Well that’s annoying. New reports claim that Google’s upcoming pair of Pixel phones won’t be water-resistant, giving iPhone 7 users something new to boast about.
According to Android Police, the new handsets will be IP53-rated, meaning they’ll have a good chance of surviving a dust storm, but will drown in a puddle of water. Or a filled sink. Toilets too.
It’s the 3 in IP53 that’s got everyone worried. According to the proper authorities, that digit means that the phones will continue to work normally if you spray water ‘at any angle up to 60° from the vertical’ at them. Simply put, they should do alright in the rain.
It's also worth noting that the HTC 10 has that same IP53 rating, and isn’t even marketed as being water-resistant. The iPhone 7, meanwhile, is IP67-rated, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 is IP68-rated.
Google's set to launch little (aka normal-sized) and large versions of the Pixel on October 4th. [Android Police]