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Not so water resistant after all

Sony has run into a significant issue with its water-resistant Xperia Tablet that went on sale about a month ago. The problem is that the tablet has a manufacturing defect that makes it susceptible to water damage. Sony reports that it has discovered a manufacturing flaw in its tablet that causes a gap between the tablet's display and the case of the tablet. 
The gap is significant enough to allow water to get inside the tablet that was marketed as being water resistant. Sony says the manufacturing defect originated at the Chinese plant where the tablet is assembled. Until the manufacturing defect can be corrected, Sony has pulled the tablet off the market.
The electronics retailer isn't offering any estimates on when the tablet will return to the market. Sony notes that it has shipped around 100,000 of the devices so far and promises to fix any tablets sold. Sony also notes that the cost of the recall and repairs won't have a significant impact on earnings.
The tablet surfaced in leaked slides in early August and runs the Android operating system. The tablet is offered in three different storage capacities with pricing ranging from $400 up to $600.

Sony has offered no details for owners of the tablet on what to do to get their device repaired at this time.

Source: Reuters

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To be specific...
By d33pblue on 10/5/2012 9:09:38 AM , Rating: 2
Water-resistant does not mean water-proof. That said, judging from the response here, this does seem to be a manufacturing defect.

Regardless, anything "water resistant" is actually susceptible to water damage, just less so than something which is not water-resistant.

RE: To be specific...
By Nortel on 10/5/2012 9:50:41 AM , Rating: 5
Its water resistant until it comes in contact with water.

RE: To be specific...
By GulWestfale on 10/5/12, Rating: -1
RE: To be specific...
By GulWestfale on 10/5/2012 10:50:39 AM , Rating: 3
then they would have sued the GAP for stealing their patented name.

RE: To be specific...
By NellyFromMA on 10/5/2012 11:27:04 AM , Rating: 2
Hahaha its definitely magical when your tablet shorts out while submersed in water and suddenly you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

RE: To be specific...
By Jeffk464 on 10/5/2012 8:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Why not just re-label it water mist resistant?

RE: To be specific...
By Jeffk464 on 10/5/2012 8:34:08 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously though there is a market for things like cameras that you can use in the rain, but not dunk under water.

RE: To be specific...
By alcalde on 10/9/2012 7:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know who, but I once saw a comedian talking about going to buy a watch. He asked the clerk if it was waterproof. He was told, no, it was water RESISTANT. He asked, "What does that mean? It still breaks, but it puts up a heck of a fight first?"

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