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The best waterproof phones you can buy

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November 23, 2021
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Water resistance has become one of the must-have features among premium smartphones. More and more smartphone manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon, and while no phone is truly waterproof, most will survive a dunk or two in a pool. So here are the best waterproof phones to consider if you don’t want to worry about the weather.

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The best waterproof phones:

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


Understanding IP ratings: Do you need it?

Nokia XR20 half submerged in water
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How can you tell if a phone is waterproof or not? And how much can a device truly handle a dive? We don’t have to trust manufacturers’ statements. An industry Ingress Protection standard labels water and dust resistance. It’s usually labeled as an IP rating, followed by a couple of numbers. The first represents the device’s dust resistance, while the second rates its level of water protection. You can learn more about the meaning of each number by clicking on the link right below.

Here: Everything there is to know about IP ratings

We usually like to see devices sporting an IP68 rating. The six means the phone is dust-tight, and no dust can go inside. The eight tells you the phone can be submerged as deep as 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. IP67 is still good enough for most users, though, allowing for 1-meter submersion for up to 30 minutes.

We have to put things into perspective. How important is having an IP rating is? Some manufacturers may choose not to get their devices rated, simply because it costs money. This is especially the case for budget phones, which could be missing an IP rating but still might handle some levels of dust and water exposure.

IP rating or not, we wouldn’t risk getting a phone wet or submerged on purpose. Even devices with the highest ratings can get damaged by water if you push things a little too far. It’s better to be careful with electronics. Many of you might not even need an IP rating, but it offers peace of mind in case of accidents. You might get caught in the rain, and it’s no fun to be worrying about droplets on your handset. There’s always the risk of spilling drinks on it, too or having wet hands.

If you really want to get your phone underwater, we advise you to get a waterproof pouch and not rely solely on your phone’s IP rating.

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1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus waterproof phones
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Samsung has offered water-resistant flagships since 2014’s Galaxy S5 — except for 2015’s Galaxy S6 series. The Galaxy S21 series is no different, offering IP68 water and dust resistance. So your phone should theoretically withstand a dunk in the pool just fine.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review

The Galaxy S21 family also stands out thanks to some impressive specs, featuring a Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor, up to 16GB of RAM on the S21 Ultra, big batteries, and great screens with 120Hz refresh rates. In plain English, you’re getting a speedy 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 have to venture back a few years to the S10 family if you really want a headphone jack.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Vivo X70 Pro Plus

Vivo X70 Pro Plus camera housing and window 1
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

The Vivo X70 Pro Plus isn’t cheap, but it is worthy of taking a spot on this list of the best waterproof phones. Aside from an IP68 rating, the phone comes packed with powerful specs and a gorgeous design.

Performance is stunning, thanks to its Snapdragon 888 Plus and 12GB of RAM. It also has a pretty large battery, but you can charge it very quickly even if it dies, as it features 55W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. We can’t forget the large screen, which touts a 120Hz refresh rate and a gorgeous QHD+ AMOLED panel.

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Another prominent feature is the camera system. Not only is it versatile, featuring multiple lenses and excellent image quality, but it also comes with a smooth gimbal video feature that will make your clips much more stable. The device has its downsides, though. It may be a bit too large for some, and we aren’t fans of the zoom camera. It’s also pretty hard to get outside Asia, but you can find sellers that import it.


Vivo X70 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra

A photo of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra on table
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

If you want to pick up one of Xiaomi’s latest flagship phones, you’ll have to splurge on the Mi 11 Pro or Mi 11 Ultra for waterproof capabilities. Although you’ll immediately notice the massive camera bump on the Mi 11 Ultra, the two phones are remarkably similar.

Our verdict: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review

Both devices are what you expect from 2021 flagships — Snapdragon 888 processors, big 6.81-inch displays, and durable IP68 ratings. You’ll also find up to 12GB of RAM and massive 5,000mAh batteries to keep you going at top speeds. Now, for the camera differences. It’s impossible to ignore the enormous bump on the Mi 11 Ultra. It houses a pair of 48MP lenses and a 50MP lens, as well as a tiny display on the back.

Of course, the entire Mi 11 family consists of fingerprint magnets. No matter which one you choose, you’re going to leave your mark. Don’t forget — the standard Mi 11 is not among our waterproof phones, so you’ll have to spend a little extra cash.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Apple iPhone 13 series

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Series 9
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

While we’ve managed to stick with almost all Android-powered devices on this list, we would be remiss to skip the iPhone 13 family. The four-device lineup packs a serious iOS punch, and each version is complete with an IP68 rating.

Apple’s iPhone 13 Mini is a perfect example of how far tiny flagships have come. It packs just a 5.4-inch display, yet it keeps up with the rest of the iPhone 13 series thanks to the A15 Bionic chip and powerful camera array. All four devices pack the same chipset, and the iPhone 13 is the same size as the iPhone 13 Pro — a comfortable 6.1 inches.

What we thought: Apple iPhone 12 Mini review

If you’re not drawn in by the power of a pint-sized phone, you may want to consider the iPhone 13 Pro Max instead. It’s the largest of the bunch at 6.7-inches, and it packs the same triple-camera setup as the iPhone 13 Pro. Both iPhone 13 Pro models offer up to 1TB of storage, while the non-pro options top out at 512GB.

No matter which way you go, the iPhone 13 family is your best chance to try iOS on a waterproof phone.


iPhone 13 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 1,080 x 2,340
  • SoC: A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 2,438mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

iPhone 13 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,170 x 2,532
  • SoC: A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 3,240mAh
  • Software: iOS 115

iPhone 13 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,170 x 2,532
  • Chipset: A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512/1,024GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 3,095mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

iPhone 13 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 1,284 x 2,778
  • Chipset: A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512/1,024GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + 3D LiDAR depth scanner
  • Front cameras: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 4,352mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

5. Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro 5G waterproof phone - The best waterproof phones
Adam Molina / Android Authority

2018’s Oppo Find X showed off a unique sliding design that turned heads upon its release, but it wasn’t water-resistant. Now, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has found a way to blend those futuristic looks into one of the best waterproof phones on the market.

The new phone packs plenty of 2021 flagship features otherwise, including a Snapdragon 888 processor, a QHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, up to 12GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery with blazing-fast 65W charging.

Our thoughts: Oppo Find X3 Pro review

Half of the Find X2 Pro’s camera credentials are impressive, too, delivering a pair of 50MP cameras along with a telephoto and microlens for more niche shots. Unfortunately, we’re still looking at 4K video as the limit on the Find X3 Pro.


Oppo Find X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, 3, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III

Sony Xperia 1 III camera 4 - The best waterproof phones
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Sony is the original big brand to offer water-resistant Android phones, and it’s keeping this tradition alive with the Xperia 1 III. The new flagship brings IP68 water/dust resistance while also being one of the few devices to offer a 3.5mm port. You can also go for a slightly more affordable approach with the Xperia 5 III.

Read: Sony Xperia 1 III review

Sony’s waterproof Xperia 1 III packs a Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and a 4,500mAh battery (with wireless charging). 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 phones lack mmWave 5G support. But then again, sub-6Ghz is the dominant standard around the world. Furthermore, the Xperia 1 III is one of the more expensive flagships of 2021. The Xperia 5 III is a little easier to stomach, but it’s still not cheap.


Sony Xperia 1 III specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 III specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro close up of hassleblad - The best waterproof phones
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

OnePlus has carried over its waterproofing strategy into 2021, and the OnePlus 9 Pro indeed packs an IP68 rating. Technically, the OnePlus 9 is a waterproof phone, too, though only on carrier models. This is presumably due to carriers footing the bill for certification.

What we thought: OnePlus 9 Pro review

OnePlus’ latest flagship packs the Snapdragon 888 chipset with 5G support, a relatively large battery, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Pro also offers a corner-mounted camera complete with four total Hasselblad lenses. The OnePlus 8 Pro is among the largest in the company’s portfolio with its 6.7-inch display.


OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 8MP, and 2MP depth
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

8. Google Pixel 6 series

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro angled rear panels - The best waterproof phones
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

As usual, Google is closing the year with its Pixel launch, and this time we have two winners. This time around, Google is back on the race against flagship competitors, offering powerful specs, a gorgeous new design, and prices that compete very strongly. All things combined, and the fact that they sport an IP68 rating, make the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro some of the best waterproof phones in the market.

The Pixel 6 starts at just $699 (MSRP) and rocks way too much for what it costs. It offers Google’s new Tensor chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB at its base configuration. The 6.4-inch QHD+ AMOLED display is gorgeous, and it features a 90Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, the Pro version comes with a larger 6.71-inch screen, the same Tensor processor, 12GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage at its base configuration.

Our thoughts: Google Pixel 6 review | Google Pixel 6 Pro review

The Pixel 6 series is here to make a statement, and it’s dressing the part. The new designs are unique, and you can recognize them from a mile away. The different color tones and options also give the devices a little flare, and the same playfulness Google is now recognized by.


Google Pixel 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Google Tensor
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,614mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Google Pixel 6 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.71-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Google Tensor
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 11.1MP
  • Battery: 5,003mAh
  • Software: Android 12