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OnePlus 6 teardown digs deeper into its water-resistant claims

OnePlus 6 teardown digs deeper into its waterproof claims (Source: JerryRigEverything)
OnePlus 6 teardown digs deeper into its waterproof claims (Source: JerryRigEverything)
OnePlus promises dust and water resistance without any IP certifications for its latest flagship. This obviously raises some red flags, but a detailed teardown of the smartphone reveals that it's properly sealed not unlike competing smartphones with official IP67 certification. OnePlus may have waived the certification process to cut costs and keep prices as low as possible.

A number of outlets, including ourselves, have already reviewed the OnePlus 6. Inevitably, this also means that a few users have taken apart the OnePlus 6 to find out what makes it tick.

Zach from JerryRigEverything has tested and disassembled popular smartphones to stress test bending, scratching, dropping, and other torturous procedures that no consumer in the right mind would ever perform on a brand new unit. Unlike the already thorough iFixit teardown, however, JerryRigEverything focuses on the dust and water resistance of the OnePlus 6. More specifically, the source set out to investigate why OnePlus advertises dust and water resistance without outright claiming IP67 certification.

In short, the OnePlus 6 does not appear to be any more or less water resistant than other water-resistant flagship smartphones of 2018. All areas are properly sealed to withstand water from showers and pools, though the source does not recommend such exposure for any sort of expensive electronic. It's good news for OnePlus 6 fans who may have been wary of the missing IP67 certification.

So why not advertise the IP67 rating? It's possible that the manufacturer decided to skip the IP certification process to reduce costs during development. After all, the OnePlus series is notable for its extremely aggressive pricing structure despite the high-end specifications.

Now, if only it could get its facial recognition working.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-05-30 (Update: 2018-05-30)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.