The Google Pixel and Pixel XL come with IP53 splash resistance, and this means little when it comes to actual certification because the Pixel phone certification means that it can only withstand small splashes and squirts of water. IP53 is nowhere near as water-resistant as, say, the IP67 certification of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, or the IP68 certification of the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7 Active, and the Galaxy Note 7 (now “deceased”). With that said, though, one blogger in particular decided to put the IP53 splash resistance of one Pixel phone to the test. The results are interesting, so let’s get to it.
The YouTuber, Harris Craycraft, decided to test out the IP53 splash resistance. First, he took his Pixel phone and decided to sprinkle it with some water (some small water spraying). Of course, the phone fared just fine, which is what you’d expect of an IP53 splash resistance. Next, Craycraft placed his Pixel phone into a bowl of water for 30 minutes — and, surprisingly, the device lasted and worked fine when he pulled it out the water.
Now, Craycraft does challenge consumers to not test this out on their own for fear of killing their Pixel phone, but he does say that his Pixel phone worked just fine after the water submersion. With IP53 certification, you cannot assume that your device will survive a 30-minute swim in a small glass bowl, for example, so it’s best not to test this out if you don’t have to. At the same time, though, it is comforting to know that there’s a slight possibility your Pixel phone could survive water if you accidentally found your phone submerged underwater.
Aside from their IP53 splash resistance, Google’s new Pixel phones come with 5-inch and 5.5-inch, Quad HD AMOLED displays, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32/128GB of internal storage, an 8MP front camera, 16MP back camera, and a 3,450mAh battery with Android 7.1 Nougat (yes, that’s right; 7.0 Nougat has been updated).
You can see more by viewing Harris’s YouTube video below.