Google Pixel and Pixel XL to be IP53 certified: splash- and dust-resistant to some degree

Google Pixel and Pixel XL to be IP53 certified: splash- and dust-resistant to some degree
Google is seemingly getting ready to kill the Nexus brand by introducing two new smartphones called Pixel and Pixel XL. However, it looks like the company will bring back a feature from an old Nexus, namely the Nexus 6.

Built by Motorola and released in October 2014, the Nexus 6 is a splash-resistant phone, being the only Nexus that's somewhat protected against water. According to Android Police, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will also offer some protection against the elements thanks to an IP53 certification.

This IP53 certification means two things. The first digit, 5, indicates that the new Google phones should be dust-resistant, though ingress of dust would still be possible (you'd need an IP6X rating for a device to be completely dust-proof). The second digit, 3, indicates that "water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60-degrees from the vertical shall have no harmful effect" on the Pixel and Pixel XL. This means that the handsets should be splash-proof, but only in certain conditions. In real life, using the phones while it's raining, for example, should be perfectly fine, but immersion in water is definitely not recommended. To get a clearer idea of what IPX3 certification means, you should check out the video below.

An IP53-rated smartphone that's already available to buy is the HTC 10. It's said that both the Pixel and Pixel XL are manufactured by HTC, so we can't say we're surprised to find out that they are also IP53 certified.

Google is planning to announce its two new phones early next month, on October 4. Until the devices are finally unveiled in all their glory, you may want to check out our Google Pixel and Pixel XL rumor review.



Related phones

Pixel
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2770 mAh(26h talk time)
Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)

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27 Comments

1. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Along with the increased advertising that Google is doing around New York, it would seem that Google is interested in making this thing an iPhone competitor for real. If this thing packs average or better battery, top-shelf camera, and clean effective software... ...this may be the first phone I buy financed.

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It seem Google is trying to push Pixel to the consumer market.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They've been trying since the Nexus 5 (or maybe Nexus 4) They haven't been spending much in terms of marketing But now that's changed I hope it succeeds IMO its kind sad that average consumers only have Apple or Samsung flagships Would love to see Google, LG, HTC, Moto, Sony, ... get more popular

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

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11. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Still no front stereo speakers I'm not buying one.

20. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They've been upping their game in every category since the nexus 4. The only thing I'm still iffy about is the battery life as that's one area that they haven't really made much improvement on.

2. fyah_king unregistered

Give me that red pixel xl!

3. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

wtffffffffffffffff

4. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

All I need is a Samsung like camera. When can I start pressing refresh on the Google store page, I guess I'll get head start now.

8. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

But then again the price is more than the s7 edge and that is the king of the Android hill with ip68.

12. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The Nexus 6p already has that.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 6P is better in terms of photo quality at low light and slo mo video But the S7/Note7 is much faster (than any phone) and are better overal at video (better stabilization and support 60 fps)

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I wonder will any hardcore Apple fans declare iPhone 7 is the first smartphone which is water resistant?

9. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

No because every hard core Apple fan worse enemy is a Samsung user. Pretty sure that is why they won't think that iPhone 7 was the first. Hell technicall it was Sony.

13. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Samsung wasn't the first either.

24. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Neither were Sony, water resistant phones have been around since 2005. I think it might have been LG.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

iPhone 7 is the first iPhone that's waterproof, yes. But I hate when you guys generalize Apple fans that way - all iPhone users are divers and different. To many iPhone is the only brand they trust or the experience the prefer - to them the iPhone 7 is the first phone to be water resistant. What the hell is wrong with that. If they want to be ignorant about it - how is that affecting your life or mine? But yes, no article should ever be without dissing iPhone fans. This is so getting old, dude.

17. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Nah, the only reason I mentioned this is because I had a friend of mine said the exact thing to me, I was like instantly shock at the moment, he even mentioned that Apple are the only one who are innovating new technology these day. I am cool with any Apple product or Apple fans, but it is these type of "fans", be it Android fans or Samsung fans. Anyone who blindly praise their favorite brand really tick the hell out of me, LOL.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

I guess that's fair... just don't generalize people just because you had a friend that said something stupid.

21. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Guess ignorance truly is bliss however ignorance is not a defense. What people hate is not the ignorance but generally their refusal to believe otherwise.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Yes, of routes, but how is that different when someone who thinks Apple inveneted everything to someone who things all iPhone users think alike? That's the same ignorance, right?

25. chenski

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Well I refuse to believe that water and dust resistance are essential on a flagship

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I have no problem with most Apple users, or user of any platform for that matter. The ones I have issues with are the militant ones who think what they chose is the greatest and everything else is crap, and feel the need to push that belief onto anyone they encounter. Now they may only account for a small portion, but they're more vocal than the entirety of the userbase. Just like with any platform, there are a few who give the majority a bad name. If they want to be uninformed of other platforms and live in their own little bubble, that's fine. It's when they start preaching that ignorance as gospel and want others to believe it that I take issue with them. I mean you can't tell me that you haven't had similar encounters with Android fanatics.

10. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Gosh the sounds in the video sounds horrifying huh

19. jslim86

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

that would be a HUGE MISTAKE.. If they do that I'm taking the Iphone plunge.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

IP53 is like zero. Most electronics are able to handle a splash, providing water doesn't enter a hole. But IP53, basically means, anything past drizzle is going to kill that is phone. Pathetic for a company like HTC.Google.

27. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

not good lookink phone

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