Is The OnePlus 10T Waterproof? IP Ratings, Explained

Protection against water is one of the essential features of a flagship smartphone, but can the OnePlus 10T resist water damage, and if so, to what extent? The OnePlus 10T takes after the OnePlus 8T launched in 2020. While it was expected that a OnePlus 9T would be released in 2021, the Chinese manufacturer decided to skip the release due to the chip shortage.

When it comes to specifications, the OnePlus 10T features the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC along with faster LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The smartphone even has a 120Hz AMOLED display and supports 160W fast charging. The OnePlus 10T also has a triple rear camera setup and dual speakers. All of which allows it to deliver better performance than the OnePlus 10 Pro released earlier this year.


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The OnePlus 10T comes with an IP54 rating, but only in the United States. While the letters in the rating are an abbreviation for Ingress Protection, the numbers represent the level of protection. The '5' in the OnePlus 10T's IP rating suggests that the smartphone is not entirely dustproof. Instead, it's dust protected and this means that dust and other small particles might get in the device but won't cause any damage. The '4' in the IP rating indicates that the device is protected against water splashes from all directions for five minutes. Put simply, the OnePlus 10T is resistant to a limited amount of dust and water, but it's not waterproof.

Be Careful While Using The OnePlus 10T

Those who have purchased the OnePlus 10T or are planning to purchase the device should be aware that it cannot withstand immersion or exposure to liquids for prolonged periods. Due to this, users might want to be careful while using the device as an accidental drop in a sink or bucket might cause irreparable damage. Further, the device could benefit from regular cleaning with a microfiber cloth to avoid dust accumulation. It looks like the company hasn't got an IP rating for all the markets, as the OnePlus 10T does not carry an IP rating in the United Kingdom and India. For reference, only one of the two versions of the OnePlus 10 Pro came with an IP68 waterproofing.

In the United States, the OnePlus 10T starts at $649. Other smartphones in this price sector, like the Google Pixel 6 and the iPhone 13, do come with an IP68 rating, which is the industry standard for most modern flagships. Even the Pixel 6a, which costs $449, comes with an IP67 rating, meaning that it can survive accidental drops in a pool or immersion up to one meter. Regardless, the lack of a higher IP rating on the OnePlus 10T should not be a deal-breaker for anyone who takes good care of their smartphones.