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Last updated 28th August 2018

If you’re looking for a phone that’s built to take a splash – whether at the beach or the building site – you’re in the right place. Our handy reviews let you easily compare the top models at a glance, see which is most waterproof, and decide which is best for you.

  • Samsung Galaxy S9

  • iPhone X

  • Sony Xperia XZ2

  • Huawei P20

  • Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung’s latest release has it all. It’s got a brilliant camera, stunning Infinity Display, and it’s waterproof up to 1.5 metres – able to survive at these depths for 30 minutes.

Capacity: 64GB | Display: 6.2 inches | Dust and water resistance rating: IP68 I Chip: Octa-core Exynos 9810 | Main camera: 12-megapixel dual lens, 2x optical zoom, dual aperture | Video recording: up to 960 fps in Slo-mo mode | Front camera: 8-megapixels
 
•    Water resistant up to 1.5 metres
•    Able to survive full immersion for up to 30 minutes
•    Able to survive splashing from shower
•    Dust proof
 
If you’re looking for a phone to match your adventurous lifestyle, then the Samsung Galaxy S9 is a great choice. With a camera that works brilliantly in low light, has 2x optical zoom, and shoots up to 960 frames per second, it’ll capture all the action even in testing conditions. And the fun doesn’t stop when it gets wet. It can survive full immersion in up to 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes – so you don’t need to worry if you get caught in the rain.

iPhone X

iPhone X has all the high tech features you’d expect from the latest generation iPhone, including durable glass, wireless charging and water resistance up to 1 metre. 
Capacity: 64GB/256GB | Display: 5.8 inches | Dust and water resistance rating: IP67 I Chip: A11 Bionic chip | Main camera: 12-megapixel dual lenses, 2x optical zoom, wide angle | Video recording: up to 240 fps in Slo-mo mode | Front camera: 7-megapixels
 
•    Water resistant up to 1 metre
•    Able to survive full immersion for up to 30 minutes
•    Able to survive splashing from shower
•    Dust proof
 
With features including intelligent 3D face recognition (letting you unlock your phone with a glance) a dual lens camera with 2x optical zoom, a portrait studio to seriously up your selfie game and more, iPhone X is a great companion for those who live life to the fullest. Plus, its IP67 rating means you don’t have to even worry about water damage if it gets wet. It can survive for 30 minutes in up to 1 metre of water, and its fully dust-proof too.
 

Sony Xperia XZ2

Not only is the new Sony Xperia XZ2 dust and water resistant up to 1.5 metres, but it can also withstand low pressure water jets.
Capacity: 64GB | Display: 5.5 inches | Dust and water resistance rating: IP65/68 I Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Main camera: 19-megapixel | Video recording: up to 960 fps in Slo-mo mode | Front camera: 13-megapixels
 
•    Water resistant up to 1.5 metres
•    Can survive full immersion for up to 30 minutes
•    Can survive low-pressure jets of water
•    Dust proof
 
Sony’s premium smartphone of 2018, the Xperia XZ2, is surprisingly rugged. It’s been tested with (and survived) both low pressure water jets and immersion in 1.5 metres of water. So you can enjoy all its great features – including a new, advanced Motion eye camera, that can shoot in 4K HDR or super slow-motion, take stunning still shots, even in low light, and more – without letting rain stop play. 
 
huawei p20 pro

Huawei P20 Pro

With a ground-breaking AI-powered 40-megapixel camera, and the ability to withstand rain and a meter of water, the Huawei P20 Pro is an excellent choice.
Capacity: 128GB | Display: 6.1 inches | Dust and water resistance rating: IP67 I Chip: Kirin 970 | Main camera: AI powered triple camera (40-megapixel main lens, 20-megapixel black and white, 8-megapixel zoom | Video recording: up to 960 fps in Slo-mo mode | Front camera: 24-megapixel
 
•    Water resistant up to 1 metre
•    Can survive full immersion for up to 30 minutes
•    Can survive splashing from shower
•    Dust proof
 
With its IP67 rating, the Huawei P20 Pro can take a quick dunk in up to a metre of water and handle a splash of rain. This stunning smartphone boasts an AI-powered 40-megapixel triple camera that performs better in low light than the human eye. So it can even detect what you’re photographing and adjust its settings automatically to get the best shot. So while it’s not the most waterproof phone on this list, the Huawei P20 Pro is a very strong contender for photography fans.
 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 certainly holds its own against the Galaxy S9. With a bigger screen and a high-tech stylus, the Note 8 is also water resistant up to 1.5 metres.
Capacity: 64GB | Display: 6.3 inches | Dust and water resistance rating: IP68 I Chip: Exynos 8895 | Main camera: 12-megapixel | Video recording: up to 240fps | Front camera: 8-megapixel
 
•    Water resistant up to 1.5 metres
•    Can survive full immersion for up to 30 minutes
•    Can survive splashing from shower
•    Dust proof
 
The Galaxy Note 8 shares many of the features of the S9 Plus, but also has a stylus that gives added features. Simply release the ‘S-Pen’ from the phone and the dedicated menu pops up – you can even scribble a quick note on the home screen when it’s locked. A great phone for busy people who need to stay organised, the Note 8 can take a splash – or even a dip – and keep on performing. Just make sure you dry out the screen before you write on it.
 

Choosing the right waterproof phone for you

All of the phones on this page offer protection against water damage – but which is the best for you? Each has something unique to offer.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 has a dual aperture camera that adapts to different light conditions – so it’s great for capturing the highlights of your active lifestyle, day or night. iPhone X has a range of augmented reality apps to help you navigate through your day – whether in the city or out in the wild.

Sony Xperia XZ2 has a super slow-motion camera that will let you re-live your adventures in amazing detail, while the Huawei P20 Pro has a ground-breaking camera that uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to help you take professional-looking pictures with ease. The Galaxy Note 8, with its multi-function stylus, is a great option for busy people who like to stay organised, in and out of the office.

Whichever you choose, you can relax knowing it’s certified against immersion in up to at least a metre of water, so if it takes a dip it won’t ruin your day.