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:

The LG Q Stylus is a 6.2-inch phablet tailored to digital artists, featuring specs like a creativity-driven stylus pen, a 64GB memory expandable by up to 2TB, and a 16-megapixel primary camera.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant), MIL-STD-810G
  • Includes:
      Stylus Pen
  • The LG V35 ThinQ lists itself among the most-powerful 2018 smartphones by running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz (top speed) eight-core processor aided by 6GB of RAM.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (dust and waterproof), MIL-STD-810G (shock resistant and protection from temperature extremes)
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    The HTC U12 Plus joins only a handful of other flagship models (as of this write-up) in rocking the Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core processor.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant)
  • The 2018 LG Q7 is a rugged middle-class smartphone whose IP68-rated water-tight housing is accompanied by a 5.5-inch 18:9 FullVision display and a 64GB/32GB internal memory extendable by up to 2TB.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant), MIL-STD-810G
  • The LG G7 ThinQ is one of LG's first flagship smartphones to run on the 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 eight-core processor -- the fastest smartphone engine available when it entered the market.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant), MIL-STD 810G
  • The waterproof Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury expands the brand's lineup of 2018 phablets with specs like a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 screen, a 64GB memory extendable by up to 400GB, and a 16-megapixel UHD-video-capable rear camera in its arsenal.

  • Rugged rating: IP68 (water- and dust-resistant)
  • Includes:
      AKG headphones
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • * Prices shown are only indicative. They were recently fetched by our system and may have changed meanwhile.

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