Waterproofing Explained: The IP Rating - Techmidroid

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Waterproofing Explained: The IP Rating

  While Purchasing or going through specs of high end smartphones, you must have come across this term, mentioning the particular device has a IP 67 or IP 68 protection.
Let’s Understand what this IP rating is all about and what protection it actually gives to our Smartphones.
First of all IP stands for Ingress Protection. It classifies and rates the degree of protection against intrusion from foreign particles like dust, water, contact from hands and body parts etc by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures. Basically, it is a rating of the protection provided by the casings to safeguard the electrical circuit inside from damage by foreign matter.
The standard was developed to give customers more information about the electronic equipment and prevent tricking the customers into buying their product where previously the companies used to label their motors/pumps/electrical equipments as being waterproof.


Now, let's understand how to read and Understand the Ratings.
Every electrical or electronic equipment that is marketed as “Waterproof” will have a IP Rating. Every rating will start with “IP” followed by two numeric digits.
The first digit or the digit in the “Tens Place” will have a value from 0–6 and is a level of protection from solid particles where 0 means no protection from Solids.
The Second digit or the digit in the “Ones Place” will have a value from 0–9 and is a level of protection from liquids where 0 means no protection from liquids.
Sometimes, any of the digits can be replaced by a “X” which means the protection level has not been tested for that medium and can vary from 0-Max.
Below is a chart of the detailed IP ratings for each digit.


Now, Remember the Xperia Zlaunched almost 4 years back by sony which boasted of being total “Waterproof”. Sadly, it had a rating of IP57, and wasn't wholly waterproof as we know now.
Today, with advancement of Technology, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has a rating of IP68, far superior than the Xperia Z and is an all weather smartphone!
So, next time when you are buying a smartphone or any electronic device which boasts of being “waterproof”, don't forget to look for the IP ratings.

Name of PhoneIP Rating

HP Elite x3IP67
HTC Butterfly 3IP57
HTC Desire EyeIPX7
Motorola Droid Maxx 2IP52
Motorola Moto G Dual SIM (3rd Gen)IPX7
Motorola Moto G Turbo EditionIP67
Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)IPX7
Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)IP52
Motorola Moto X Play Dual SIMIP52
Motorola Moto X StyleIP52

Motorola X PlayIP52
Samsun Galaxy Note 7IP68
Samsung Galaxy 7IP68
Samsung Galaxy 7 EdgeIP68
Samsung Galaxy S5IP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 (octa-core)IP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 ActiveIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 DuosIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A G906SIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 miniIP67
Samsung Galaxy S5 NeoIP67
Samsung Galaxy S6 ActiveIP68
Samsung Galaxy S7 ActiveIP68
Samsung Galaxy S7 miniIP68
Samsung Galaxy S8IP68
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 3IP67
Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 ActiveIP67
Sony Xperia goIP67
Sony Xperia M2 AquaIP68
Sony Xperia M4 AquaIP68
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua DualIP68
Sony Xperia M5IP68
Sony Xperia M5 DualIP68
Sony Xperia VIP57
Sony Xperia X PerformanceIP68
Sony Xperia ZIP57
Sony Xperia Z UltraIP58
Sony Xperia Z1IP58
Sony Xperia Z1 CompactIP58
Sony Xperia Z2IP58
Sony Xperia Z3IP68
Sony Xperia Z3 CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z3 DualIP68
Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z3+IP68
Sony Xperia Z3+ DualIP68
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTEIP68
Sony Xperia Z4 CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z4vIP68
Sony Xperia Z5IP68
Sony Xperia Z5 CompactIP68
Sony Xperia Z5 DualIP68
Sony Xperia Z5 PremiumIP68
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium DualIP68
Sony Xperia ZRIP58

Hope this helps!

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