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Water-resistance has become a key feature for almost every premium smartphone in the last few years, serving as a sign of sorts that the brand has truly become a premium player. More and more smartphone manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon, though, and while no phone is truly waterproof, most will survive a dunk in a pool. So here are the best devices you should keep in mind.

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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best waterproof phones regularly as new devices launch.

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1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 Hero 1

Samsung has offered water-resistant flagships since 2014’s Galaxy S5 — with the exception of 2015’s Galaxy S6 series. The Galaxy S20 series is no different, offering IP68 water and dust resistance. So your phone should theoretically withstand a dunk in the pool just fine.

Read: 108MP shootout — Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Xiaomi Mi Note 10

The Galaxy S20 family also stands out thanks to some impressive specs, featuring a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, big batteries, and beautiful QHD+ screens with a 120Hz refresh rate. In plain English, you’re getting a very fast phone with a sharp, smooth display.

Samsung is also upping the ante when it comes to camera capabilities, delivering high resolution sensors, 8K recording, and neat features like Single Take mode and Night Hyperlapse functionality. Just don’t expect a 3.5mm port though, so you’ll want the S10 series if this is important to you.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 48MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. LG V60 ThinQ

LG V60 back against chair

LG has offered waterproof flagship phones going all the way back to 2017’s LG G6, and 2020’s V60 ThinQ maintains this feature. You’re getting IP68 support as well as MIL-STD 810G design for better durability in theory. Thankfully, none of this comes at the expense of the headphone port, which is still offered here.

LG’s latest flagship phone is your quintessential 2020 flagship in many ways, starting with the Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G connectivity. You’ll also find other typical 2020 flagship features like 8K recording, wireless charging, a big battery, and an OLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The only major downside in terms of hardware is that the phone lacks a telephoto or periscope camera, using its 64MP primary camera for zoom instead. But it’s easy to forgive when you look at the rest of the features and the relatively affordable price tag.


LG V60 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Huawei P40 Pro and Pro Plus

Huawei P40 Pro Home screen stock settings

The Huawei P40 Pro and Pro Plus don’t have Google Mobile Services, owing to the US trade ban against the firm. It doesn’t look like the ban is going to lift anytime soon, so we’re including the phones on the list anyway.

If the lack of comprehensive Google support doesn’t deter you, then you can look forward to a refined flagship experience from the Chinese manufacturer. You’ve got a Kirin 990 processor, 5G capabilities, a 90Hz OLED screen, a 4,200mAh battery with 40W charging, and an IP68 rating.

Huawei’s latest waterproof phones also offer impressive camera specs on paper, touting a new 50MP RYYB main camera and zoom cameras with the RYYB technology as well. The two devices differ in terms of the latter, though, as the Pro offers a 5x zoom camera while the Pro Plus offers two zoom lenses (3x and 10x). Like the idea of a water-resistant Huawei phone but still want Google services? Then the Huawei P30 Pro might be for you.


Huawei P40 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 40, and 12MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP and IR
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei P40 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 40, 8, and 8MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP and IR 
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Pro screen on couch 1

2018’s Oppo Find X showed off a unique sliding design that turned heads upon its release, but it wasn’t water resistant. The Oppo Find X2 Pro, on the other hand, delivers a more traditional design, and it’s one of the best waterproof phones you can find today.

The new phone packs plenty of 2020 flagship features otherwise, including a Snapdragon 865 processor, a QHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, 12GB of RAM, and a 4,260mAh battery with blazing-fast 65W charging.

The Find X2 Pro’s camera credentials are impressive too, delivering a new 48MP camera that’s technically superior to other 48MP sensors, an ultra-wide 48MP camera, and a 13MP 5X zoom lens. Just don’t expect 8K video recording like many other 2020 flagships.


Oppo Find X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,260mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony xperia 1 II 2020 waterproof phone

Sony is the original big brand to offer water-resistant Android phones, and it’s keeping this tradition alive with the brand-new Xperia 1 II. The new flagship brings IP68 water/dust resistance while also being one of the few devices to offer a 3.5mm port.

Read: The best Sony cameras to spend your money on

Otherwise, Sony’s phone packs a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery (with wireless charging), and a ridiculous 4K OLED screen. The firm is also touting a triple rear camera setup, featuring three 12MP sensors (main, 2x telephoto, ultra-wide) and a 3D ToF sensor.

It isn’t all perfect here, though, as the phone lacks mmWave 5G support. But then again, sub-6Ghz is the dominant standard around the world. Furthermore, the phone retails for around $1,200, making it one of the more expensive flagships of 2020.


Sony Xperia 1 II specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. OnePlus 8 series

OnePlus 8 Pro waterproof phone

OnePlus finally adopted a waterproof rating in 2020 with the OnePlus 8 phones, and the OnePlus 8 Pro indeed packs an IP68 rating. The vanilla OnePlus 8 is in a more awkward predicament, as it only offers IP68 resistance on carrier models. This is presumably due to carriers footing the bill for certification.

Both phones offer the Snapdragon 865 chipset with 5G support, relatively large batteries, ultra-wide cameras, and an in-display fingerprint sensor, but that’s where the major similarities end. The Pro model packs a 120Hz QHD+ screen, telephoto camera, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. Meanwhile, the vanilla OnePlus 8 offers a 90Hz Full HD+ display, no telephoto camera, no wireless charging, and no wireless reverse charging.


OnePlus 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, and 8MP + 5MP color filter
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL waterproof phones

The Google Pixel 4 series pales in comparison to most other phones on the list when it comes to pure specs. It starts at a measly 64GB of non-expandable storage, lacks an ultra-wide camera, and the base model has a tiny battery. 

Nevertheless, those on the hunt for a pure Android phone that’s water-resistant too can do much worse than the IP68-toting Pixel 4 family. You’ve got a speedy software experience, a 90Hz display that’s plenty smooth, and a form factor that’s a refreshing departure from today’s gargantuan phones.

Google’s phones are still top performers when it comes to photography as well, touting innovative features like Dual Exposure Control, astrophotography mode, and Live HDR. 


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP + ToF
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP + ToF
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus - waterproof phones

Like the idea of waterproof flagship-level phones but don’t want to spend a ton of cash? That’s where the Galaxy S10 series comes in, offering an IP68 design and loads of other worthwhile features. And it starts at roughly $600 for the Galaxy S10e.

Samsung’s 2019 flagships deliver Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 processors, up to 12GB of RAM, and flexible rear camera arrangements. The trio also offered punch-hole screens ahead of most other brands. 

Other notable Galaxy S10 series features include wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, and a headphone port. In fact, this is the last major Samsung flagship to offer a 3.5mm port, as the Galaxy Note 10 series and S20 family ditched the standard.


Samsung Galaxy S10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

These are our picks for the best waterproof phones on the market, but there are loads more devices that fit the bill out there and coming soon. We’ll be sure to update our list as new phones are released.