Great as the OnePlus 7 Pro is, there’s one factor concerning the phone that has been bugging us. OnePlus claims that the phone is water-resistant to some degree, even though it does not have an official IP rating, however, we’re never advised just how water-resistant the phone actually is. To find out if the device can indeed survive a dunk, we set out to test the OnePlus 7 Pro’s water resistance to the point where it eventually dies.
Earning Editors’ Choice for its fast processor, smooth display and a great camera, the OnePlus 7 Pro is one of our favorite phones of the year. However, unlike other premium phones, it hasn’t gone through rigorous IP testing for water durability. In a 2018 interview about the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau mentioned the corporate skipped out on this because of these tests cost money – money that OnePlus would pass on to its customers.
“The variety of users which are taking their phone to go swimming are few and far between,” stated Lau. To have everybody else pay extra “for the sake of an IP rating” in order to accommodate the one consumer who goes off and swims with their phone is “unreasonable,” in keeping with Lau. At the time, Lau estimated that an IP rating would add about $30 extra per phone.
The rationale is somewhat contradictory since the value of OnePlus phones, although they’re still extra affordable than the corporate’s high-end rivals, has been steadily increasing year over year.
In another curious move, when OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 Pro, it launched a video where it dunked the phone in a bucket of water. It then showed a disclaimer saying that the company makes “no guarantees regarding water/liquid resistance” and that its guarantee does not cover water damage. Other phone makers have an identical policy for their water-resistant phones too. However, it was still a head-scratcher of a video for OnePlus to make.