HTC 10 has IP53 certification: lightly protected from elements, but don't take it in the shower

The HTC 10 does not feature water protection, nor is it fully dust protected. The information was officially confirmed by Senior Global Communications Manager at HTC, Jeff Gordon.

So no, don't take your new HTC 10 in the shower and be careful not to drop it in the dirt. In this regard, there is no comparison between fully water sealed devices like the new Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge and the HTC 10.

In terms of IP certification, the HTC 10 clears the IP53 standard, which means it is only lightly protected from the elements. Here is the official meaning behind those numbers:

  • 5 Dust Protected Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it must not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the equipment; complete protection against contact.
  • 3 Spraying water Water falling as a spray at any angle up to 60° from the vertical shall have no harmful effect.
This means that a light steam of water (not a direct spray to it) should still be okay, but anything above could damage the phone. Something to keep in mind.

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(27h 3G talk time)



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

dont get it wet. period, or sub-woofer will not go boom!.

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's like saying I have 0.0047% chance of dating Scarlett Johansson. It's still a number, but practically it's useless.

33. aleant36

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

ScarJo! :p

2. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I like the HTC 10 but it sits at that awkward size - not big enough for "phablet" users but a little too big for those of us iPhone 6 type users that want to try something different but not a bigger phone or a mid-spec Sony...

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Damn, many flagships must not fall under your usable size then!

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Exactly why I still have an iPhone 6. I use my phone one-handed and even factoring in the large bezels there still aren't many decent options this size or smaller.

12. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Actually no. I get what he means. The things I mention below are only meant for my hand size( 5'10" or 178 cm with fairly average hand size for the fairly average height). Unless the phone is brick thick, the one handed operation depends on the width of the phone. For me personally: extremely compact, can do everything without even a little bit of juggling. 65-70 mm -> Fairly easy to operate one handedly. Hand gymnastics required for only reaching the top edges. 71-75 mm -> weird zone. Need one hand for some tasks, two for others. 75+ mm -> two handed territory. Note that 1 mm change in width has a 2mm change in one-handed usability, since the phone grows by 1 mm on back and 1 mm on front.

7. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

as far as i remember iphone 5 users where saying the same back in the day when iphone was 4 inch and somehow they have no problem using a 4,7 inch screen right now. HTC 10 is only 8 mm taller then iphone but has 0,5 inch bigger screen. so dont panic.

9. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

The iPhone 5 is still a better size one-handed, I'm considering the SE but in no rush as contract still has 5 months left. I've tried bigger phones but don't really like them, I've actually got quite big hands but still don't like using the 5"+ type devices much, more likely to drop them. Just personal preference really.

29. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well i mostly used 4.7 to 5.2 device now i tried the moto x play at 5.5 and its a bit too big for me. 5.2 is the perfect size. For me at least.

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, they had not been given any choice really, tell me one compact flagship since iP5S (other than Z Compact)

18. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

IPhone 6 if more or less the same size as this one

19. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Not really, I find the iP6 a little awkward and the 10 is larger in every dimension... I'll try one in a shop...

25. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Get a Xperia z5 compact or maybe wait for the smaller version of HTC 10, rumers are that it would be more powerful than this with a snappy 828(823) or something

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Worth it for the better speakers. I already have my gopro for water sports I feel a lot more comfortable with taking to the sea etc.

5. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Never cared about water resistance. Any phone can survive mild splashes or slight rain. That's more than good enough for me.

8. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I wouldnt mind full waterproofing but it makes speakers sound terrible. IP53 rating seems good enough for occasional water spills and btw, HTC had this rating since one m7 and there are tons of yt videos with m8 beeing fully submerged and surviving it.

11. Shocky unregistered

Really? so you've never been caught in the rain? not once? Water resistance is definitely a welcome feature, so many phones have void warranties for this reason without the users even realizing, it doesn't take a lot to trigger the indicator in phones. Light rain or even body sweat can do it. Not a not deal breaker sure, but you don't care? Okay.

13. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I have been in even heavy rains with my S4. The phone became wet but I shut it down and turned on a few hours later when it completely dried up. Worked fine. Most phones have some sort of internal coating to prevent shorting. Did you see the video in which S6 survived 22 min under water, or the iPhone 6s one, or the G3/G4 one. No?

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, most modern phones have water resistance of some kind designed in, doesn't mean they'll survive a pressure washer or swimming pool but all should be "rain proof" to a large extent. The manufacturers wouldn't want the grief of phones dying all the time in a sweaty pocket or humid bathroom!

17. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

For example I want to wash my phone, yeah because its full of germ, smudge and all, two when I want to play with on pool or bath. Yeah.

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Medtxa then water get in and no warranty coverage is thats better? If i want to wash my phone if its all metal i simply use some alcohol :) work like a charm.

15. TheDutchGuy unregistered

Yes that's true. I use my my S6 regularly when I'm under the shower, not directly under the shower of course, but changing songs with very wet hands and had no problems so far. Also used it in the rain many times, I also have the phone in my sweaty pocket while riding the bike in summer and it's still going strong.

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The dutchguy. My moto x play i do exactly the same use it in my shower and bath to read and listen to music and never had any issue..

16. Shocky unregistered

Yes, I'm aware of that and I can tell you with certainty the Galaxy S4 has no such coating. The water indicator may have triggered and your warranty void even if there are no signs of water damage, also water damage doesn't always show itself right away and can lead to serious issues weeks or months later. If you actually believe all these devices come out of these tests completely unscathed then you are both ignorant and a fool.

21. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I know the s4 has no such coating, but the s6 does. Anyway the warranty was over much before the incident. Anyway, I still don't care since water proofing will add at least 40-50$ to the price of a phone, and I'm unwilling to pay even 1$ for that. I take care of my phones.

23. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

50? I think thats to much for waterproffing, then how come galaxy s7 priced lower than s6?

24. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Recycled parts. Obviously the same parts get cheaper next year. The screen used is the same panel, camera probably costs lower, and similar for other parts. It costs them around 2-3 $ per phone, but they will definitely price a waterproof phone at least 50$ higher than a non-waterproof one. Anyway, it's like wireless charging or stereo speakers for me. Nice to have, but won't even pay 2$ extra to get them.

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Well once I tried to wipe my phone with wet clothes and the power buton doesn't work for a few days.. Not all phone.

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Look at post 8 Shocky. I had the m7 m8 m9 and droped the m9 in the toilet one time its changed nothing at all worked like a charm ( sadly did not fix the crappy camera lol ) As for S7 Shocky if humidity or water get in your warranty is also void. I had a rugged military phone ( Sonim XP7 ) thats has much better Waterproofing than S7 and water still got in! but lucky me Sonim exchange water damage phone Samsung do not!

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