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:

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
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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
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 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
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)
Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

The Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 supports its upmarket camera duo with a fittingly-high-end 1.9GHz eight-core processor and 3GB's worth of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dust-tight)
Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

Samsung Galaxy A7 2017

The Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 assists its high-class cameras with a fitting 1.9GHz eight-core processor and a 3GB RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dust-tight)
Ulefone Armor

Ulefone Armor

The Ulefone Armor matches its outdoor-ready physique with a high-tier (as of its release) pair of a 1.3GHz octa-core CPU and a 3GB RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterpoof, dust-tight, and shock-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Headset adapter cable
    • Screwdriver
HTC Bolt

HTC Bolt

The HTC Bolt accompanies its premium-caliber screen with an eight-core Snapdragon 810 CPU running at 2GHz and 3GB's worth of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP57 (water and dust protection)
  • Includes:
      HTC BoomSound Adaptive Audio Hi-Res earphones
Kyocera DuraForce PRO

Kyocera DuraForce PRO

The Kyocera DuraForce PRO is powered by an eight-core (quad 1.5GHz + 1.2GHz) processor, a rare occurrence in the rugged smartphone world as of its September 2016 release.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and waterproof), MIL-STD-810G (protection against dust, drop, shock, vibration, high altitude, humidity, icing, freezing, extreme temperatures, etc.), Certified non-incendive (Class I, Division 2)
Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia XZ

The Sony Xperia XZ operates on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 2.2GHz quad-core 64-bit chip with 3GB of RAM -- a popular hardware composition in the flagship Android market when it came out.
  • Rugged rating: IP68/IP65 (water- and dust-proof)
  • Includes:
    • High-Resolution Audio Headset MDR-NC750
    • Quick Charger UCH12W
    • Style Cover Stand SCSF10
    • Style Cover Touch SCTF10
    • USB Type-C Charging Dock DK60
Motorola Moto E3 Power

Motorola Moto E3 Power

The Motorola Moto E3 Power settles with a disappointing clock speed in favor of a bigger RAM, with it retaining the regular E3 model's relatively-slow 1GHz processor speed while simultaneously doubling its RAM to 2GB.
  • Rugged rating: Water-repellent via nano-coating
Samsung Galaxy Note7

Samsung Galaxy Note7

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 operates on a Snapdragon 820 split-quad-core 64-bit 14nm CPU (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz) aided by a 4GB RAM, reminding us of some 2016 flagship releases from rival brands.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof)
  • Includes:
      S Pen
Kyocera Hydro Shore

Kyocera Hydro Shore

The Hydro Shore is a cheap, 4G-enabled rugged Android phone whose IP57 waterproofing is accompanied by a 2160mAh battery with Eco Mode, a 5-inch qHD screen with Wet Touchscreen Operation, and 8GB of expandable memory.
  • Rugged rating: IP57 (waterproof, dustproof)
Lumigon T3

Lumigon T3

The Lumigon T3 resembles lots of premium contenders (as of 2016) with its 64-bit eight-core Helio X10 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz and 3GB RAM.
  • Rugged rating: Dust- and water-resistant body (No specific ruggedness rating that we could find)
  • Includes:
    • HiFi headset
    • Lanyard
Samsung Galaxy S7 active

Samsung Galaxy S7 active

The Samsung Galaxy S7 active is powered by a high-ranking split-quad-core (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz) Qualcomm 8996 CPU tied up with 4GB of RAM.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust and water-resistant), MIL-STD-810G (resistant to vibrations, extreme temperature, shock, humidity, salt fog, etc.)
Snopow M9-LTE

Snopow M9-LTE

The M9-LTE is a humongous 4.5-inch waterproof smartphone boasting a 4700mAh power capacity, a 13-megapixel camera, and NFC compatibility.
  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterpoof, dust-tight, and shock-resistant)
Kyocera Hydro Reach

Kyocera Hydro Reach

The Hydro Reach is a 5-inch (540p) Kyocera smartphone that banks on a water- and dust-tight shell, a 2160mAh battery with MaxiMZR, and a 4G LTE network reach.
  • Rugged rating: IP57 (waterproof)
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