There are plenty of reasons to be excited for the upcoming OnePlus 7 smartphones, but there is one question we’re sure some are asking: will it be water-resistant? Water-resistance used to be a feature only found on sporty/rugged handsets, but these days they have become rather common amongst flagship smartphones, so it is a valid question.
Unfortunately, we will never know exactly how water-resistant the upcoming OnePlus 7 smartphones will be simply because the company is refusing to apply for an IP rating for them. In the video below, OnePlus explains that applying for an IP rating means having to spend extra money which would make the phone cost more (an estimated additional cost of $30 per phone).
Instead, OnePlus thinks that a video which shows the OnePlus 7 being dunked into a bucket of water should be good enough to prove that it can resist water, at least to a certain extent We should note that when it comes to IP ratings, there are several levels of water-resistance ranging from a device that can stand a few water droplets on its screen, to a device that can stand full submersion underwater, so it’s not all the same.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei acknowledges that an IP rating would simplify things but ultimately claims that the video makes it more “relatable”.
“We know that an IP rating would be the simplest way to prove our phone’s capability, but the certification doesn’t help us communicate our focus on your real experience, which is why we created this direct and relatable video to show you what our water-resistant quality can actually bring to you in your real life in a more powerful way.”
He also points out that the company’s warranty does not cover water damage, so either way it’s probably best not to get your phone wet.