One of the more disappointing aspects of the OnePlus 6 is that it doesn’t have an IP rating – meaning there’s no guarantees regarding its water resistance. OnePlus has said that the phone is more water-resistant than its predecessors, but you’d still understandably be nervous about getting it wet. However, a teardown has revealed that there’s actually quite a lot of water resistance here.
iFixit has opened up the OnePlus 6 and found that there’s a rubber gasket in the SIM card tray, silicone seals surrounding the sockets on the motherboard, and gaskets surrounding the speaker grille, USB-C port and headphone port.
The site concludes that “we probably wouldn't jump into the pool with it, but it's nice to have a little protection that doesn't impede repair.” So it sounds like the OnePlus 6 will probably be able to survive a bit of rain, a spill or a very brief dunk in water – though as there’s no IP rating there’s no official guarantee of this.
Just don't break the screen
And speaking of repairs, iFixit gives the OnePlus 6 a score of 5/10 for the phone’s overall repairability, noting that the components can in many cases be individually replaced and the battery is easily accessible, but the display – which is likely to be the most commonly broken component – is trickier to access and repair.
It also seemingly loses points for having a glass back, making the phone more breakable in the first place than a metal or plastic handset, though this is in line with most recent flagships.
Still, while you’ll need to be careful not to smash it, and definitely shouldn’t take the OnePlus 6 swimming, it’s at least more resilient to water than you might have expected.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.