Top 5 Best Waterproof Smartphones 2018

The Latest Waterproof Smartphones 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:

Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design

Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design

The Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design is a premium-class 6-inch 2K-1440p phablet bedecked with specs like a 40/20/8-megapixel triple rear camera, an AI-powered Kirin 970 eight-core 2.36GHz processor, and two-way fingerprint recognition (in-screen and rear sensors).
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (splash/waterproof and dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Leather case
    • Porsche Design Premium Stereo Headset
    • USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
    • VIP card
Cat S61

Cat S61

The Cat S61 is a high-caliber rugged smartphone boasting specs like a FLIR thermal camera (besides its 16-megapixel 4K-video-enabled main cam), an indoor air quality sensor, and a large 4500mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0.
  • Rugged rating: MIL-SPEC 810G (drop-proof from up to 1.8m), IP68 (dust- and waterproof)
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Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro is a premium photography smartphone whose specs consist of a triple rear camera (40-, 20-, and 8-megapixel lenses), a 24-megapixel selfie camera, and a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED display.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Protective case
    • USB-C earphones
    • USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia 8 Sirocco

The Nokia 8 Sirocco ably supports its high-class feature set with a dual-cluster (quad 2.36GHz + quad 1.9GHz) eight-core processor and 6GB's worth of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Headset
    • Protective cover
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is one of the smallest (as of its release) smartphones to run on Qualcomm's flagship-class Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz eight-core 64-bit processor.
  • Rugged rating: IP65/68 (water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • 2-way Style USB Audio & Bluetooth Headset SBH90C
    • Xperia XZ2 Compact Style Cover Stand SCSH50
    • Xperia XZ2 Compact Style Cover Touch SCTH50
Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Xperia XZ2

The Sony Xperia XZ2 uses Qualcomm's fastest processor as of this write-up, in the form of the 10nm Snapdragon 845 octa-core 2.8GHz chip.
  • Rugged rating: IP65/68 (water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Wireless Charging Dock WCH20
    • Xperia XZ2 Style Cover Stand SCSH40
    • Xperia XZ2 Style Cover Touch SCTH40
LG V30S ThinQ

LG V30S ThinQ

The LG V30S ThinQ competently powers its multimedia offering with a Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz eight-core processor and 6GB's worth of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant), MIL-STD 810G
Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the earliest smartphones to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor -- a premium-tier dual-cluster eight-core processor running at 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • 2-way dynamic)
    • Bundled earphones (pure sound tuned by AKG
    • Clear View cover
    • hybrid canal type
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus loads its demanding camera and display on the sturdy shoulders of a 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor and 6GB's worth of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • 2-way dynamic
    • AKG tuning)
    • Bundled earphones (Hybrid canal type
    • Clear View Cover
HTC U11 Eyes

HTC U11 Eyes

The HTC U11 Eyes replaces (regrettably) the original U11's 2.45GHz eight-core engine with a Snapdragon 652 octa-core chip that runs at only 1.8GHz.
  • Rugged rating: IP67 (water-resistant)
  • Includes:
      HTC U11 Eyes Clear Shield
Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 backs its Dual Front Camera up with a high-class Exynos 7885 eight-core engine (dual 2.2GHz + hexa 1.6GHz) and 6GB's worth of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant)
Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

The Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 runs on the octa-core Exynos 7885 CPU, which allots two cores (2.2GHz) for process-hungry apps and six cores (1.6GHz) for light apps as well as everyday usage.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and water-resistant)
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: IP67 (splash, water- and dust-resistant, 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)
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)
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