OnePlus dunked its new phone in water, but says you shouldn’t do that

Today, OnePlus released a teaser video of its next star phone that fell into a bucket of water. "Water resistance ratings for phones cost money," reads the text that appears on the screen. "We buy something less expensive." The place clearly implies that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have some level of water resistance, even if the company has not gone through the formal IP certification process.

Pause the video for the last few moments and note the small print at the bottom: "Water resistant under optimal test conditions OnePlus offers no guarantees with respect to water / liquid resistance". And like other smart phone manufacturers (even those that are IP67 or IP68 certified), OnePlus notes that water damage is not covered by its standard warranty.

oneplus dunked its new phone in water but says you shouldnt do that

The next OnePlus 7 Pro.
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What was intended to evoke emotion with the latest OnePlus device in its place has baffled some of the company's fans, who point to the growing cost of OnePlus phones every year as a sufficient reason to seek proper certification, such as Samsung, Apple, LG, Google and others. To avoid further upheavals, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has published a blog post about the video.

"We know that an IP rating would be the simplest way to demonstrate the capability of our phone, but certification does not help us communicate our focus on their actual experience, so we created this direct and relatable video to show you" Lo that our water-resistance quality can give you real life in a more powerful way, "Pei wrote, stating that OnePlus" never stopped improving our design and testing to make sure that we can finally experience our quality of water resistance "It is true that there are many videos on YouTube of previous OnePlus phones that survive spills and capsize without immediate problems."

However, Pei ends his publication with a warning by emphasizing that OnePlus does not necessarily want customers to recreate their video. "beautifully done." "This is not a challenge for the bucket, and we certainly do not want all of you to try to leave your OnePlus 7 Pro in a bucket. And like other smartphone brands that classify their devices by IP, our warranty does not cover water damage. "

This seems to be a marketing error not forced by OnePlus. Spending another year without the water resistance certification would be disappointing, but this only highlights the omission. And as it is rumored that the OnePlus 7 Pro will cost more than $ 700, it is understandable that people are bothering a bit about the company at this time to ignore the cost of the business that its competitors accept. Especially when taking into account that OnePlus continues to omit wireless charging on their phones.

Is an IP rating essential? Not necessarily. An IP67 rating simply means that your phone will survive being submerged in fresh water for 30 minutes at depths of up to 3.3 feet (1 meter). IP68 means that it can go a little deeper, but there are never any guarantees for real-world scenarios that may include salt water, beer, coffee, soft drinks or yes, even your toilet. That does not stop companies from announcing capacity as if it were a feature of invincibility for their phone. This Apple AC / DC announcement for the iPhone 7 still rips.

When it comes to that, having the qualification is really a matter of reassurance. You'll probably be fine in an unexpected downpour or when someone bathes your expensive phone with your drink. Here, OnePlus suggests that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have some level of water resistance, but if you wonder what the line crosses, your guess is as good as mine.

The OnePlus 7 Pro will be officially unveiled on May 14. But maybe all this will be solved when the OnePlus 7T Pro arrives. "This does not mean that we will never consider the IP classification of our products in the future," Pei wrote of the video.

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