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Google’s Pixel phones won’t be very water-resistant

by Brandon Russell | September 21, 2016September 21, 2016 4:47 pm PST

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Phones that are resistant to the elements are becoming a hot commodity and Apple’s iPhone 7 is the latest smartphone to adopt this trend. You’d expect Google to follow suit when its Pixel devices are announced next month but a new report from Android Police has drowned the hopes of would-be owners.

According to the report, Google’s upcoming Pixel phones will be rated IP53, which is about the lowest possible rating a device can achieve of Ingress Protection. For comparison, Apple’s new iPhone 7 is rated IP67, which protects the device from temporary submersion. The Pixel devices will only be “dust protected,” too, as opposed to being completely “dust tight.”

If the report is true, the Pixel phones will be protected from spraying water, which means they’ll be fine when exposed to a light rain. Just don’t expect the devices to survive if they’re submerged.

Considering Samsung’s devices are pushing into IP68 territory, it’s surprising Google wouldn’t make this feature a higher priority. For what it’s worth, the HTC 10 also featured an IP53 rating. In the context of the Pixel that’s really no surprise seeing as reports peg HTC as the company assisting Google with the new handsets.

If the cheapest Pixel winds up being $649, would you purchase one if it only had an IP53 rating? We’ll find out more about these new devices at Google’s Oct. 4 event.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...