What is IP Rating & List of Waterproof Phones & Tablets

There is no doubt that smartphones are getting more and more durable with the time. There are some smartphones out there that can even resist dust and water. These dust proof and waterproof smartphones adds the extra reliability factor to them. Well it must be noted that these waterproof phones are not completely waterproof. This means they do resist water but to a certain extent or level and beyond that level the water may penetrate in the mobile phone body. While it is not the case with dust as it can be made completely dust proof.


The technical term that is used to specify the level of dust and water resistance in a smartphone is IP Rating. Here I will explain you in detail about the IP Rating, Types of IP Ratings in a mobile phone and what does it signifies. Also I will provide you the list of popular dust proof and waterproof smartphones having different IP ratings.

What is IP Rating in Mobile Phones?

IP or Ingress Protection Rating is an International standard developed to specify the levels of protection that a device has from dust and water. The word ‘Ingress’ means entering and here we apply this to specify the protection levels for mobile phones or smartphones. The IP rating is specified by a two digit number followed by IP.

For example,


Here the first digit specifies the degree of protection from dust and the second digit specifies the degree or extent of protection from fresh water. In the above example the digit 6 specifies the level of protection from dust and 8 indicates the level of protection from water.

There are maximum 6 levels of dust protection and 8 levels of protection from water. Here below are the complete details of the various levels of dust and water protection IP ratings.

Note: IP rating for waterproof phones are specified only for fresh water that include rain water, lake water, river water etc.. It is not applicable to saline water.

IP rating for Protection from Dust and Solid Objects

Here are the various IP ratings for protection from dust and solid objects.

IP Rating Protection Level
IP0X No special protection from dust.
IP1X Protection against solid objects greater than 50mm in diameter.
IP2X Protection against solid objects greater than 12.5mm in diameter.
IP3X Protection against solid objects greater than 2.5mm in diameter.
IP4X Protection against solid objects greater than 1mm in diameter.
IP5X Protection from Dust but some penetration may be there (no harmful deposit).
IP6X Complete Protection from Dust. Totally Sealed unit..

*Here the X signifies any number from 1 to 8 that is used to denote IP rating for fresh water. For zero you can use X only.

IP rating for Protection from Fresh Water

Here are the various IP ratings for protection from fresh water.

IP Rating Protection Level
IPX0 No special protection from water.
IPX1 Protection against dripping water.
IPX2 Protection against dripping water when tilted up to 15 degrees from normal position.
IPX3 Protection against spraying water.
IPX4 Protection against splashing water.
IPX5 Protection against low-pressure water jet spray for at least 3 minutes.
IPX6 Protection against heavy jet spray for at least 3 minutes.
IPX7 Protection against the effects of immersion of device at depths of up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes.
IPX8 Protection against the effects of continued immersion of the device in water at depths greater than 1 metre. The exact conditions are specified for each device by the phone manufacturer.

*Here the X signifies any number from 1 to 6 that is used to denote IP rating for dust and solid objects.

*The water for which the IP rating is specified is fresh water only.

IP Rating for Maximum Protection

The maximum IP rating that a device can have is IP68. The phone with IP68 Rating will be completely dust proof and is protected against water to depths of up to 1 meter.

List of Waterproof Mobile Phones with their IP Ratings

Here is the complete list of popular smartphones and tablets with their IP ratings.

Name of PhoneIP Rating
Apple iPhone 7Waterproof
Apple iPhone 7 PlusWaterproof
Apple iPhone 7 ProWaterproof
Cat S60IP68
HP Elite x3IP67
HTC Butterfly 3IP57
HTC Desire EyeIPX7
Motorola Droid Maxx 2IP52
Motorola Moto G Dual SIM (3rd Gen)IPX7
Motorola Moto G Turbo EditionIP67
Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)IPX7
Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)IP52
Motorola Moto X Play Dual SIMIP52
Motorola Moto X StyleIP52
Motorola Nexus 6water resistant
Motorola X PlayIP52
Samsun Galaxy Note 7IP68
Samsung Galaxy 7IP68
Samsung Galaxy 7 EdgeIP68
Samsung Galaxy S5IP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 (octa-core)IP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 ActiveIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 DuosIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A G906SIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 miniIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 NeoIP67
Samsung Galaxy S6 ActiveIP68
Samsung Galaxy S7 ActiveIP68
Samsung Galaxy S7 miniIP68
Samsung Galaxy S8IP68
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3IP67
Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 ActiveIP67
Sony Xperia goIP67
Sony Xperia M2 AquaIP68
Sony Xperia M4 AquaIP68
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua DualIP68
Sony Xperia M5IP68
Sony Xperia M5 DualIP68
Sony Xperia VIP57
Sony Xperia X PerformanceIP68
Sony Xperia ZIP57
Sony Xperia Z UltraIP58
Sony Xperia Z1IP58
Sony Xperia Z1 CompactIP58
Sony Xperia Z2IP58
Sony Xperia Z3IP68
Sony Xperia Z3 CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z3 DualIP68
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z3+IP68
Sony Xperia Z3+ DualIP68
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTEIP68
Sony Xperia Z4 CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z4vIP68
Sony Xperia Z5IP68
Sony Xperia Z5 CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z5 DualIP68
Sony Xperia Z5 PremiumIP68
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium DualIP68
Sony Xperia ZRIP58

From the above table you can see that Sony has the maximum number of waterproof phones and tablets in the market right now. Next comes the Motorola. If you have any queries regarding IP rating and waterproof mobile phones then you can ask me by leaving a comment below.

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