With the Galaxy S7, Samsung proved that a beautiful metal phone could also be water-resistant. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the HTC 10, an otherwise impressive aluminum handset with a meager IP53 rating.
— Jeff Gordon (@urbanstrata) April 12, 2016
According to Jeff Gordon, HTC’s senior global online communications manager, the new phone can stand up to just the smallest amount of water. The 3 in IP53 means the device is safe from a “spray” of water depending on the angle, but a heavier splash could seriously damage your smartphone. Meanwhile, the 5 means it’s dust protected, but not totally airtight.
When asked why HTC couldn’t match Samsung in water-resistance, Gordon explained that the company had to balance the IP rating with its “best metal design.” That’s not totally satisfactory since the Galaxy S7 is also a sleek metal (and glass) handset, but there’s not much we can do about it at this point.
Maybe the company will find a solution in time for next year’s flagship phone. In the meantime, if you do pick up the HTC 10, just be aware that it won’t hold up to more than a small spritz of water.