List Of Waterproof Smartphones 2017

List Of Waterproof Smartphones 2017


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:

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
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
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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)
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4

The Xcover 4 is an IP68-rated and MIL-STD-810G-certified smartphone that makes do with a 2800mAh battery and a 720p display, but also boasts good points such as a lighter and thinner body (relative to other rugged models), a 13-megapixel main camera, and a 1.4GHz four-core processor.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 dust and water-resistant (at a depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes), MIL-STD-810G-certified against low or high temperatures, mechanical shocks and vibrations, intense sunlight, and salt water mist
Sony Xperia XZs

Sony Xperia XZs

The Xperia XZs is a 5.2-inch phone that relies heavily on its imaging specs (and rightfully so, as it shares premium-level cameras similar to the flagship Xperia XZ Premium) to uplift its otherwise-midrange set of features, including a Full HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 CPU, and a rather-underwhelming 2900mAh battery.
  • Rugged rating: IP65/68 water-resistant
Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is one of the first few Androids to carry the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which runs at a maximum clock speed of 2.45GHz and is supplemented by 4GB of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP65/68 water-resistant, Dust-proof
blu tank xtreme 4-inch

blu tank xtreme 4-inch

The blu tank xtreme 4-inch appears to have sacrificed some RAM (It sports only 512MB in this regard) in favor of a more-competitive (relatively) 1.3GHz processor.
  • Rugged rating: IP65-rated water-resistant, dust-resistant
  • Includes:
      Screen protector
BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0

BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0

The Tank Xtreme 5 is an IP65-rated rugged smartphone wrapped into what BLU called "dual rubber injections", with a 3000mAh battery, 1GB or RAM, and a 5-inch IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 as an added layer of protection.
  • Rugged rating: IP65 (Water- and dust-proof)
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

The Galaxy A3 2017 is a 2017 update to Samsung's mid-range Galaxy A3 smartphone that comes with a waterproof (IP68) casing, a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, and a 16GB memory expandable by up to 256GB.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and waterproof)
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