Phones that are water-resistant seem to be the trend these days. So much so that even Apple decided to hop on board the bandwagon by ensuring that their new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were both IP67 certified. However the question is, will Google be creating water-resistant phones as well with the Pixel and Pixel XL?
Unfortunately that will not be the case, at least according to a report from Android Police who revealed that their source has told them that this will not happen. Instead Google is expected to make both the Pixel and Pixel XL IP53 certified, which means that when the phone is held upright and not more than 60-degrees from vertical, it should be protected from damaging water ingress from a relatively low-pressure source.
Basically this means that if you’re out and your phone is in your hand and it starts raining, the couple of droplets that fall onto your phone should not damage it. Dunking it into a bowl of water will, and is probably not recommended. We guess to be fair, it isn’t mandatory for OEMs to make their phones water-resistant.
It is a nice feature to have and it does offer up peace of mind, but at this point in time it probably isn’t a make or break feature. In any case we expect we will learn more about the Pixel phones come 4th of October during Google’s event.
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