10 Best Waterproof Android Smartphones for the Monsoon

10 Best Waterproof Android Smartphones for the Monsoon

The monsoon season has arrived and some of us have already experienced the rain showers. It may have brought relief from the burning heat of summer, but it has posed a problem for mobile users who do not own a waterproof smartphone. I am sure that you keep a spare poly bag with you just in case an expected shower occurs. Managing all your important stuff, including your phone, and keeping them in a poly bag at the onset of a heavy rain shower can be a hassle. It would be a good idea to get waterproof android smartphones instead.

Check out the best waterproof android phones below.

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony brought out its notable high end waterproof phone, the Xperia Z, in 2013. Since then it has been on a roll and has brought out really impressive mobile devices that have high end waterproofing. The Z3 is the latest flagship device by Sony and has a high rating on the ingress protection scale. According to the company, this device is capable of spending 30 minutes underwater at a depth of 1.5-meters.

This is pretty good and beats the competition by a considerable margin. However, the waterproofing will work best if the ports are closed properly before being put underwater. Also, don’t expect the touchscreen to work very smoothly when put underwater, although it is quite manageable considering that the device continues to work underwater.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 with Adreno 330 GPU
  • Display: 5.2 inches Full HD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32 GB (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (20.7 MP, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio with RDS, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), v5.0.2 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 in)
  • Weight: 152 g (5.36 oz)
  • SIM: Nano SIM
  • Colour Variants: Black, White, Copper, Silver Green, Purple
  • IP Rating: IP55/IP58

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

If you are looking for a “normal” phone with adequate waterproofing, then the Xperia M4 Aqua might be the perfect phone for you. It is a sturdy device with excellent dustproof and waterproof capabilities. The best thing about this device is its battery backup which should deliver 2 days of active usage without having to recharge in between. At least this is what the company has been claiming. Plus, you get Android 5.0 out of the box. What more could you want?

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 with Adreno 405 GPU
  • Display: 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 720 x 1280 pixels (~294 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (5 MP, 720p)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS, NFC, FM radio with RDS, microUSB v2.0
  • OS: Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2400 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3 mm (5.73 x 2.86 x 0.29 in)
  • Weight: 136 g (4.80 oz)
  • SIM: Nano SIM
  • Colour Variants: Black, White, Coral, Silver
  • IP Rating: IP65/IP68

Sony Xperia ZR

Sony Xperia ZR

The Xperia ZR is “a waterproof* phone that can film in Full HD under water”, as claimed by Sony. The HD video capturing capability of this device is the most promising feature which could help it move ahead of the competition. Xperia ZR has a crisp and brilliant display which is further enhanced by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine that adds new real-time contrast optimisation to the sharpness enhancement, high-quality colour management and noise reduction. Plus, you get the device is a range of stunning shades to appeal to all style conscious mobile users out there.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait with Adreno 320 GPU
  • Display: 4.55 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 720 x 1280 pixels (~323 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (13.1 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (VGA)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio with RDS, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host
  • OS: Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), v5.0.2 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Battery: Li-ion 2300 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 131.3 x 67.3 x 10.5 mm (5.17 x 2.65 x 0.41 in)
  • Weight: 138 g (4.87 oz)
  • SIM: Micro SIM
  • Colour Variants: Black, White, Pink, Mint

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

With an IP rating of IP67, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is capable of being submerged up to 1 meter in depth for 30 minutes. In my opinion, this is a truly exceptional and meticulously designed smartphone by Samsung which offers protection from dust and water apart from delivering high end performance. You just need to ensure that the USB port and the back cover are properly attached with no open gaps that could allow water to enter inside.

One of the reasons why you should buy this smartphone now is that the latest flagship, Galaxy S6 has come out and it does not have waterproofing. Due to the presence of a newer S device, the S5 might not be around for long. So if you have not bought it and wish to buy a waterproof android smartphone, then you should definitely go for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and Sport are two really “hardcore” variants of the S5 which meet military standards and can handle extremes of temperature, humidity, and altitude.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 with Adreno 330 GPU
  • Display: 5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 1080 x 1920 pixels (~432 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 16/32 GB (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (16 MP, 5312 x 2988 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC, infrared, microUSB v3.0 (MHL 2.1 TV-out), USB Host
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 in)
  • Weight: 145 g (5.11 oz)
  • SIM: Micro SIM
  • Colour Variants: Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Shimmery White
  • IP Rating: IP67

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3

The Galaxy Xcover is Samsung’s first waterproof smartphone for 2015 and it has already gained some interest from smartphone users due to its military-spec protective body and waterproofing abilities. On the specs front, it has a medium end configuration with a quad core chip and 1.5 GB of RAM powering the device. All in all, it is a tough smartphone with decent features. However, I would not suggest you to keep a lot of expectations from this phone in terms of graphics, visuals and super-smooth performance.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Marvell Armada PXA1908 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 with Vivante GC7000 GPU
  • Display: 4.5 inches PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 480 x 800 pixels (~207 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 1.5 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (2MP)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio, microUSB v2.0
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 132.9 x 70.1 x 10 mm (5.23 x 2.76 x 0.39 in)
  • Weight: 154 g (5.43 oz)
  • SIM: Micro SIM
  • Colour Variants: Grey
  • IP Rating: IP67

HTC Desire Eye

HTC Desire Eye

I am sure that you did not expect to see a waterproof HTC smartphone. The HTC Desire Eye has an IPX7 rating which indicates that the device is dustproof and waterproof (capable of being underwater for 30 minutes at a depth of one metre). Powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, it packs in quite a punch on the performance front. The camera quality is also pretty decent with 13 MP for both primary and secondary cameras. This will surely appeal to the selfie loving population of today.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 with Adreno 330 GPU
  • Display: 5.2 inches Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 16 GB (expandable up to 128 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (13 MP, 4208 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash), Secondary Camera (13 MP, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, HDR)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC, FM radio with RDS, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2400 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm (5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)
  • Weight: 154 g (5.43 oz)
  • SIM: Nano SIM
  • Colour Variants: Blue, Red, White
  • IP Rating: IPX7

Kyocera Brigadier

Kyocera Brigadier

Wrapped up in its military spec toughened body, the Kyocera Brigadier is a tough smartphone with IP68 compliance which means that it can bear a lot of mishandling. It has a sapphire crystal shield over the screen for added protection and extra tough guard against scratches. Considering the safety aspects on this device, it has a decent set of specifications that should appeal to you. After all, you can take this phone anywhere with you and still manage to get the most out of this android device.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A7 with Adreno 305 GPU
  • Display: 4.5 inches Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 720 x 1280 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB (expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (2 MP)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC, microUSB v2.0
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 136.4 x 68.3 x 13.2 mm (5.37 x 2.69 x 0.52 in)
  • Weight: 187.1 g (6.60 oz)
  • SIM: Nano SIM
  • Colour Variants: Black
  • IP Rating: IP68

Kyocera Hydro Life/Hydro Vibe

Kyocera Hydro Life-Hydro Vibe

The Kyocera Hydro Vibe is a budget friendly smartphone with IP57 compliance that indicates adequate protection from dust and water. It also has a MIL 810G rating. This particular rating indicates that it can take a good amount of rough handling such as falls and exposure to extreme weather conditions. If you are a traveller or love adventure, then this android smartphone should be a part of your gear. The specs are also pretty decent considering the value for money that you get.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8926 Quad core, 1200 MHz with Adreno 305 GPU
  • Display: 4.5 inches IPS LCD touchscreen, 16M colors, 540 x 960 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 1.5 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (8 MP), Secondary Camera (2 MP)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, microUSB v2.0
  • OS: Android (4.4.2, 4.3)
  • Battery: 2000 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 5.02 x 2.50 x 0.43 inches (127.4 x 63.5 x 10.9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.90 oz (139 g)
  • SIM: Nano SIM
  • Colour Variants: Black, White, Copper, Silver Green, Purple
  • IP Rating: IP57

Huawei Honor 3

Huawei Honor 3

The Honor 3 isn’t a new kid on the block. It has been around for quite some time now and is a pretty good option for those searching for a budget smartphone with waterproofing abilities. The device is IP57 compliant which means that it is adequately protected from dust and water. While the specs are more or less similar to the Kyocera Brigadier, the body of this phone has a more traditional design. You could go for this phone if you have a stiff budget.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Huawei K3V2E Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Display: 4.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 720 x 1280 pixels (~312 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (1.3 MP, 720p@30fps)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth v3. GPS, Radio, microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • OS: Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 2150 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 133 x 67.2 x 9.9 mm (5.24 x 2.65 x 0.39 in)
  • Weight: 138 g (4.87 oz)
  • SIM: Micro SIM
  • Colour Variants: White
  • IP Rating: IP57

Cat S50

Cat S50

The first thing that you would notice in this smartphone is that it is quite bulky. As compared to the sleek devices that you get in the market today, it might feel a bit out of place for most android users. However, don’t be deceived by its looks. The Cat S50 has a shock proof, military-spec body with an IP67 rating. It is a tough contender in the waterproof smartphone segment and has been known to survive drops from a height of 1.2 meters. In terms of specifications, it does not have very high end features. Although, you can get good performance and usage out of this device.

Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 Quadcore 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7with Adreno 305 GPU
  • Display: 4.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 720 x 1280 pixels (~312 ppi pixel density)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB (expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card)
  • Camera: Primary Camera (8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash), Secondary Camera (VGA)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS, NFC
  • OS: Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat)
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2630 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 144.5 x 77 x 12.7 mm (5.69 x 3.03 x 0.5 in)
  • Weight: 185 g (6.53 oz)
  • SIM: Yes
  • Colour Variants: Forest, Slate
  • IP Rating: IP67

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Nishant Raja is an expert author for the iNewTechnology. He writes about Smartphones, New tech Gadgets, Apps and how to use them.