A lot of phones these days are water-resistant to a certain degree, where their official water-resistant ratings hover between IP67 or IP68. OnePlus, on the other hand, does not. This doesn’t mean that their phones break at the first drop of water, but because they are not officially certified, you can’t really fault the company if your phone gets spoilt when it drops in the pool.
That could change with the OnePlus 8 because according to a recent tweet by leakster Max J. on Twitter, he seems to suggest that the upcoming OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro could finally be getting an official IP rating. Whether or not this will be an IP67 or IP68 rating remains to be seen, but it probably won’t make too big of a difference for most people.
— Max Jambor (@MaxJmb) February 15, 2020
In case you need a bit of clarification, an IP67 rating means that the phone can withstand water immersion of up to 1 meter in depth for up to 30 minutes. IP68 allows for immersion in water of a depth greater than 1 meter, but exactly how deep will depend on the manufacturer to specify. This, for the most part, should cover accidental drops in the pool or accidental spills, but probably not the best idea to take it deep sea diving.
If the tweet is true, it could mark a second “first” for OnePlus.
The company had previously (and stubbornly) held off on wireless charging for its smartphones, calling the tech “inferior”, but recently it was discovered that the company had joined the Wireless Power Consortium, lending speculation that the OnePlus 8 could finally introduce the feature.