Top 5 Best Waterproof Smartphones 2019

The Latest Waterproof Smartphones 2019

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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:

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The Motorola One Vision is a multimedia- and photography-oriented upmarket smartphone whose perks include an elongated 6.3-inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a 48- plus 5-megapixel dual camera, and a 25-megapixel selfie cam.

  • Rugged rating: IP52 (water-repellent)
  • Includes:
    • Earphones
    • Protective cover
    • USB-C 15W TurboPower charger
  • The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 throws together some premium (as of 2019 Q2) hardware specs, including an eight-core engine peaking at 2.84GHz, a 12GB RAM, and a dedicated fan for cooling.

  • Rugged rating: IP55 (waterproof)
  • Includes:
      Logo sticker

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    The Blackview BV5500 Pro is a budget-class rugged smartphone rigged with a shock-resistant housing, a robust 4400mAh battery, a basic dual rear camera.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dust-tight), MIL-810G
  • Includes:
      Earphones
  • The LG V50 ThinQ 5G operates on the Snapdragon 855 eight-core 2.84GHz engine, which is the engine-of-choice for several other MWC 2019 flagships.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant), MIL-STD-810G
  • The LG G8 ThinQ is a high-end phone with a couple of innovations up its sleeves, offering specs like touch-less commands through Air Motion, the Crystal Sound OLED speaker-screen technology, and a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ (1440p) interface.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant), MIL-STD-810G
  • The Sony Xperia 1 is powered by a 2.84GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 engine, one of the fastest mobile processor's available as of its MWC 2019 unveiling.

  • Rugged rating: IP65/68 (water-resistant and dust-tight)
  • The Huawei P30 Pro is a flagship smartphone that focuses on photography more than anything else, offering specs like a Leica Quad Camera led by a 40-megapixel main lens, a 32-megapixel selfie camera, and 512GB's worth of native memory.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Earphones
    • TPU protective case
  • The Nokia 9 PureView levels with a good number of competing high-end 2019 models by pairing an eight-core 2.8GHz engine with a 6GB LPDDR4X RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP67 (water- and dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Adapter (Type-C to AV jack)
    • Headset
  • The Samsung Galaxy S10 was one of the first smartphones to run on the premium-tier Snapdragon 855 triple-cluster 2.84GHz engine.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • AKG headset
    • Clear cover
    • Protective film
  • The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus easily overtakes most older flagship contenders in terms of hardware, running on a 2.84GHz (peak speed) eight-core engine and a mammoth 12GB RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • AKG headset
    • Clear cover
    • Protective film
  • The Samsung Galaxy S10e runs on premium-caliber (as of 2019) hardware headlined by a 2.84GHz multi-cluster eight-core engine and an 8GB RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • AKG headset
    • Patterned cover
    • Protective film
  • The Cubot King Kong 3 is an IP68-rated, high-stamina rugged phone boasting a 6000mAh battery cell, a 2.5GHz octa-core processor, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual main camera.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dust-tight)
  • The LG Q9 is a mid-level smartphone whose biggest specs include a 6.1-inch QHD+ (1440p) display with an elongated 19.5:9 aspect ratio, a 64GB memory extendable by up to 2TB, and an IP68-rated waterproof shell.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-proof), MIL-STD-810G 14
  • The NUU Mobile R1 is an entry-level rugged smartphone rigged with specs like an IP68-grade waterproof body, a 4000mAh battery, and a 5-inch 720p Gorilla-Glass-furbished display.

  • Rugged rating: MIL-STD-810G (impact-resistant), IP68 (dust- and waterproof)
  • The Blackview BV9600 Pro is a stamina-first rugged phone whose robust 5580mAh battery is accompanied by specs like a water-tight housing (IP68/69K), a 16- plus 8-megapixel dual-lens camera, and a 6.2-inch 1080p AMOLED display.

  • Rugged rating: IP68/IP69K (dust- and waterproof), MIL-STD-810G
  • Includes:
    • Earphones
    • Protective film
  • The Blackview BV9500 runs on MediaTek's 2.5GHz eight-core Helio P23 engine, which was one of the fastest processors in the mid-range market as of its release.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and waterproof), IP69K, MIL-STD-810G (drop-proof)
  • Includes:
      Protective film
  • The Blackview BV9500 Pro upgrades its mother model's 4GB-only RAM to 6GB, while retaining its high-end 2.5GHz eight-core engine.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and waterproof), IP69K, MIL-STD-810G (drop-proof)
  • Includes:
    • Earphones
    • Protective film
  • The Ulefone Armor 6 boasts a 6GB RAM, which was a rarely-seen facet among rugged smartphones as of its late 2018 market entry.

  • Rugged rating: IP68/IP69K (dust-proof and water-resistant), MIL-STD-810G (drop-proof)
  • Includes:
    • OTG cable
    • Protective film
    • Trye stick
    • USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack cable
  • The Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design is a luxury-type smartphone whose biggest specs include a 3-lens primary camera (40-megapixel main lens), a pressure-sensitive in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a 6.4-inch 1440p OLED interface.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Leather case
    • Leather rear cover care card
    • Type-C earphones
    • Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
    • VIP card
  • The Kyocera DuraForce Pro 2 is an outdoor-ready smartphone rigged with specs like a wide-angle Action Camera, a 2.2GHz (top-speed) eight-core processor, and a waterproof, drop-resistant shell.

  • Rugged rating: MIL-STD 810G (resistant to blowing dust/sand, vibration, drops, shock, salt fog, temperature/altitude extremes, blowing/freezing rain/icing, thermal shock, radiation, humidity), IP6X (dust-proof), IPX5/IPX8 (waterproof)
  • The Sony Xperia XZ3 lines up with many performance-driven 2018 smartphones by running on the 2.8GHz eight-core Snapdragon 845 engine.

  • Rugged rating: IP65/68 (water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Style Cover Stand SCSH70
    • Style Cover Touch SCTH70
    • USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter
    • Wireless Charging Dock WCH20
  • The 2018 Cat S48C is an outdoorsy smartphone whose specs include an IP68-raged waterproof housing, a 4000mAh battery, and a 5-inch Gorilla-Glass-5-finished screen.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and waterproof), MIL-SPEC 810G (resistance to shocks/drops, high temperatures, Category 4 vibrations)
  • The HTC Exodus 1 lines up with a lot of high-octane 2018 smartphones by running on a 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core engine alongside 6GB of RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and water-resistant)
  • The Poptel P60 is an outdoor-ready high-endurance smartphone rigged with a 5000mAh battery, a waterproof as well as shock-resistant casing, and a 5.7-inch 18:9 screen.

  • Rugged rating: MIL-SPEC-810G, IP68 (waterproof, dust-tight, shock-resistant)
  • The 2018 Plum Gator 5 is a budget-class rugged smartphone equipped with specs like a waterproof (IP68) housing, a scratch-resistant Panda-Glass-protected 5.2-inch screen, and a 3700mAh battery pack.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof, dust-tright, shock-resistant)
  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro runs on a 2.6GHz (peak speed) triple-cluster eight-core processor coupled with 6GB of RAM, underscoring its flagship caliber spec sheet.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-proof)
  • Includes:
    • Protective case
    • Type-C earphones
    • Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
  • The DOOGEE S70 secures a high-end shelf spot hardware-wise by running on a 2.5GHz octa-core processor and a 6GB RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68/IP69K (dust- and waterproof), MIL-STD-810G (shock-proof)
  • The Ulefone Armor 5 runs on middle-class hardware components, which include a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6763 processor and a 4GB RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • Micro-USB to Type-C adapter
    • OTG cable
    • Protective film
    • Trye stick
  • The LG G7 Fit oddly runs on a four-core 2.35GHz processor, despite eight-core engines dominating the upscale Android market when it came out.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water-resistant and dust-proof), MIL-STD-810G
  • The Unihertz Atom operates on an eight-core 2GHz engine and a 4GB RAM, making it one of the fastest tiny phones on the market.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof, dust-tight, shock-resistant)
  • The Ulefone Armor 3 supports its outdoor-ready feature set with a high-end 2.5GHz eight-core processor and 4GB of RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68/IP69K (dust-proof and water-resistant), MIL-STD-810G
  • Includes:
    • 2 screwdrivers
    • OTG cable
    • Phone holder for bike
    • Protective film
    • Sling
    • Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter
  • The LG V40 ThinQ runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz (top speed) eight-core engine, consequently lining up with some of the fastest smartphones of its time.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and waterproof), MIL-STD-810G (shock-resistant)
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