OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro Will Be Water Resistant, But Won’t Have An Official IP Rating
Chinese smartphone OEM OnePlus will launch its latest flagship devices, the OnePlus 7 and the Pro at multiple events across the world on the 14th of May. The company, on its official social media accounts, has been continuously dropping hints of what features the upcoming handsets will sport. In a fresh tweet, OnePlus has revealed that while both the smartphones will not have an official Ingress Protection (IP) rating, but will be water resistant to an extent. The company cites the cost of getting the devices officially certified as the reason behind this decision.
Water Resistance On The OnePlus 7 Series
Like mentioned above, the upcoming OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro will not have an official IP rating, but will still be water resistant to an extent. Notably, the OnePlus 6T also lacked an IP rating but was claimed to be water resistant equivalent to a rating of IP67. The rating signifies it is dust tight and impervious to immersion in water up to a depth of 1 meter. It is likely OnePlus will have increased the resistant rating to IP68 on the latest smartphones, which implies they will be dust-tight and resistant to immersion in water up to a depth of 1.5 meters.
However, even if the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are water and dust resistant according to the company’s internal testing, it is not advised for the device’s users to get them in contact with any liquids. This is because if the smartphones are accidentally damaged by any contact with water, it will not be covered with the manufacturer’s warranty. Interestingly, even the handsets that have a certified IP rating, like the Galaxy S10 lineup and the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, don’t cover water damage in warranties.
One upside to OnePlus not getting it’s upcoming OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro IP certified will be the costs. As the company claims in the video, getting a smartphone officially certified by an IP rating costs additional money. The company is generally known for its significantly affordable products than the competition, so the decision of not getting the OnePlus 7 series a water and dust resistant rating might suggest they will cost significantly less than the competition.