Sony faces lawsuit for exploiting worldwide water resistance ratings

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

The court recently approved the class action lawsuit against Sony.

If you are a Sony Xperia smartphone or tablet user, you may be eligible for a $300 reimbursement. The phones are not waterproof but only water-resistant because there have been reports of them being destroyed after some time underwater. Hit the source link for more info about the class action lawsuit and sign up by January 30, 2018 if you're eligible. While, there are not many takers for Xperia devices in the U.S., but if you are one of them, you may get back upto $300. The issue came up when the advertisements made people take their phones under water to click pictures. The lawsuit against Sony claims that the mobile devices from the company have been misrepresented as "waterproof" but are not designed for or capable of ordinary underwater use. This less than accurate advertising may lead to Sony to pay.

A United States federal court in NY on Friday preliminarily approved a nationwide class action settlement against Sony regarding waterproof capabilities offered by certain Xperia smartphones and tablets. If your phone says that, the device features rating for water resistance, don't use it in water as it tampers the warranty. Devices not under warranty will receive a six-month extension. If you may remember, the old Xperia Z1 was decided not be marketed in South Africa as waterproof.

However, The Verge notes that "this may not be the final value the company is liable to refund", as Sony will still need to settle with the court again on 1 December and agree on final terms.

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