A lot of the smartphones these days tend to come with water-resistant features. Samsung has been doing it for a while, and recently Apple has decided to make its iPhone 7 IP67 certified as well, which is why when the Google Pixels were unveiled, it was a bit disappointing to find out that they were only IP53 certified.
For those unfamiliar, the IP53 rating means that the phone is protected against “water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall.” It almost sounds like the phone is water-resistant but there are certain caveats to its resistance, and anything more than specified will damage your phone – or will it?
A recent video was uploaded that shows the Google Pixel phone being taken through a variety of water tests, the last of which sees the phone submerged underwater for a good 30 minutes, which is definitely more than what its IP53 should technically allow. Interestingly enough the phone survived and continued to work just fine!
We should point out that you probably should not try this at home since your experience might be different. It is possible that maybe the way the phone went into the water could have affected it, but if anything it looks like maybe the Google Pixel isn’t as fragile when it comes to water-resistance as we had previously thought.