Best smartphones resistant to water
Best smartphones resistant to water

Summer is a particularly dangerous time for mobile phones: prolonged exposure to the sun, high temperatures, splashes, water sports, the treacherous tide or even a dive forgetting that you carry it in the pocket of the swimsuit. Although most of the high-end phones are resistant to some extent to water, there are still many that are not.

And is that water resistance is one of those premium features that we usually find in flagship of the major phone manufacturers, however there are also in the market low and mid-range smartphones with IP68 certification. They are not the last of the latest in terms of panels, processors or optics, but they guarantee a good user experience on a day-to-day basis.

Below we show you which smartphones are submersible for less than 400 dollar. Do we leave one?

Go safely: certifications and meaning

To know the resistance to water and dust of mobile phones or wearables IP certification is used, which allocates the first figure to detail how much it is able to withstand dust and the second for the same with water. The larger the figure, the more protection you will have. So we distinguish:

Dust resistance

  • IP0X: without special protection.
  • IP1X: protected against solid objects> 50 mm in diameter.
  • IP2X: protected against solid objects> 12.5 mm in diameter.
  • IP3X: protected against solid objects> 2.5 mm in diameter.
  • IP4X: protected against solid objects> 1 mm in diameter.
  • IP5X: protected against dust; Limited entry (no harmful deposits).
  • IP6X: complete protection against dust.


  • IPX0: without special protection.
  • IPX1: protected against spilled water.
  • IPX2: protected against spilled water when tilted up to 15 degrees from its normal position.
  • IPX3: protected against water spray.
  • IPX4: protected against splashing water.
  • IPX5: protected against water in jets under pressure.
  • IPX6: protected against high pressure jets.
  • IPX7: protected against the effects of immersion.
  • IPX8: protected against immersion to a certain depth, specified by the manufacturer, typically up to 3 meters.

Can I take my phone to the beach or the pool without fear?

The million dollar question. It is true that the manufacturers talk about resistance to water, but it is not the same as fresh water, sea water or even chlorinated water from a pool.

The seas and oceans are full of salt water and salt is precisely one of the staunch enemies of electronic components due to its corrosive power and its great conductivity. That is to say, that your phone may be waterproof and you can get into the sea with it and that when you leave it, keep working. A phone properly protected against leaks will do so, so the internal circuits will be safe, but what about the connectors that are in sight? If there are, we have a serious problem because the salt could have entered them. The only solution is to clean its components with isopropyl alcohol and let it dry.

And in a pool? As you well know, pool water has a certain concentration of chlorine to eliminate micro-organisms. Chlorine is an oxidizing agent with the potential to destroy an electrical circuit, however, in high concentrations and / or a temperature of at least 110 degrees. In any case, it is recommended to wash with fresh water afterwards.

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After reading this, maybe you think twice about taking it without fear of the sea or the pool. In fact, the IP67 or IP68 certifications serve mostly to avoid specific accidents, not for aquatic use. However, it is recommended to read the respective manufacturer’s manuals to see how far your devices arrive. So if you want to take pictures under the water, it is best to get a submersible case.

Smartphones with IP68 certification for less than 400 dollar

1Samsung Galaxy XCover 4

The first Samsung on the list is the Galaxy XCover 4, the fourth generation of the Xcover range generated by the South Koreans, an ultra-resistant phone model optimal for extreme situations as it not only has the IP 68 certification, but has also complied the 14 tests of the standard of the North American army MIL-STD 810G.

This phone is not only waterproof, it can also be worn with gloves under heavy rain. Otherwise we have a fairly basic phone with a design closer to the old Samsung than the current, almost without borders. Its price is $ 279.00 on Amazon.

screen 4.9 “TFT
Processor Exynos 7570
Internal memory 16 GB
Cameras 13 MP rear with 8 MP auto focus and front
Battery 2,350 mAh
Price $ 279.00

2Samsung Galaxy A3

Just a step above the basic range of Samsung is this Galaxy A3, which with just over half a year since its launch is an alternative for those users who are looking for a trotón, compact and solvent phone, which is also certified IP68, also has fingerprint reader. Yes, forget Android Oreo, you have to settle for Android 6.0.

Probably the best of the Galaxy A3 is its screen, which although it is small – especially if we compare it with its older brothers – is Super AMOLED. The A3 is elegant to the naked eye, with a housing made of metal and glass and very pleasant to the touch. And inside, its specifications provide acceptable performance. Its price is $ 249.99.

screen 4.7 “Super AMOLED HD resolution 1,280 x 720 pixels 312 dpi
Processor Exynos 7870 Octa octa-core at 1.6 GHz
Internal memory 16 GB
Cameras Rear of 13 MP and front of 8 MP
Battery 2,350 mAh
Price $ 249.99

3Samsung Galaxy A5

The secret of the success of the South Koreans is to diversify the market by attacking all fronts. And it is that for $ 275.99 it is difficult to find another terminal with the quality of the Samsung Galaxy A5 screen, a full-range mid-range. It also has water and dust resistance guaranteed with IP68 certification, fast loading, NFC and the solvency of one of the most popular brands that exist.

As the only snag of this terminal is so balanced is its operating system, the old Android Marshmallow.

screen 5.2 “Super AMOLED Resolution 1920×1080 (424 ppp)
Processor Exynos 7880
Internal memory 32 GB
Cameras Main 16 MP (f1.9) without optical stabilization. Front of 16 MP (f1.9) without autofocus
Battery 3,000 mAh with fast charge
Price $ 275.99

4Sony Xperia XZ

The Xperia XZ is not a smartphone that is going to draw attention for its design, quite far from the current fashion of infinite edges, but it does so for how robust it is. With IP68 certification, we are facing a phone that is immersion proof, dustproof and quite resistant to falls.

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It is not the most current phone, although its launch dates from autumn 2016 and has Android 6 as operating system, but it has a good camera and it is a fairly balanced device of the high range of that year. Its price is $399.95 on Amazon.

screen 5.2 “LCD with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Internal memory 32 GB
Camera Main of 23 MP and front of 13 MP. 1080p video recording at 30 fps
Battery 2,900 mAh
Price $399.95

5Motorola Moto X4

If you thought it was not possible to find a phone in this price range with dual camera, fast charging and IP68 certification, it’s because you still did not know about the Moto X4. With less than a year in the market, this terminal manufactured by Lenovo has in its interior with Android 7 and Alexa as virtual assistant and Android 7.

Beyond that, the Moto X4 is an average range of the most common we can find, integrating the little known Snapdragon as a processor. Yes, it is more than enough for the day to day of an average user. Its price is $ 289.99

screen 5.2 “AMOLED Full HD
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Internal memory 32 GB
Cameras Dual 12 + 8 MP. 4K video Front 16 MP
Battery 3,000 mAh with fast charge
Price $ 289.99

6CAT S31

CAT, the famous manufacturer of caterpillars, excavators and machinery also has in its catalog of telephones with the same industrial essence as the rest of its products. If there is a word that defines CAT S31, that is survival. In addition to complying with the IP68 certification, it also conforms to MIL-SPEC 810G military standards.

It is manufactured with materials so resistant that they support falls, spots and dives. Its screen is optimized to be used with great solar exposure, with humidity and with gloves. Your cameras can take pictures under the water, even if they are not wonderful. Its battery is 4,000 mAh to last for days. But under this halo of resistance hides a fluid device with Android Nougat. Its price is $ 329.99 in Amazon.

screen 4.7 “HD 720 IPS. Super Bright Display. Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Qualcomm MSM8909 Quad core
Internal memory 16 GB
Cameras Rear of 8 MP and front of 2 MP
Battery 4.000 mAh
Price $ 329.99

7LG G6

At first glance, the LG G6 proposal is much more than an IP68 certification. And it is difficult to find in its price range a compact phone with such a large screen. We are facing a high range last year and it shows.

With a rugged Gorilla Glass 5 glass housing and smoothed lines, the LG G6 surprised us in our review for its elegance and ergonomics. Its price is $ 377.98 on Amazon.

screen IPS LCD 5.7 inches with resolution 2,880 x 1,440 pixels (564ppp)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Internal memory 32 / 64GB
Cameras Double camera of 13 MP. 5 MP front camera
Battery 3,300 mAh
Price $ 377.98
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8Samsung Galaxy A8 2018

The Samsung A range is crowned by the Samsung Galaxy A8, a phone that convinces at first glance by its design, fluidity and of course, its resistance to water and dust proof through IP68 certification.

And is that in the eyes of anyone, this Samsung Galaxy A8 can be confused with the Samsung S8, the high-end of the Koreans last year. Its screen AMOLED, Android 7 and the dual camera for selfies are some of the arguments to convince the average user. From $ 359.99 on Amazon.

screen Super AMOLED 5.6 inches
Processor Exynos 7885
Internal memory 32 GB / 64 GB
Cameras Rear 16 MP with opening f / 1.7. Front: dual 16 + 8 MP aperture f / 1.9
Battery 3.050 mA
Price $ 359.99

9Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

Sony is traditionally the brand par excellence for water resistance in mobile devices, although its design is still in the debit of the Japanese.

It is not a modern aesthetic but the Sony XZ1 Compact continues to deliver what it promises: a fluid experience, a compact and consolidated aesthetic and a more than acceptable optics taking into account the know-how of the Japanese firm. Its price is $ 359.99 on Amazon.

screen 4.6 “HD with image refinement technology
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core
Internal memory 32 GB
Cameras 19MP MotionEye camera with ExmorRS sensor. 4K recording and slow motion of 960 fps. Front of 8 MP wide angle
Battery 2,700 mAh with fast charge
Price $ 359.99

10Sony Xperia X Performance

The Sony Xperia X Performance belongs to the especially strong and powerful line Performance.

Of course, with almost two years in the market does not seem the best option within the available of the Japanese brand, mostly because although in terms of design is quite similar to the XZ, are missing features such as fast charging. However, it is a good option for those looking for a robust, solvent and compact phone that is especially durable in the event of unexpected water. Its price is $ 229.99 on Amazon.

screen 5-inch IPS LCD with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution (441 ppi)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Internal memory 32 GB
Cameras 23MP camera and 13 MP front. Video recording at 1080p at 30 fps
Battery 2,700 mAh
Price $ 229.99

11CAT S41

If the CAT S31 was quite a survivor, the CAT S41 are big words. Its battery is so large that it allows you to charge other devices through the battery sharing feature. Of course, it has IP68 certification and the standard of the North American army, dustproof, waterproof, falls of almost two meters to the hard concrete, heat blows and salt spray.

Also, the CAT S41 also improves its little brother with a screen with greater diagonal, better optics, more storage capacity and RAM. CAT S41 has Android Nougat as operating system and also has dual SIM. Its price is $ 425.00 in Amazon.

screen 52 FHD (1920 x 1080) TFT with wet finger technology / gloves
Processor MTK P20 MT6757 Octacore 2.3GHz
Internal memory 32 GB
Cameras Rear of 13 MP with autofocus and flash. Front of 8 MP with fixed focus
Battery 5,000 mAh
Price $ 425.00


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