Today, OnePlus posted a teaser video of its next flagship phone falling into a bucket of water. “Water resistant ratings for phones cost you money,” reads the text that pops up on-screen. “We bought something less expensive instead.” The spot clearly implies that the OnePlus 7 Pro will have some level of water resistance — even if the company hasn’t gone through the formal IP certification process.

Pause the video during the last few moments and note the fine print at the bottom: “Water resistant under optimal test conditions. OnePlus makes no guarantees regarding water/liquid resistance.” And just like other smartphone makers (even those that do have IP67 or IP68 certification), OnePlus notes that water damage is not covered under its standard warranty.


The upcoming OnePlus 7 Pro.
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What was meant to evoke excitement for the latest OnePlus device has instead flustered some of the company’s fans, who point to the rising cost of OnePlus phones each year as ample reason to seek proper certification just like Samsung, Apple, LG, Google, and others. To avoid any further uproar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has published a blog post about the video.

“We know that an IP rating would be the simplest way to prove our phone’s capability, but the certification doesn’t help us communicate our focus on your real experience, which is why we created this direct and relatable video to show you what our water-resistant quality can actually bring to you in your real life in a more powerful way,” Pei wrote. He claims that OnePlus has “never stopped improving our design and going through tests to make sure you can finally experience our water-resistant quality.” True enough, there are plenty of videos on YouTube of past OnePlus phones surviving spills and dunks without immediate problems.

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