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OnePlus 5’s Water Resistance Confirmed by CEO and Water Test, but OnePlus is Not Advertising it

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 6

When OnePlus 5 was launched, the company did not mention whether it is a water-resistant phone. In the recent weeks, a French publication, some YouTubers and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau have all confirmed that the OnePlus 5 offers some degree of water resistance.

A YouTuber named Shaizor has done water test of OnePlus 5 on Techno Unboxing. He can be seen placing the OnePlus 5 in a bowl of water and starting a 60-second timer. He keeps on adding water until the OnePlus 5 is fully submerged. He tries to access the touchscreen screen of the phone but there is no feedback. However, the display remains on during the one-minute water test.

After the OnePlus 5 is removed from the bowl, its touchscreen functions properly and so are its Home button. There is no damage done to the camera. The OnePlus 5 successfully clears the water test.

OnePlus 5 teardown video released by JerryRigEverything reveals that the company has not used adhesive between screen and the frame. Also, there is no sealant around the SIM tray. This suggests that the OnePlus 5 may survive a water test of submerging it in a bowl of water, but it may not survive in real-world situations.

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According to a French publication, OnePlus 5’s water resistance can be certified as IP67. A IP67 rated device can remain undamaged even if it is submerged in 1 meter deep water for 30 minutes. The Apple iPhone 6S also offers the same level of water resistance, but the company never marketed this feature. Likewise, the OnePlus is not promoting the water resistance of OnePlus.

During a recent interview to Indian Express, when OnePlus CEO Pete Lau was asked whether the company skipped waterproofing to provide better thermal dissipation on OnePlus 5, he replied this is one of the smaller factors. Lau said that he does not feel that waterproofing is a major requirement for the consumer. He added that waterproofing a device increases its weight and makes it thicker. And also, he did confirm that OnePlus 5 offers certain degree of waterproofing, but the company choose not to advertise it.

Do you think waterproofing is one of the important features on a flagship phone? Do let us know your thoughts by adding comments below.

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  • Weng

    Well, i own ip7+ and never dare to put it under water, this feature is really necessary when i accidentally drop ip under water. So far as i concern, weather the phone comes with it or not, i will never put it under water. So for me waterproofing is not a must but drop resistant is a must where I dropped it more than submerged it.

  • inffy

    I cant think any reason why would you post something like this as a fact. OP5 is NOT, i repeat NOT, water resistant. It has no ratings for it, and the teardown videos clearly show it DOESN’T have any kind of sealing done.

    How on earth can you post something like this. OP will not exchange or repair anything considering water damage to warranty.

    • Yuki Core

      He’s mad for attention, that’s why. This is ridiculous, I don’t just trust a headline, but this is beyond idiotic, writing a false fact in a headline as a statement. Edit or remove this at once!

  • Mac Shah

    Ya it is…whn a good competitors like xiaomi and nubia flagship provides it.
    Why not india both of them have still not released mi 6 and nubia z17..
    Waiting for them to come..just bcoz water resistant is an important feature for day to day use

  • androwin

    Be careful because this phone is not water resistant but only splash-resistant and OP will not replace it if they discovered it was submerged in water.

    Xperias are the best when it comes to water resistance since many tests show it survives even in 3 meters deep for as long as one and a half hour (1:30.00).

  • Deepak

    My new OP5 just a month old is water damaged and the phone is now useless. I have no idea why a flagship phone like this has no proper protection for internal circuit. So guys, this is phone is not water resistant.