OnePlus CEO explained why they didn't showcase OnePlus 5's water resistant feature


In case you missed it, it was confirmed that the OnePlus 5 actually has a water resistance feature. It was not mentioned during the official reveal on 21 June 2017, but OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed it, thanks to a curious YouTuber who tested it.


In the video above, YouTuber Shaizor tested the smartphone underwater for a minute by trying to see if the touchscreen still works, although there was no response from the display, it didn’t turn off for the whole 60 seconds. Better still, after he took the device out of the water, it was still working properly and nothing was damaged. According to a publication from France, the smartphone’s water resistant grade could be just IP67 which is the same as the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. IP67 allows the device to be submerged 1 meter deep underwater for 30 minutes.

So why did OnePlus skipped that feature during the official launch? Well, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said the water resistant wasn’t part of the main focus and not a major requirement for the customers. Additionally, he also continued that in adding a complete water resistant feature would make it look thicker and an increase in weight. In other words, perhaps the device is just carrying a water repellent coat as he didn’t specify it to be IP67 or 68.  

Oh well, in spite of this, it’s good to know the OnePlus 5 won’t die immediately if splashed by some water. Stay tuned for more OnePlus news at


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