Top 5 Best Waterproof Smartphones 2019 or 2020

The Latest Waterproof Smartphones 2019 (and 2020)

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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 Coolpad Legacy S runs on a quad-core 2GHz processor and a 2GB RAM, which underscore its budget-class feature set.

  • Rugged rating: IP65/68 (water-resistant)
  • The Google Pixel 4 runs on the 2.84GHz octa-core Snapdragon 855 engine, which was a popular flagship processor around the time of its market entry.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust-and water-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • 18W USB Type-C charger
    • Quick Switch Adapter
    • SIM tool
    • USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0)
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    The Google Pixel 4 XL is among the fastest (at least on paper) 2019 smartphones, running on a 2.84GHz eight-core 64-bit processor aided by Pixel Neural Core.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof, dust-proof)
  • Includes:
    • 18W Type-C charger
    • 1m USB-C to USB-C cable (USB 2.0)
    • Quick Switch Adapter
    • SIM tool
  • The Motorola One Macro is an imaging-first smartphone whose triple-lens camera are accompanied by specs like a 4000mAh battery and a 6.2-inch 1520 x 720 HD+ display.

  • Rugged rating: IPX2 (water-repellent)
  • Includes:
    • 10W rapid charger
    • Earphones (depending on market)
    • Protective film (market-dependent)
    • SIM pin
  • The LG Aristo 4 Plus runs on a 1.4GHz four-core processor, which sounds archaic, at least by 2019 Q4 standards.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant), MIL-STD-810G (drop-ready)
  • The Nokia 800 Tough is a rugged phone whose waterproof and drop-ready exterior encases a 4G-LTE adapter, a 2100mAh battery, and a 2-megapixel camera.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water-resistant and dustproof), MIL-STD-810G (drop-proof from up to 1.8m, resistant to temperature extremes)
  • The iPhone 11 Pro is a high-class smartphone whose biggest perks include a triple 12-megapixel primary camera, a 5.8-inch 1200-nit-bright display, and a 512GB maximum inbuilt memory.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (up to 4-meter water-submersion for up to 30 minutes, IEC standard 60529)
  • Includes:
    • 18W adapter
    • EarPods with Lightning Connector
    • USB-C to Lightning Cable
  • The iPhone 11 is a middle-class contender whose key specs include a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD screen with HDR10 support, a double 12-megapixel main camera setup, and an IP68-rated waterproof housing.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (splash/water-resistant, maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes, dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
    • EarPods with Lightning Connector
    • Lightning to USB Cable
  • The Motorola One Action uses a mid-level 2GHz eight-core processor and a 4GB RAM, which do not quite put it in high-end territory.

  • Rugged rating: IPX2 (water protection)
  • Includes:
    • Earphones
    • Protective cover
    • SIM pin
    • USB-C 10W rapid charger
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note10 was among the fastest Galaxy Note models when it was released, running on a Snapdragon 855 engine that peaks at 2.8GHz.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (can be submerged under 1.5m of water for 30 minutes)
  • Includes:
    • 2-way)
    • Earphone (Type-C plug
    • Pen nibs
    • S Pen
    • Tweezer
    • hybrid canal type
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G sits alongside some of the fastest models of its time with its 2.8GHz eight-core engine and 12GB RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water-resistant for 30 minutes under 1.5m of water)
  • Includes:
    • 2-way)
    • Clear cover
    • Earphones (Type-C plug
    • Pen nibs
    • Protective film
    • S Pen
    • Tweezer
    • hybrid canal type
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus is among only a few 2019-released models to pass the 12GB RAM threshold.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (survives 1.5m water-immersion for up to 30 minutes)
  • Includes:
    • Clear cover
    • Earphones (USB Type-C) with sound by AKG
    • Pen nibs
    • Protective film
    • S Pen
    • Tweezer
  • The 2019 T-Mobile REVVLRY Plus is a mid-range smartphone offering a spacious 6.24-inch 19:9 display, a 3000mAh battery infused with a 27W fast-charging system, and 16- plus 5-megapixel dual camera.

  • Rugged rating: IP54 (water/dust resistance)
  • The Cubot Quest is a middle-class waterproof smartphone offering a hearty 4000mAh battery, a 12- plus 2-megapixel dual rear camera, and an eight-core processor peaking at 2GHz.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust- and waterproof)
  • The Blackview BV9700 Pro is a rugged smartphone primarily aimed at field workers, listing a night vision camera, a 4380mAh battery, and a water-tight housing among its key specs.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof and dust-tight), MIL-810G (shock-proof)
  • Includes:
    • Earphones
    • Night vision camera
    • Protective film
  • 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
  • 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 3G-only Ulefone Armor X2 is a high-stamina, but low-end, rugged smartphone equipped with a water-tight housing, a 5500mAh battery, and an 8- plus 5-megapixel double rear camera.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (waterproof -- capable of immersion under 1.5m of water for up to 1.5 hours or under 1m of concrete for up to 24 hours, dust-tight, withstands drops from up to 1.2m)
  • Includes:
    • Protective film
    • Trye stick
  • 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
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