Sony to pay Xperia owners over waterproof claims

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A few Sony Xperia user's smartphones didn't stand up to its promises under normal under water usage conditions.

Sony is being hit with a class action lawsuit over some devices that were claimed to be waterproof.

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The last date for filing a claim is 30 January, 2018.

What does that mean to us: It looks like Sony has done some unethical thing to procure water resistance rating, as the devices are not holding well against the same. More importantly, the users of mentioned Xperia devices should have already tried to get warranty service for their water affected devices. This means that the phone can resist a quick drop in the bucket.

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Sony used to make a big deal of its phones and tablets being waterproof - long before flagship handsets from the likes of Samsung and Apple were touting their resistant credentials, Sony was pushing it hard. The issue came up when the advertisements made people take their phones under water to click pictures. Interestingly, instead of continuing the case, the company has chose to reach a settlement where affected owners of Sony mobiles and tablets be rewarded with up to 50 percent of the MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price).

The lawsuit alleges that the devices in question were "deceptively advertised as waterproof". This amount can go upto $300. Devices still under warranty will receive a one-year extension. If the settlement is approved, Sony will be offering 50% refund over the recommended retail price of the particular devices along with extended warranty for the affected devices. Sony has denied these allegations of false advertising and will be settling with the court again on December 1 for final terms, as pointed out in a report by The Verge.

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