Monsoons are right around the corner and before you start planning a short trip to the mountains, bathing in the lush green of nature, or trying to share pictures on social media; please remind yourself that not all smartphones are water or splash resistant. One of the major flaws with smartphones, after their fragile displays, is indeed their moisture fighting capacity. But thanks to some thoughtful manufacturers there are some smartphones which have the ability to survive the elements. Also Read - iPhone 7 at Rs 23,999 on Amazon is a bad BAD purchase in 2020Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users facing GPS issues
The IP or Ingress Protection ratings are used to gauge and define the levels of sealing effectiveness against intrusion from dirt or moisture. In the IP rating, the first digit stands for resistance to dust while the second stands for water resistance. With the improved IP68 ratings, a device is not only water resistant but can be underwater for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5 meters . Here’s a list of smartphones which would help lessen your monsoon woes with their water resistant capacities. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S8 series gets a new software update with June 2020 security patch
Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones have an improved IP68 rating making them resistant to water and dust. With the IP68 rating for both the models, the Infinity Displays will be protected against water damage and you can freely capture the raindrops in all their glory with the 12-megapixel Dual Pixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and fast auto-focus. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 camera review: A closer look at the front and rear camera on the newest flagship out there
Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
Apple is quick to glorify features which are ‘new’ for iPhones and thus, when it launched its iPhone 7 lineup, it described them as the first ‘water-resistant’smartphones. So much so, that the company later released the ‘Dive ad’ stressing on the water/ splash resistant capabilities. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus review roundup
Also the world’s first rugged smartphone to feature an in-built thermal camera, the CAT S60 has an IP68 rating. Given that it is by construction a rugged smartphone, you needn’t worry about it getting damaged by either accidental drops or unannounced rains.
Moto G4 Plus
Motorola has a lot of smartphones in its portfolio which boast water-resistant capabilities. The Moto G4 Plus doesn’t have an IP rating, but it features water repellent nano coating which protects it from water damage to an extent. You can’t submerge the Moto G4 Plus in water, but light drizzles and an accidental splash of water can do it no harm. ALSO READ: The curious case of missing water resistance from Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
One of the latest smartphones to boast water-resistant capabilities, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has IP68 rating. It is not the first phone to come from Sony’s portfolio to boast such capabilities. The Sony Xperia Z was popularized as the first ‘waterproof’ smartphone. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi 6 to OnePlus 5: 5 Snapdragon 835 smartphones likely to launch in India
Another Motorola phone to make it to the list is the Moto M. Similar to the G4, the Moto M doesn’t have any IP rating and instead has a water repellant nano-coating to protect against light splash or rains. Although there is no certificate to subside your worries, the coating does help keep some of the rain-related worries at bay.
Moto G5, G5 Plus
One of the best smartphones in the sub-Rs 15,000 category, the Moto G5 and G5 Plus both get a water repellent nano-coating as seen on previous Moto phones. While it will survive the impromptu splash, you need to be cautious with it as it is not fully protected against submersion. ALSO READ: Moto G5 Plus Review
Another flagship smartphone, the LG G6 gets an IP68 rating for protection against the water and dust. In addition to that, LG claims the G6 has passed 810G military standard testing which includes temperature and environmental extremes, pressure, vibration, and shock, as well as salt, sand, dust, and water immersion. ALSO READ: LG G6 review: The flagship smartphone that you deserved, a year ago!
Sony Xperia XZs
With an IP65/68 rating, the Sony Xperia XZs is absolutely worth taking out for a splash. To add to the charm, the smartphone features a 19-megapixel camera with 960 fps super slow motion videos recording capacity, so you can totally capture the mesmerizing rains in their glory. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZs Review: Can this premium camera phone win back customers for Sony?
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