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Jul 2017
This month we removed the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to make room for the HTC U11.

Smartphones that can be dropped in the pool, the toilet, or get caught in the rain aren’t as rare as they used to be. More and more smartphone manufacturers are launching phones with IP67 and 68 ratings, meaning your phone likely won’t be rendered useless if it gets submerged in water on accident. While technically no phone is completely waterproof, there are a handful that are very water resistant. And that’s what we’re here to talk about today.

Here is our list of the best waterproof phones out there, along with water-resistant Android phones.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The latest phone in the Galaxy Note series may be the best phone released by Samsung. It has some extremely high-end hardware inside. Even if you get the lowest priced model, you still get a phone with a 6.4-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, a microSD slot for even more storage, and a big 4,000mAh battery that should last you at least a day, or perhaps more, on a full charge. You can even get a model with 8GB of RAM and a massive 512GB of storage, which is plenty of space to keep all of your important business files on the go. Best of all, it has a high IP68 rating for water and dust resistance.

However, it’s not just the high-end specs that make the Galaxy Note 9 an excellent business handset. The S-Pen has been revamped, adding Bluetooth LE support. That allows you to use it as a remote controller to open apps, control the camera and more. The Note 9 can also work in a PC desktop mode, thanks to Samsung’s newest version of its DeX technology. You only need to connect the phone to a monitor or TV with a USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable. As we have stated, the S-Pen can be used to interact with the phone’s apps and features remotely, or you can use the Note 9’s display to mimic the use of a PC laptop touchpad or keyboard. 

All of this comes at a cost; you will have to pay $999 to get the 6GB/128GB model and $1,249 for the 8GB/512GB model.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 516 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 128/512 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201 g

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Huawei P20 Pro

huawei p20 waterproof phone

The  Huawei P20 Pro may not be coming to the United States, but the rest of the world is in for a treat. This is, without a doubt, the best Huawei phone the company has produced so far, and the best Chinese Android phone ever made. The Huawei P20 Pro has a 6.1 inch display and a OLED panel. Yes, it does have a notch on top, but if you hate this current phone trend, the handset does allow you to turn it off in the setting menu so it looks more like a regular phone. It also has an IP67 certified rating, making it one of the best waterproof phones.

The Huawei P20 Pro is the first smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to the 20MP monochrome sensor, the RGB sensor on the Pro goes up to a whopping 40MP, and is joined by the third sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens. The Pro also has a five-times hybrid zoom feature.

It has Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, with its NPU chip that adds AI features, including ones that help improve taking pictures with their impressive cameras. The Huawei P20 Pro costs 900 euro (around $1100). There’s also the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS variant of the P20 Pro that includes a in-screen fingerprint sensor, a 6-inch screen, and you can get one with a massive 512GB amount of onboard storage for  2095 euro ($2600). That’s the price that must be paid for truly the best Huawei phone ever released. Thankfully, its high resistance rating makes it one of the best waterproof phones.

Specifications

  • 6.1-inch Huawei FullView OLED 18:7:9 display 2,240 x 1,080 resolution
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Triple 8, 12 and 40 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 155.0 mm x 73.9 mm x 7.8 mm, 180 g

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus waterproof phones

Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung clearly knows what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with its previous generation flagships, but the S8 range updated the look with a more modern design. They are are IP67 rated for water and dust resistance, which means they are among the best waterproof phones you can currently buy.

As before, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S9 and S9 Plus, with an increasingly common 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor in the US (Samsung’s own in-house Exynos 9810 SoC is used in other parts of the world). The standard 5.8-inch S9 has 4 GB of RAM while the 6.2-inch S9 Plus includes 6 GB of RAM. Both have 64 GB of on-board storage, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

The biggest difference in the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, compared to both their older models and each other, is in their camera equipment. Both the S9 and S9 Plus have a primary 12 MP rear camera with a Dual Aperture feature that can switch between F/1.5 and F/2.4 modes. The S9 Plus also has a second rear 12 MP sensor and both phones have 8 MP front cameras. Both can also take super slow-mo movies at 960 fps at 720p, and both support Samsung’s new AR Emoji for animated avatars created by the cameras.

All in all, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the two best Samsung phones at the moment, and among the best waterproof phones out there, building on the highly successful formula of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 189 g

 


HTC U12 Plus

HTC U12 Plus

HTC’s latest flagship, the U12 Plus (there is no U12, by the way) includes a lot of we loved about the HTC U11 Plus but with a few obvious upgrades. Anyone who has used the HTC U11 or U11 Plus will find the latest flagship very familiar. HTC continues its minimalist Liquid Surface design language, giving us a beautiful glass design with IP68 water resistance. The biggest design change can be found in the buttons. Instead of physical keys, they are now pressure-sensitive. While these buttons may not provide a physical click, they do provide haptic feedback to let you know they’ve been triggered.

The rear camera configuration has 12 and 16MP cameras with the main camera supporting optical image stabilization (OIS). Meanwhile, the secondary shooter is a telephoto lens, capable of 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom. There are also two wide-angle 8MP sensors on the front, and they also add face unlock for quickly unlocking your phone.

The HTC U12 Plus also supports a new version of the company’s Edge Sense technology. This time, the sides of the phone can sense where your hands are. With your hand on one side, you can tap twice with your thumb to shrink the display. This new change makes one-handed use much easier. Also If you’re holding your phone in a way that makes it obvious you are trying to use portrait mode, moving the phone slightly will no longer trigger auto-rotate, which is a pretty common annoyance for those who use their phones in bed.

The HTC U12 Plus offers the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 845. The handset offers 6GB RAM and either 64 or 128GB of internal storage, with microSD expansion. There’s also a big 6-inch Super LCD 6 panel with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,140. The battery on the HTC U12 Plus is a bit smaller, going down to 3,500mAh. BoomSound is back for great audio support but there’s no  headphone jack for the U12 Plus

The HTC U12 Plus comes in both translucent blue and ceramic black colors for $799. This base model comes with 64GB of storage. The beefier 128GB model comes in just translucent blue, and is priced at $849.

Specs

  • 6-inch Super LCD 6 display with 2,880 x 1,140 resolution, 537 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 12 MP and 16 MP rear cameras, two 8MP front cameras
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm, 188 g

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features an all-glass design and comes with Huawei’s gradient color scheme. You have your choice of five color options, including a very nice looking emerald green model. Oh, and it has a full IP68 rated for dust and water resistance. Elsewhere, the device comes with the Kirin 980 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a fancy new Nano Memory slot for expandable storage. It also has three rear-facing cameras — one 40MP standard sensor, one 8MP telephoto lens, and one 20MP ultra wide-angle sensor.

However it lacks a headphone jack and it has a high price, starting at almost $1,000. If you can ignore those issues, and if you can find one in the U.S., the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the best water resistant phones you can buy.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED 19:5:9 display 1,440 x 3,120 resolution
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 980 processor
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of onboard storage, up to 256MB expansion
  • Triple 8, 20 and 40MP rear cameras, 24 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3 screen

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are here and like all of Google’s previous Pixel phones, they are Verizon Wireless exclusives in the U.S., though you can buy them unlocked and use them on any carrier you want. Both phones are IP68 rated for dust and water resistance. While they may not rival the Galaxy Note 9 in specs, these phones improve on what made the Pixel 2 so great — the camera

They sport the same single rear cameras as the Pixel 2, but there are a ton of camera software improvements here. Top Shot mode will take multiple pictures of your subject and recommend the best one. Night Sight brings next-level low-light photography thanks to computational photography. Finally, there’s a mode called Motion Auto Focus that lets the Pixel 3 focus on a subject in a video, no matter how much they move around.

They both have 18:9 screens (well, 18.5:9 for the XL), but look very different. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD+ screen, which makes it look like a smaller Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 3 XL has a big ol’ notch at the top of its screen. Both phones also come with Qi wireless charging support, no headphone jack (womp womp), and still manage to squeeze in front-facing speakers.

The Pixel 3 could be considered the Android iPhone, but what’s wrong with that? You can get the standard Pixel 3 from Verizon starting at $799.99, or for $33.33 a month for 24 months. The Pixel 3 XL starts at $929.99 a month, or for $38.74 a month for 24 months.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch flexible OLED display with 1,080 x 2,160 resolution (Pixel 3) or 6.3-inch flexible OLED display with
    1,440 x 2,960 resolution (Pixel 3 XL)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of onboard storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.2MP rear camera, dual 8MP front cameras
  • 2,915mAh battery (Pixel 3) or 3,430mAh battery (Pixel 3 XL)
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9mm, 148 g (Pixel 3) or 76.7 x 158.0 x 7.9mm, 184g (Pixel 3 XL)

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LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ sitting on a window sill showing back of phone

LG has fallen behind the competition over the last several years, despite offering some pretty great smartphones. The same story continues with the LG V40, a solid phone but one that hasn’t received much attention from the average consumer. 

The LG V40 ThinQ makes it on this list because of its IP68 rating and MIL-STD 810G certification. This makes it up to par in being able to survive dunks in the pool as well as survive drops over eight feet onto concrete without taking any damage. 

But what really helps the LG V40 ThinQ stand out is the fact that it retained the headphone jack that’s attached to a built-in 32-bit DAC. It’s already hard enough to find devices with 3.5mm ports these days, but LG provides a handset that has it all.

The LG V40 ThinQ launched with an astonishingly high price tag of $950 but that quickly dropped by $200 almost everywhere. Now, you can find it on sale for even less at almost every mobile carrier.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch OLED FullVision display with a 3,120 x 1,440 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage with a microSD card slot for up to 2TB of expandable storage
  • 3,300mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and wireless charging
  • Boombox Speaker, DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 75.8 x 7.7 x 158.7mm, 169g
  • IP68, MIL-STD 810G certification

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Best waterproof phones – Conclusion

So, there you have it – our list of the best waterproof and water resistant Android phones! Did we leave anything out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!