Many flagship devices these days feature some sort of water resistance. The latest Galaxy devices are IP68-rated, which is fantastic and better than many other devices. Even the iPhone is water resistant now!
Unfortunately, Google’s two Pixel phones are not water resistant. Their rating is IP53, which is essentially not water resistant. The device has been shown to handle being underwater for extended periods of time, but not without sustaining some damage.
Now we’ve found out that Google was planning on adding water resistance to the Pixels but ran out of time. The company had nine months to build the Pixels once its in-house manufacturing plan was scrapped, which didn’t leave enough time to include water resistance. It’s unfortunate, but that’s one of the downsides of rushing a product.
The Pixel and Pixel XL aren’t necessarily worse for everyday use without water resistance, but the absence of that feature disappointing nonetheless. Will you still be picking up a Pixel?