Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus vs Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs Google Pixel 5 EOY 2020

Water-resistance has become a key feature for almost every premium smartphone in the last few years, serving as a true indicator of a premium device. 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 to consider if you don’t want to worry about the weather.

Best waterproof phones:

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 S21 series

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Samsung has offered water-resistant flagships since 2014’s Galaxy S5 — with the exception of 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: Ultra refined

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 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 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. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra S Pen peeking

Got a ton of cash to spend and want a waterproof/resistant phone with the best specs? Then the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra might be for you. Samsung’s phone costs a whopping $1,300, but it certainly delivers a host of features.

You’ve got flagship silicon, a 120Hz OLED screen (QHD+), 128GB to 512GB of expandable storage, and a monster rear camera setup. The latter consists of a 108MP main camera, 12MP 5x periscope lens, and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor.

Is it worth buying?: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra — No longer setting the bar

Want a cheaper Note 20? Then the $999 standard model might be for you. It skips out on a 120Hz refresh rate, QHD+ screen, microSD slot, a 108MP main camera, periscope shooter, and glass design though. But the two phones share IP68 water/dust resistance, wireless charging, and the same 10MP selfie camera. Still, you might want to look at the standard S20 if the S-Pen isn’t important to you.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. 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.

Our verdict: LG V60 review — LG’s best effort in years is worth a look

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

4. Apple iPhone 12 series

Apple iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 Max camera

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While we’ve managed to stick with almost all Android-powered devices on this list, we would be remiss to skip the iPhone 12 family. The four-device lineup packs a serious iOS punch, and each version is complete with an IP68 rating.

Apple’s iPhone 12 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 12 series thanks to the A14 Bionic chip and powerful camera array. All four devices pack the same chipset, and this year’s iPhone 12 is the same size as the iPhone 12 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 12 Pro max instead. It’s the largest of the bunch at 6.5-inches, and it packs the same triple-camera setup as the iPhone 12 Pro. Both iPhone 12 Pro models offer up to 512GB of storage as well, while the non-pro options top out at 256GB.


iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • SoC: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.2

iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • SoC: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.2

iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • Chipset: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.2

iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Super Retina XDR
  • SoC: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 12MP + 3D depth sensor
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.2

5. Oppo Find X2 Pro

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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.

Our thoughts: Oppo Find X2 Pro review — Fast, fashionable, and fantastic

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

6. Sony Xperia 1 II and 5 II

Sony Xperia 1 II front display

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Sony is the original big brand to offer water-resistant Android phones, and it’s keeping this tradition alive with the 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. You can also go for a slightly more affordable approach with the Xperia 5 II.

Read: Sony Xperia 1 II review — A Sony phone I’d love to keep in my pocket

Both of Sony’s phones pack Snapdragon 865 chipsets, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh 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 lacks mmWave 5G support. But then again, sub-6Ghz is the dominant standard around the world. Furthermore, the Xperia 1 II retails for around $1,200, making it one of the more expensive flagships of 2020. The Xperia 5 II is a little easier to stomach at around $950.


Sony Xperia 1 II specs:

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

Sony Xperia 5 II specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. OnePlus 8T and 8 Pro

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OnePlus finally adopted a waterproof rating in 2020 with some of the OnePlus 8 phones, and the OnePlus 8 Pro indeed packs an IP68 rating. The newer OnePlus 8T 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.

What we thought: OnePlus 8 Pro — What the OnePlus 7T Pro should’ve been

Both phones offer the Snapdragon 865 chipset with 5G support, relatively large batteries, and an in-display fingerprint sensor, but that’s where the major similarities end. The Pro model packs a centrally mounted camera while the 8T shifts the unit into the top corner. The OnePlus 8 Pro is also the slightly larger of the two at 6.78 inches. OnePlus’ 8T also drops the ultrawide camera down to 16MP instead of the full-strength 48MP shooter.


OnePlus 8T specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

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

8. Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5 Grey Back 3

The Google Pixel 5 series pales in comparison to most other phones on the list when it comes to pure specs. It opts for the Snapdragon 765G processor, just two camera lenses, and a physical rear-mounted fingerprint reader instead of an ultrasonic reader.

Our verdict: Google Pixel 5 review

Nevertheless, those on the hunt for a pure Android phone that’s water-resistant too can do much worse than the IP68-toting Pixel 5 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 5 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP + ToF
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 11

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.