OnePlus 6 Is Water-Resistant After All, But Don't Push It


The OnePlus 6 is the company's latest and greatest flagship killer, and it turns out that it sports some degree of water resistance too, although it's not advertised.

Most flagship smartphones with top-notch specs also come with a special rating for dust and water resistance to ensure extra durability. Since flagships come with high prices, durability is important to make it worth the investment.

Not all flagships come with water and dust resistance, however, and this can be a notable drawback for those looking for some extra assurance that their device will not break that easily.

OnePlus 6 Has No IP Rating

The OnePlus 6 made its debut earlier this month and it's marketed as "splash-resistant," which means it should be able to withstand a small splash, but there's no IP rating mentioned.

No OnePlus flagship has had an IP certification so far, although otherwise, they can pose serious competition to other flagships on the market. On the other hand, although OnePlus has yet to offer IP-certified devices, it doesn't mean that its smartphones are as prone to damage as one might imagine.

OnePlus 6 iFixit Teardown Reveals Water Resistance

Even with no IP rating, it seems that the OnePlus 6 is more resistant than initially marketed, according to the latest teardown. Each time a new flagship device hits the market, the folks over at iFixit take it upon themselves to tear it down and see what makes it tick, as well as how difficult it would be to repair in case of damage.

The OnePlus 6 teardown reveals that the smartphone is, in fact, quite prepared to take a small shower and it shouldn't suffer any damage. The phone's internals are not left vulnerable to the elements despite the lack of an IP certification, and everything seems to be properly sealed.

According to the iFixit teardown, the OnePlus 6 has a rubber gasket in the SIM tray so that water will not seep in and damage the card. The flex cable sockets, meanwhile, all have silicone seals around them for protection, so they should be safe with medium exposure to the elements.

Don't Overdo It

In other words, the OnePlus 6 will be able to withstand an occasional splash or dive without taking any damage, but don't overdo it. It's one thing to be caught out in the rain, and a whole other thing to take the phone into the pool for a swim.

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