones, despite all that, is not quite clear to me...

12. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

every iteration is different. they're small changes though.

14. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I had a feeling XZ1 premium will be bezeless on sides. XA1 plus already done it with fingerprint scanner. they are just reserving it for MWC 2018

15. middleup

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I just hope XZ1 premium(If they ever make one) will be bezeless on sides AND extremely narrowed top/bottom bezel. Everyone expected this to happen on XZ1 but sadly...

3. Xavier1415

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Just give it up Sony sell your phone division

9. Djz89

Posts: 418; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Why? They atleast don't loose money like LG.

5. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

f**k the hate boner here is veiny and gross.

6. Alter

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

“Samsung and LG do not have cautions like this one when it comes to their water-resistant phones (including the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, V30, and G6). According to them, it's safe to use the handsets underwater up to 1.5 meters for no more than 30 minutes.” What about their warranties? Do they cover water damage?

13. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

warranties don't cover damage. they cover defects

7. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Other OEMs are not recommending the use of smartphones in swimming pools and sea water .. Please check it out

10. Nibbler1

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

They did that because people are stupid and do all the s**t they supposed not to do. How the f**k should Samsung know if my phone was 30 minutes under water or 50. Samsung is known for their poor warranty obligations, so I assume they will find any excuse not to repair the phone + their phones look cheap, on photos they look ok, but in person they look and feel cheap, like they are made of plastic. My phone is Galaxy S7 so I know what I am saying and the finger print scanner and software are just a joke. So know you have it, everyone has flaws

11. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Dammit! I mistakenly thumbed you up. I wish I could take it back. I have a J5 Prime, and that thing performs like a Champ! Go grab your ass a sit.

16. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Sony is just Sony.

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