Best Waterproof /Water-Resistant Phones of 2019

Huawei P30 Pro water-resistant phone (Source: Huawei)

IDC estimated that nearly 900,000 smartphones are damaged by liquids every day. However, there is no truly waterproof phone available on the market, even the so-called waterproof ones, which would more accurately be described as water-resistant. But today there are all kinds of water-resistant handsets that won’t give up on a rainy day.

IP67 and IP68 water-resistant phones

As no phone is completely waterproof, there are IP ratings to define different levels of water resistance, two of the most common ratings among smartphones these days are IP67 and IP68. IP67 means full dust resistance and a phone can survive up to 30 minutes in water at a 1m depth; phones rated IP68 guarantee protection in water that’s 2m deep for the same period of time.

If you want to know how water-resistant your phone is, check out the IP rating. But please remember that liquids can cause damage to your phone, so don’t test the limits, or you may have to buy a new one. Note: liquid damage is not covered under warranty for almost all smartphone brands.

Huawei P30 Pro

Water Resistance: Yes; IP68
Display: 6.47-inch OLED
Rear camera: Quad-camera
(40MP f/1.6 OIS (RYYB filter) + 8MP with periscope 135mm f/3.4 OIS lens (5x optical zoom) + 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (16mm) + ToF camera; 4K video capture, 720@960fps slow-mo, Leica branding)
Front camera: 32MP
Release date: March 2019
Price: starting from $645

Huawei P30 and P30 pro camera phone (Soure: Huawei)

The IP68-rated Huawei P30 Pro can survive in up to 2 meter deep water for 30 minutes. This superb phone is definitely one of the best camera phones on the market today, sporting quad-lens rear camera, it can accommodate a variety of perspectives, from shallow depth-of-field portraits to faraway zoom shots and wide-angle panoramas. You can use the splash-proof phone while taking a shower or to capture beautiful moments in the rain.

OnePlus 7T Pro

Water Resistance: NO/Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display: 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED;
Rear camera: Triple-camera
(48 MP, f/1.6, (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.4, 78mm (telephoto), 3x optical zoom, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), AF)
Front camera: Motorized pop-up 16 MP
Release date: October 2019
Price: starting from $780

Android phone OnePlus 7T (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus claims that their phone is water resistant to some degree, despite the fact that it doesn’t have an official IP rating. Alongside the release of the OnePlus 7 series, the phone company even published a video to demonstrate its phone falling into a bucket of water, explaining that “waterproof ratings for phones cost your money”.

From the 90Hz display to the top-tier specs and the lightning-fast OxygenOS over Android 10, the OnePlus 7T Pro is one of the best android flagship phones of the year. It features 6.67 inch Fluid AMOLED Display (90 Hz Refresh Rate), powerful Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 Plus, and rear triple-camera. News comes that a 5G version will come to the market.

To find out if OnePlus phones are “waterproof”, we put its predecessor OnePlus 6 into a glass of coca cola. Check out the video to see how that turned out.

OPPO Reno 2

Water Resistance: NO/Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display: 6.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Rear camera: Quad-camera
(48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
13MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.2″, 1.4µm
2 MP B/W, f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.75µm)
Front camera: Motorized pop-up 16 MP
Release date: September 2019
Price: starting from $420

Just like OnePlus, the OPPO phones also don’t have an official IP rating, but some Youtubers have tested OPPO Reno 2’s water-resistance by submitting the phone to splashing, soaking it in water, bringing it into the shower and the results suggest that the OPPO Reno 2 should have a waterproof rating of 5-6, which is enough for the average user. The OPPO Reno 2 sports waterproof Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and is coated with an oleophobic layer that effectively separates the water droplets.

OPPO Reno 2 Waterproof test (Source: Youtube@Wit Rigs)

OPPO Reno series smartphones have excellent camera performance. The Reno 2 houses a shark fin-like pop-up selfie camera and an updated quadruple camera configuration in the rear. Retailing at around $420, it is a viable option for those who want to have a robust alternative to premium flagships.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Water Resistance: Yes; IP68/Screen protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Display: 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Rear camera: Triple-camera
(12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, Super Steady video)
Front camera: 10 MP + 8MP
Release date: February 2019
Price: starting from $799

IP68 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Source: Samsung)

All of Samsung’s latest flagships sport IP68 rating water resistance, allowing them to stay protected under as much as 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ adopts a cutting-edge design with a gorgeous Infinity Super AMOLED display that takes up the entirety of the phone’s front side and its full-glass display assures its water-resistance to some degree. The Samsung flagship phone has a 6.4-inch display, triple rear camera setup, powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset, and an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Water Resistance: Yes; IP68 /Screen protection: Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Display: 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED capacitive touchscreen
Rear camera: Triple-camera
(12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.0, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm (ultrawide)
Front camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), SL 3D camera
Release date: September 2019
Price: starting from $1099

Waterproof iPhone 11 Pro (Source: Apple)

iPhones are mostly rated as IP67 or IP68, and all the three iPhone 11 models launched in 2019 are rated IP68 under IEC standard. According to Apple, the phones have been tested for splash, dust, and water resistance as follows:

  • iPhone 11: maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes
  • iPhone 11 Pro: maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 minutes
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max: maximum depth of 4 meters up to 30 minutes

iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max feature stunning OLED display, rear triple-camera with impressive Night Mode, industry-leading A13 Bionic processor, solid battery life and fantastic colors. If iPhone or Android phone users want to upgrade their handsets, the new high-end flagships from Apple are worth the splurge.