The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are still two of the best smartphones you can buy right now. They fall short of the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 in one major way, though. Neither are as water-resistant as the iPhone 7 (IP67) and the Galaxy S7 (IP68). That may change with the Google Pixel 2.
9to5Mac’s Stephen Hall, who warns that he tweeted the following information because it’s still not corroborated, said he learned in October that the Pixel 2 will be water resistant. Hall suggests that Google ultimately decided to bail on the feature on the Google Pixel because of time and cost constraints. Fair enough, and it didn’t end up damaging the Pixel’s reputation too much, which just goes to show how amazing the hardware and software really are.
It was both a time constraint and an “internal conflict between hardware (namely, camera) and/or
waterproofing vs. price point”.
— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) January 25, 2017
Currently IP53 rated
The Pixel and Pixel XL are technically IP53 rated, which means they’re protected against dust and spraying water, but not splashing water (IPX4), water jets (IPX5), powerful water jets (IPX6) or submersion in water (IPX7). A lot of phones actually have some sort of really lower IP rating that’s not enough to advertise them as being “water resistant.” The rumor suggests that Google is going to boost the protection against water so that it can actually make those claims.
The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 will almost certainly continue to be water resistant, which means all new phones should really start adding the feature if they plan to compete. The greater ingress protection ratings are a win for consumers since it means the phones are far less prone to damage from rain, spills, dunks in the pool or other accidents.