List Of Waterproof Smartphones 2017/2018

List Of Waterproof Smartphones 2017/2018


Looking for a smartphone to take to beach and pool parties? Rugged and waterproof smartphones are ideally more durable compared to conventional models, and are more likely to protect your phone from short-circuits due to water submersion.

Don't just look at the names, though, as many smartphones claim to be waterproof with tags associated to water bodies. A true waterproof devices is tested, and then rated by third party organizations in two ways. Ingress Protection (IP) tests assess the level of protection that a device has when exposed to water or dust -- an IP rating of 8 means that the device is fully submersible underwater for long periods of time. On the other hand, Military Specifications and Standards (MIL-STD) test the performance of devices under certain scenarios. Our list includes high-end waterproofed Xperias from Sony, some compact water-resistant basic models like the Samsung Solid, as well as the Land Rover A8 from rugged manufacturer, Sonim.

Listed here are basic phones and waterproof smartphones with a rugged rating in either the IP or MIL-STD format. Additionally, they are all particularly described as waterproof by their respective manufacturers.



The List:

iPhone X

iPhone X

The iPhone X is a face detection-boasting smartphone that champions its 5.8-inch (almost) all-screen OLED display on top of a revamped TrueDepth 7-megapixel front camera, an all-glass and stainless steel finish, and a Bionic A11 chip that, as Apple claims, enhances the phone's security and usability.
  • Rugged rating: Splash, Water, and Dust-resistant, IP67-rated (IEC standard 60529)
  • Includes:
      EarPods with lightning connector
BlackBerry Motion

BlackBerry Motion

The BlackBerry Motion is one of BlackBerry's fastest Android phones (as of 2017), running on a Snapdragon 625 eight-core 2GHz processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (dust- and water-resistant)


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HTC U11 Plus

HTC U11 Plus

The HTC U11 Plus resembles many ultra-high-end 2017 smartphones with its hardware setup, comprising a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 eight-core processor and a 6GB maximum RAM capacity.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dustproof)
  • Includes:
      HTC U11+ Clear Shield
HTC U11 Life

HTC U11 Life

The U11 Life is a slight downgrade over HTC's U11 smartphone that still hits some high-end marks, with two 16-megapixel cameras (front and back), a 64GB max internal memory expandable by up to 2TB, and HTC's Edge Sense squeeze-sensing technology on board.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (water protection)
Plum Gator 4

Plum Gator 4

The Plum Gator 4 disappoints us with its 1GB-only RAM, which is surprisingly-low for a phone with 5000mAh's worth of power to play with.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (resistant to water, shocks, and dust)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is one of the earliest phones to feature an AI processor: the Kirin 970 2.36GHz + 1.8GHz eight-core chip aided by a Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) and an i7 co-processor.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Eject tool
    • Flexible Clear Case
    • USB-C earphones
    • USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
LG V30 Plus

LG V30 Plus

The V30 Plus is a 6-inch FullVision display-toting phablet that boasts dual 16MP + 13MP rear cameras, a 2.45GHz maximum clock speed, and a sleek 0.29-inch glass body, all of which are countered with less-attractive specs, such as a 5-megapixel front camera and a relatively-small 3300mAh battery.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 dust- and water-resistant, Shock-resistant with pr
  • Includes:
      QuadPlay earbuds
Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2

The Google Pixel 2 safely passes high-end benchmarks hardware-wise with its 2.35GHz + 1.9GHz Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB LPDDR4x RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Quick Switch Adapter
    • USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter
Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

The Google Pixel 2 XL brings back its smaller siblings high-end Snapdragon 835 split-eight-core CPU (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz), 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, and Adreno 540 graphics chip.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Quick Switch Adapter
    • USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter
Motorola Moto X4

Motorola Moto X4

The Motorola Moto X4 lines up with many other high-end models from Motorola with its 2.2GHz eight-core processor, Adreno 508 graphics engine, and 3GB RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water-resistant)
iPhone 8

iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 is an upgrade (as opposed to an overhaul) of the iPhone 7, packing a mostly-glass design, a new A11 Bionic chip, a 240fps slow-motion video-recording ability, and an improved color gamut and tone accuracy on its display, which has retained its predecessor's weak-sounding size and resolution (4.7 inches and 1334 x 750 pixels).
  • Rugged rating: Splash, Water, and Dust-resistant, IP67 rating (IEC standard 60529)
  • Includes:
      EarPods with Lightning Connector
iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus updates the iPhone 7 Plus's hardware, this time boasting an A11 Bionic chip accompanied by an embedded M11 motion coprocessor and a dedicated neural engine.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • EarPods with Lightning Connector
    • Lightning to 35mm headphone jack adapter
    • Lightning to USB cable
Cat S31

Cat S31

The S31 is this bulky rugged smartphone is ready for treks and fishing trips, equipped with a 4000mAh battery as well as a body boasting IP68 (waterproof) and MIL-SPEC 810G (drop-ready) rugged ratings.
  • Rugged rating: MIL-SPEC 810G (shock/drop-proof), IP68 (water- and dust-proof), Category 4 vibration, 1.8m (6ft) drop test
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact mirrors its base model hardware-wise, running on a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 eight-core engine with 4GB of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68/65 (water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH24
    • Stereo Headset STH32
    • Style Cover Stand SCSG60
Cat S41

Cat S41

The Cat S41 runs on a high-end 2.3GHz eight-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, which we do not often see on hulking rugged Android phones like itself.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof up to 2 meters for 60 mins), 1.8-meter concrete drop test, MIL-SPEC 810G (shock and drop-proof, resistant to salt fog, sand, dust, dirt, vibration, and pressure), Category 4 Vibration
Sony Xperia XZ1

Sony Xperia XZ1

The Sony Xperia XZ1 etches itself on the premium-class map with a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 eight-core processor and a 4GB RAM running things from under the hood.
  • Rugged rating: IP68/65 (water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH24
    • Style Cover Stand SCSG50
    • Style Cover Touch SCTG50
LG V30

LG V30

The LG V30 reminds us of several other flagship-level Androids with its quad-core 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB LPDDR4x RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water-resistant and dust-proof), MIL-STD 810G
  • Includes:
      B&O PLAY stereo headphone
Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung Galaxy Note8

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 ably supports its high-tech screen with an octa-core 10nm 64-bit processor reaching a 2.35GHz maximum clock speed, 6GB's worth of RAM, and the Vulkan API (mainly for gaming).
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water-resistant and dustproof)
  • Includes:
    • 2-way Dynamic Unit)
    • Case
    • Ejection pin
    • Pen nibs
    • Pure sound By AKG (Hybrid canal type
    • Tweezer
Motorola G5S Plus

Motorola G5S Plus

The Motorola G5S Plus seeks to offer 4GB of RAM while maintaining a sub-flagship price tag, thus complementing its promising 2GHz octa-core processor.
  • Rugged rating: Water repellent nano-coating
Samsung Galaxy Note FE

Samsung Galaxy Note FE

The Samsung Galaxy Note FE mirrors a lot of other high-end Samsung phablets with its 2.3GHz + 1.6GHz eight-core Exynos 8890 engine and 4GB RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dustproof)
Kyocera DuraScout

Kyocera DuraScout

The Kyocera DuraScout couples its 2GB RAM with a 32-bit-only CPU and a decent 1.4GHz clock speed.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof, Drop-proof, Military Standard 810G rating
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active shines with premium hardware specs -- namely, 4GB of RAM, an eight-core processor, and a 2.35GHz max CPU clock speed.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 water-resistant and dust-proof, MIL-STD-810G-tested (Samsung also calls this phone shock-resistant, but not shockproof)
LG Q8

LG Q8

The Q8 is a dust-proof smartphone that also boasts an IP67 rating against water, on top of other semi-high-end features like a 2560 x 1440 screen (with a secondary always-on display on top), a dual 13MP + 8MP rear camera, and 4GB of RAM -- with its 5-megapixel selfie camera and 2.15GHz processor at risk of inflicting it some setbacks.
  • Rugged rating: IP67-rated water resistant (up to 30 minutes up to 1 meter deep), Dust-proof
BLU Tank Xtreme Pro

BLU Tank Xtreme Pro

The BLU Tank Xtreme Pro stands out against other rugged smartphones due to its performance-related specs -- specifically, its 2GB RAM and 1.5GHz clock speed.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 water- and dust-proof, Shock-resistant
  • Includes:
    • Case
    • Earphones
    • Screen protector
Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

The Motorola Moto Z2 Play impresses the audience with an octa-core 2.2GHz processor, which we imagine would make a great team with the 4GB RAM that it comes with.
  • Rugged rating: Water-repellent via nano-coating
Motorola E4 Plus

Motorola E4 Plus

The E4 Plus is a 5.5-inch powerhouse that bases its identity as a phone mainly on its 5000mAh battery -- although its promising 13-megapixel main camera, metal finish, and thick 9.55mm exterior deserve notice, as well.
  • Rugged rating: Water-repellent coating
Motorola E4

Motorola E4

The Motorola E4 offers a performance-focused set of specs, led by a RAM of 2GB and a 1.4GHz processor speed.
  • Rugged rating: Water-repellent coating
HTC U11

HTC U11

The U11 is a camera- and user experience-focused smartphone that introduces Edge Sense (a feature that launches apps and performs actions when the phone's edges are squeezed) and boasts of a 16-megapixel selfie camera -- although its 3000mAh battery is quite worrisome on paper.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 water-resistant
  • Includes:
    • Dust cloth
    • HTC USonic adaptive earphones
    • HTC clear case
LG X venture

LG X venture

The X venture is a 4100mAh rugged smartphone which, while being IP68-rated against water and dust and tested shock-resistant with MIL-STD-810G standards, remains relatively-handy at a thickness of 0.36 inches and weight of 5.8 ounces.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 dust and water-resistant, Shock-resistant with MIL-STD-810G testing
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus features a hallmark release of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that equips it with a highly-promising max clock speed of 2.35GHz and eight cores.
  • Rugged rating: IP68-rated water-resistant
  • Includes:
      AKG headphones
Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, which gives it a promising max clock speed of 2.35 GHz.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 Dust and water-resistant
  • Includes:
      AKG earphones
LG G6

LG G6

The LG G6 is equipped with a processor with two 2.35GHz cores and two more cores with a 1.8GHz clock rate.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (Dust and water resistant under 1.5 meters and 30 minutes)
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