Google has finally taken wraps off the much awaited Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL devices. Both the devices feature great hardware with pure Android experience software enhanced by the power of Google. The camera on Pixel 2 is once again titled as the highest rated smartphone camera by DXOMark.
But what’s really new to the 2017 Pixel devices is there waterproof capabilities. Both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL are water and dust resistant with an IP67 rating. This rating is below the industry standard (IP68) waterproof rating among flagship Android devices of Pixel’s stature. Samsung has the Galaxy Note 8 waterproof with an IP68 rating, Sony and LG also have flagship devices with the same IP68 rating. But that’s not much of an issue. IP67 rating has you protected from accidental drops into the water just like IP68 does.
The difference between IP67 and IP68 rating is that devices which are rated IP67 can be submerged into the water for 30 minutes at depths of upto 1 meter. And IP68 devices can go underwater for 30 minutes at depth of upto 1.5 meters. As for dust resistant, both IP67 and IP68 rating provide the same dust resistant capabilities.
Notably, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL are the first smartphones from Google to have a waterproof build. Before this, neither the Pixel (2016) or any of the Nexus devices featured waterproof build and design.
Note: Although Pixel and Pixel 2XL are waterproof with an IP67 rating, we do NOT recommend you to intentionally take your devices into the water. If your device gets water damaged, if the Liquid Damage Indicator on your Pixel or Pixel 2XL goes red, then you won’t be getting a free repair or replacement under warranty from Google. So use the feature wisely. You’ve been warned!