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 there actually isn’t any waterproof phones that have that label on the market that’s 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

Read more

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

Read More


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

Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

 
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active waterproof phone
 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is the more rugged version of the company’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S8. The phone, which has a metal frame and bumper, meets with MIL-STD-810G military specifications, which means that the S8 Active is supposed to be shatter-resistant, dust and water resistant. In the latter case, the phone can still work even when it is submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

Because of its rugged frame, the Galaxy S8 Active does not technically have an nearly bezel-free “Infinity Display” like the standard Galaxy S8, but it still has a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 5, with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. It comes in Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold colors. Inside, the S8 Active has a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of onboard storage, a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front-facing camera. The biggest hardware difference is with its battery. The S8 Active has a 4,000 mAh battery, compared to the 3,000 mAh battery found on the standard Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 Active is currently on sale as an exclusive for AT&T, which has priced it at $849.99 without a contract, or for $28.34 per month with a 30-month installment agreement. It goes without saying its perhaps the best waterproof phone there is.

Specs

  • Display: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39 inches
  • Weight: 7.34 ounces

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 waterproof phone

See more Galaxy Note 8 photos

After a controversial 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is back in full force. With top-of-the-line specs, a stunning design, an all-new dual-camera setup, and new software features, the Galaxy Note 8 is the best Android phone you can buy right now. And it’s also one of the best waterproof phones.

The Note 8’s near-bezel-less 6.3-inch QuadHD+ Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is one of our favorite parts about this phone. DisplayMate agrees with us too. It’s big, maybe too big for some people, but at least the company puts that screen to good use. There’s a new App Pairing feature that allows you to open up two favorited apps in multi-window at the same time, and there are a few new S Pen features that will satisfy the stylus users out there.

What’s more, the new dual-camera setup on the back performs incredibly well. While picture quality isn’t a huge step up from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the extra 12 MP sensor with OIS allows you to take clear, concise photos and impressive bokeh shots in just about any situation.

No, it’s not perfect, but no phone is. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor placement is still super annoying, and this phone is expensive. If those things don’t matter to you though, the Note 8 might be the right phone for you, as well as one of the best waterproof phones. Check out our full review below!

Specs

  • 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 521 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195 g

Read more


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!

The BEST from each category:

3.5K