Sony Xperia Devices Claimed to Be Misrepresented as 'Waterproof' in New Lawsuit

Certain Sony Xperia device owners are eligible for a 50% refund because Sony lied about waterproofing

There's a raging trend of smartphones adopting a water resistant body, which makes sense as a "smart" device should be able to withstand the atrocities of Mother Nature.

The fall smartphone season will soon be well underway, and we're now expecting Sony to release two new devices with the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. The Japanese company reportedly advertised its products as "waterproof" and a case has been filed against that very claim.




The new upcoming Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact prices have leaked out in full detail for the United Kingdom customers. This surprising windfall is courtesy of a class action lawsuit against the company. This less than accurate advertising may lead to Sony to pay. The preliminary settlement in class action lawsuit will offer a 50 percent refund of the retail price to USA customers who bought a water-resistant Sony Xperia device and had to file water damage claims. Interestingly, instead of continuing the case, the company has made a decision 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).

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. Firstly, talking about the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, it is believed to come with a 4.6-inch HD 720p display and be powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC which should be further paired with 4GB RAM. Devices not under warranty will receive a six-month extension. Sony will still need to settle with the court again on December 1, 2017, and agree to final terms.

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