Pixel and Pixel XL reportedly not waterproof, because Google "ran out of time"

In a recent podcast, Wired's Kelsey McClellan revealed an interesting tid-bit of info regarding the new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, which he learned by talking to Google reps shortly prior to the phones' official release. Apparently the Big G's first in-house developed smartphones are not waterproof, simply because the company ran out of time.

According to McClellan, Google had been working on its own phone for quite a while, before deciding to scrap everything toward the end of 2015 and start anew, meaning that the Pixel and Pixel XL went from the drawing board to launch in just over 9 months. Given this time constraint, Google naturally had to cut some corners, and one of the compromises it reportedly made has to do with the two phones' resistance to the elements.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL currently both bear an IP53 Certification, meaning they are only partially protected against dust and water splashes. To put this into perspective, other recent flagships, such as the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7, which are IP67 and IP68 certified respectively, can be fully submerged underwater for prolonged periods of time.

Either way, it's interesting to hear that Google was supposedly planning to launch phones with a higher Ingress Protection rating, but didn't have the time necessary to do it. Things will likely be different for the Pixel successors, whenever they might come.

source: WIRED



1. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

What this is mean? They didn't from the beginning of the project that Pixel will be waterproof? Sometimes I get surprised how the tech companies just work.

7. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

It means they were working on a different phone but they scrapped that project and started afresh...and came up with pixel

2. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012


3. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Here we go.... Now for all of those reviews that claim the phone was missing this feature (which really wasn't, they only careeld for it cuz Apple has it...if Apple didn't implement this feature to the 7 this would never had been an issue for the Pixel)... Now they have redo their review just because that was the only complaint they had about thee phone... And so does Phone Arena.

4. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Well no duh. Google is taking aim right at Apple from the Pixel XL having almost the same dimensions as the iPhone 7 Plus. They even priced it the exact same as Apple. So if they are going to justify the same price as Apple compared to previous Nexus devices they should at least include every hardware advantage the iPhone 7 has.

8. zoppy

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Too bad they also didn't have time to remove the headphone jack.

10. aymnga

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

Pixel more compact but thicker than the plus... Not the same

5. B3st2

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Hahaahahahahahaha seriously ?? what an excuse !!

6. young0ne

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

What you trying to say?

9. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Google designers: "Wait, doesn't that look a bit much like an iphone? We're running out of time sir." "Got an idea! Hand me the remaining 4s glass rear ... Voila!!"

11. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Where the MicroSD card slot, though? or 256GB version?

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