Waterproof phone are almost everywhere around us, Sony is one of the first to push an IP68 rating as a key feature, but it turns out the company’s own devices may not be as a protected as originally promised.

According to a update to Sony’s support site backtracks on some of those key promises. Spotted by XperiaBlog,  the page now has a warning : “Remember not to use the device underwater.”

XperiaBlog also relieved that “the IP rating of your device was achieved in laboratory conditions in standby mode, so you should not use the device underwater, such as taking pictures.”  

“Sony devices that are tested for their waterproof abilities are placed gently inside a container filled with tap water and lowered to a depth of 1.5 metres. After 30 minutes in the container, the device is gently taken out and its functions and features are tested.”- Sony

This is a big change of for the company. Most of Sony’s Xperia promotional campaigns for its new flagships (up until the Xperia Z3+/Z4) included the phones taking pictures underwater.

So why Sony made that statement ? well, There must be a number of users who have damaged their phone in a pool or similar and tried to get it fixed from Sony under warranty.