Water resistance used to be a unique feature on Sony flagship Xperia smartphones. Today, it’s standard across most new flagship smartphones and that include devices from Apple and even Huawei.
While OnePlus have been pushing the boundary with better specs and different textures, they have been quite reluctant when it comes to water resistance. That’s going to change on their upcoming OnePlus 6 according to its latest teaser.
You’ve seen smartphones touting water resistance, splash resistance and all the other fancy buzzwords that are used to convey one basic message: Your smartphone should survive an unfortunate meeting with water.
But how important is that? Also, what’s the difference between water resistance and plain splash resistance? And, what’s that peculiar code that’s sometimes next to a manufacturers water resistant rating and sometimes not? Well, here’s where you can get your answers
Following the release of the BlackBerry KEYone earlier this year, here comes a new model with the BlackBerry Motion. Essentially this is a full touch-screen version of the KEYone and it is also the first BlackBerry device that comes with water resistance.
If you’ve been hoping that Google‘s upcoming Pixel smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL — would be water resistant like the Galaxy Note7, it looks like you’re out of luck because Android Police believe that the new duo from Google will have almost “no enhanced water resistance at all“.
You know those times when you’ve accidentally dunked your smartphone in water and proceed to charge it shortly after? Nope, us neither. But still, once you’ve made a device water resistant, it doesn’t hurt that you’d prompt your customers that charging is imposible (yes, say it with a Spanish slang) – when it feels that your smartphone is a little on the wet side.
Sony has been a strong advocate for water and dust resistant devices. It started from its rugged Sony Ericsson Xperia Activ back in 2011 and now Sony has been incorporating water resistance on every high-end devices they make since the Xperia Z. They had made their mark by pioneering a flagship devices that can be taken to the swimming pool at anytime.
To highlight the benefits of having a waterproof device, Sony has released an infographic highlighting facts and figures of exposures to wet and rainy conditions including user habits of taking their phones to the bathroom. This illustrates that having a water resistant device is more important than what we imagine and it really gives better peace of mind knowing that your phone can withstand accidental spills, rain exposure or accidental drops into water. Even Samsung has incorporated IP67 rated water and dust resistance on their latest Galaxy S5, which is a sign that water resistance is becoming more of a necessity.
The Sony Xperia Z1, Z2 and Z2 Tablet comes with IP58 dust and water resistant rating which is capable to withstand being submerged under water beyond 1 metre deep for 30 minutes. The first digit in the IP rating indicates its dust resistance while the second digit represents its water resistance level. You can get the full details of IP rating over here.
View out the full infographic after the break.
Samsung tries to make an all weather device on the Samsung Galaxy S5 which comes with dust and water resistance with IP67 rating. This isn’t the first time they released a water resistant device. In our hands, the previous Galaxy S4 Active which is also IP67 rated had failed to work, after being thrown into a pool. We believed this is due to its removable back cover design which has a higher risk of failure if its rubber linings are not sealed properly.
Surprisingly the latest HTC One M8 appears to be water friendly as well and it never boast any water resistant capabilities at all. Sony on the other hand has made its name with water resistant products ranging from its compact Xperia Go, Xperia Z smart phone, Xperia Z Ultra phablet and its Xperia Z2 Tablet.
During the Malaysian Galaxy S5 launch, the guys from Samsung re-emphasise that their device is designed for usage in the shower or outdoors in the rain and not for submerging into water. They are probably more conservative this time around but the IP67 rating actually means that it is actually capable of submerging into water up to 1 metre deep for 30 minutes.
Samsung has never advertised the Galaxy S5 as a pool friendly device but can it live up to the definition of IP67 rating? The guys TechSmartt had tested it in a swimming pool and even a front loading washing machine. Watch the video to see if it survives.
Water resistant phones are becoming more common these days with more high-end phones announced with such capabilities. The CEO of Archos probably didn’t realise the difference between water resistant and waterproof before conducting a live demo of its Quechua 5 smart phone on TV.
The Quechua is a series rugged devices designed for outdoor enthusiast and comes with a IP54 rating. That’s sufficient to withstand all weather conditions such as rain and splashes but it can’t be submerged under water. Looks like the CEO wasn’t aware of its product water resistant capabilities before dunking it in a container filled with water. No prize for guessing what happens after that. Watch the video after the break.