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On a boring Sunday, I was scrolling through Google and decided to search for the best waterproof devices in 2020; only to find devices such as the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, Samsung S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, One plus 8 Pro and the Oppo Find X2 Pro.
I asked myself, are these phones really waterproof? So, I did some digging and discovered IP ratings, ATM ratings and MIL-STD-810G standards.
All three of these ratings guarantee water resistance and dust resistance only.
Here’s what it all means.
A 100% waterproof phone is just a myth unless the manufacturers start protecting the electronic components inside the devices with a futuristic nano-coating that repels water.
Currently, most manufacturers are just sealing every opening on the device to keep water out; this is simply just making them water-resistant and not waterproof.
IP stands for Ingress Protection; IP codes define this. IP codes are a set of standards set by the International Electronic Commission (IEC).
We have the IP and two digits; IPxx; the first number after the IP indicates the level of protection against particles such as dust. The second digit indicates the level of protection against liquids such as water.
Most flagships such as the Apple iPhone 12, Samsung S20 Ultra, Huawei P40 Pro, One Plus 8 Pro and Oppo Find X2 Pro come standard with an IP68 rating.
Better known as ATM ratings, they are five common levels; 0, 3, 5, 10 and 20. Level 0, meaning zero meters below sea level, no water allowed on a device with ATM spec 0.
Level 3, a device under ATM level 3, can survive showers such as drizzle, rain, and splash. Level 5, with an ATM level, rated device you can dive into a pool, go swimming, shower with it, walk in the snow or rain.
Level 10, ideal for water sport such as surfing, snorkelling and a good swimming partner. Level 20, used for high impact water sport such as diving.
The last specification is MIL-STD-810G; this is a military-grade specification that will give you a certain level of durability.
With all these levels and grades, they do not guarantee that the device will be waterproof. The best they can offer is water resistance.