Google’s Pixel phones are expected to be launched on October 4 at an event in San Francisco. It is being said that the company might stamp its latest phones with a ‘Pixel’ brand instead of the ‘Nexus’ that was used in the past for Android smartphones. The pricing for the 5-inch Pixel phone has been tipped to start from roughly Rs. 43,500.
Water resistance is one of the features one can expect while buying a new smartphone. In fact, all flagship phones be it latest Galaxy flagships from Samsung or the new iPhone 7 that are potential competitors of the Google Pixel smartphones, are water resistant to some degree. So, how can one expect Google to come up with phones that lack proper water resistance?
According to rumor mills, the dust and water resistance rating of Google’s upcoming Pixel smartphones will be IP53 that means these phones could not be termed as water-resistant by their manufacturers. These phones lack extra protection against water and dust.
The recently launched Apple iPhone 7 is rated as IP67, that means heavy downpour or splash of water would not effectively damage the device. But an IP53 device might get effectively damaged during heavy downpour or with a splash of water. However, this does not mean that an IP53 rating will not be able to function well after you pulled it out to see a text message in rain.
So, what does an IP53 rating signifies? It means a device is more prone to damage from water when it is lying down in a horizontal position. The will not suffer damage from water if it is held at an angle not more than 60 degrees from the vertical while being sprayed by low-pressure water, similar to rain.
Moreover, a device with ‘IP53’ rating also means though it is not dust proof, it is safe from dust to a point that it is extremely unlikely that the internals of the device will be damaged from it.