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Oct 30, 2020 (updated : Mar 19, 2021)

Best Waterproof Samsung Phones in 2021

These Samsung Galaxy phones are the best in class when it comes to resisting sudden submersion in water. Here are your bets in the local market.

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Part of the collective reason why Samsung Galaxy phones, the flagship ones anyway, are quite the ultimate deal is that these same handsets offer IP or Ingress Protection.

Since 2014's Galaxy S series (except for the Galaxy S6 series in 2015), Samsung has been offering water-resistant flagships. Its latest handsets are no different. If there's anything, they are even more attuned with their consumers' modern waterproofing needs.

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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Today, we're looking at the best waterproof Samsung Galaxy smartphones in 2021, ones that could very well satisfy the needs of consumers in this regard.

Although more and more smartphone brands are already jumping on the bandwagon, Samsung is easily one of the best out there, which can offer top-tier waterproofing features. Before we look into these entries, let's first tackle some vital tidbits concerning your phones' waterproof ratings. Because for one: It might not indicate what you think it does.

What Does IP Mean?

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Unfortunately, IP doesn't mean Internet Protocol. In the realm of smartphones, IP translates to the Ingress Protection rating. This then bridges to our next question: Does IP only mean waterproofing?

IP indicates how well the smartphone's structure prevents unwanted components from getting inside. And this doesn't only include water. It also consists of dust, dirt, and otherworldly solids.

You can easily research a phone's IP rating on Google by typing the letters IP, followed by a two-digit number, like IP67 or IP68. The number "6" will tell you how easily "solids" such as dust can infiltrate your devices. Meanwhile, the second number is an indication of how well a handset resists water. In this case, you will only need to remember that the higher the numbers are, the better the protection.

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In terms of protection against solids like dust, a smartphone considered good relative to ratings should have a 5 or 6 as the first digit.

Five, in this case, entails that the phone won't block all dust. Still, this shouldn't concern you as what does get in shouldn't affect your device's performance.

Now, if the first digit is 6, it's deemed dust-tight. The handset is vacuum-sealed and should keep the dust for at least eight hours in testing.

How about liquid protection? Liquid protection ratings for smartphones range from 5 to 8. Note, though, that these numbers get tricky. Unlike the ratings above, phones can come with more than one rating for liquids. For instance, some phone ratings are shown like this: IPx5/IPx7.

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How Does Water-Resistant Differ From Waterproof?

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When a phone is labeled as waterproof, you'll find its IP rating at 7 or 8 (e.g., IPx7 or IPx8). Another way to look at how waterproof a phone is through immersion test or how long a smartphone can stay under water, sans any significant amount of water getting in that causes damage down the line.

For smartphones that are rated IP66 or IP67, they are expected to be vacuum-sealed against dust. They are also likely to handle jets of water at reasonably high pressure and resist harm under nearly three meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

Ultimately, there are no such things as waterproof smartphones. If you leave any handset at the bottom of your pool overnight, it is guaranteed not to work normally the next morning.

On the other hand, having a water-resistant phone would still protect your device from water, but not as efficiently as handsets with waterproofing features.

If a device is labeled as water-resistant, that would indicate that the smartphone itself may be developed in such a way that it's more difficult for water to get inside it. For modern handsets, this means that they are possibly coated with a very light substance that aids in improving its chances of surviving an encounter with water.

Apart from smartphones of today, water-resistant ratings can also be found more commonly in smartwatches. More sophisticated wearables, however, can be submerged under water. Think of the more recent Apple Watches in this regard.

Some Important Things to Remember

While some companies market their phones as water-resistant or waterproof, they still don't, on paper, cover water damage in their warranties.

Did you know that your smartphones have these little stickers in them that change color when they make contact with liquid? This might very well disappoint customers who will be caught fibbing. These stickers are very much needed as there was no way to know whether water damage occurred through misuse.

Despite its iPhones being known for their waterproofing ratings, Apple is notorious for not covering liquid damage under warranty.

With these tricky policies governing warranties relative to liquid damage are now known to you, it's always essential to keep your expectations at bay and be responsible for your smartphone.

Alongside this, it's always best to keep your phone dry, regardless of its water-resistant or waterproofing certifications. If you happen to be on the lookout for a Samsung Galaxy phone with a waterproof rating of sorts, the entries below should give you a headstart. Here they are!

Best Waterproof Samsung Galaxy Phones in the Philippines

7. Samsung Galaxy S10 / Galaxy S10+

Left: Galaxy S10 - Right: Galaxy S10+

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2019's Samsung Galaxy's most premium iterations, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are both IP68-rated for dust and water protection.

Their frames are made of aluminum and boast an almost glossy finish, with just the slightest presence of its rear color added into the equation.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature 6.1- and 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED panels, respectively, with support for HDR10+. Alas, these phones' display didn't manage to be equipped with the crucial high refresh rate feature.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+'s panels also come with Always On Displays and Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Pros

  • Dynamic AMOLED panels with HDR10+ support
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Impressive cameras

Cons

  • No high refresh rate
  • No 5G support

6. Samsung Galaxy Note10 / Galaxy Note10+

Left: Galaxy Note10 - Right: Galaxy Note10+

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Alongside the default Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ in 2019, Samsung also made a splash when it released its duo in the phablet race, the Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+.

Like their regular siblings, the Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ also support IP68 ratings―considered to be a massive upgrade over most of their rivals at the time.

As you'd come to expect from the series, the more premium Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10+ feature glass plates, both on their front and back panels; a metal side frame also carries them together. Both phones also sport Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on their displays.

Pros

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Dynamic AMOLED with HDR10+
  • S Pen support
  • Impressive cameras

Cons

  • No high refresh rate
  • No 5G support
  • No expandable storage support (standard Galaxy Note10)
  • Different S Pen latency depending on model

5. Samsung Galaxy S20 / Galaxy S20+ / Galaxy S20 Ultra

Left: Galaxy S20 - Middle: Galaxy S20+ - Right: Galaxy S20 Ultra

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Over the previous generations, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ have a few worthy upgrades, ones that made them a clear standout among the flagships at the time of their release in 2020. In addition, the Galaxy S20 series marked a new variant dubbed as the Galaxy S20 Ultra, Samsung's first device to sport a 108MP camera module.

The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, which are IP68 rated, feature the improved Dynamic AMOLED 2X panels with support for a high 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and 1,200 nits of peak brightness (1,400 nits for the Galaxy S20 Ultra). They also come with an Always On Display and the same Corning Gorilla Glass 6, on their front and back.

All three devices feature up to 8K video recording support. The battery capacity and features are also well-praised but only the Galaxy S20 Ultra feature a 45W wired fast charging support while both the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ max out at 25W.

Pros

  • Dynamic AMOLED 2X with a high 120Hz refresh rate
  • Impressive cameras
  • 8K video recording support
  • 45W wired fast charging support (Galaxy S20 Ultra)
  • 5G support

Cons

  • 120Hz refresh rate locked at FHD+ resolution
  • Autofocus issues (Galaxy S20 Ultra)
  • 4G and 5G models sold separately

4. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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The loyal fans of the Samsung Galaxy S20 series were certainly celebratory when they learned that Samsung was releasing a Fan Edition, no less.

And as it would with anything that is fan-centric off its portfolio, Samsung clearly was having fun equipping the phone with tons of features, all sealed with an attractive pricing.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, despite its change of rear panel material to plastic, is still IP68-rated. The phone, during its release, was easily one of the few which came with dust and water protection.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE also flaunts a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel with support for 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+. There's also an Always On Display feature. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip and a 4,500mAh battery, with 25W and 15W fast wired and wireless charging options, respectively.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+
  • Impressive cameras
  • Impressive battery life
  • Wireless and reverse wireless charging support

Cons

  • Plastic back
  • Display resolution maxes out at FHD+ resolution
  • 5G model not available in PH

3. Samsung Galaxy Note20 / Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Left: Galaxy Note20 - Right: Galaxy Note20 Ultra

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The Galaxy Note20 Ultra, in particular, undoubtedly grabbed the headlines when it was unveiled, and not just because of its "Ultra" moniker.

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra is where the superior Gorilla Glass Victus debuted offering massive improvements over the Gorilla Glass 6. Like the generations before it, this one also totes around an IP68 certification.

Powering the Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra in the Philippines is Samsung's in-house Exynos 990 chipset.

Pros

  • Dynamic AMOLED 2X with adaptive 120Hz refresh rate (Galaxy Note20 Ultra)
  • 108MP camera sensor (Galaxy Note20 Ultra)
  • Large RAM capacity
  • S Pen support
  • 8K video recording support

Cons

  • No expandable storage support (standard Galaxy Note20)
  • Plastic back (standard Galaxy Note20)
  • Different S Pen latency depending on model
  • 4G and 5G models sold separately
  • Underwhelming battery performance and heating issues (Exynos model)

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 / Galaxy S21+

Left: Galaxy S21 - Right: Galaxy S21+

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The newer Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ still inherit their previous siblings' industry-leading IP68 ratings.

They also borrowed some display cues from the Galaxy Note20 series―with Dynamic AMOLED 2X with support for 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus front lining these perks.

Perhaps the only downside of the default Galaxy S21 is its plastic back; nevertheless, the Galaxy S21+ manages a glass variety on its rear.

Other key features of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are the Exynos 2100 chip, sophisticated cameras, and beefed-up battery features.

Pros

  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Dynamic AMOLED 2X with adaptive 120Hz refresh rate
  • 5G support (4G and 5G models no longer sold separately)
  • Impressive cameras
  • Improved Exynos 2100 chipset

Cons

  • Plastic back (Galaxy S21)
  • No expandable storage support
  • Battery features received no upgrade
  • Resolution maxes out at 1080p

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Samsung finally corrected some of its mistakes from the original Ultra off its regular flagship series with the Galaxy S21 Ultra―now laden with high-end features, ones that truly matter.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra now features a large 1440p display with native and adaptive 120Hz support, two dedicated telephoto shooters, an autofocus-backed rear ultrawide camera, and support for S Pen. The number one phone on our list also carries an IP68 rating.

Other premium tidbits the Galaxy S21 Ultra are noted for are stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6E, 5G, and a large 5,000mAh battery.

Pros

  • Dynamic AMOLED 2X, quad HD+ resolution, adaptive 120Hz refresh rate
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Improved camera features
  • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  • S Pen support
  • Improved Exynos 2100 chipset

Cons

  • No expandable storage support
  • Fast charging only 25W (Predecessor supported 45W)

Conclusion

With only the top-of-the-line IP68-rated smartphones from the Samsung Galaxy flagship series, you can rest assured that these occasional yet positively unlucky spills and splashes down the line can be remedied in an instant.

On top of that, these same handsets guarantee that you won't have to deal with ruggedness anymore, if not one of those unsophisticated ones, if you want the best of these IP ratings coming in handy.

Spec Comparison

Model Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10 Samsung Galaxy S10+ Samsung Galaxy S10+ Samsung Galaxy Note10 Samsung Galaxy Note10 Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Samsung Galaxy Note10+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20 Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20+ Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Samsung Galaxy Note20 Samsung Galaxy Note20 Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
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CPU Exynos 9820 - EMEA
Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 - USA/LATAM, China
Octa-core
Exynos 9820 (8 nm) - EMEA
Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) - USA/LATAM, China
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
Samsung Exynos 9825 (7nm)
Octa-core (2x 2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 + 2x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 + 4x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7nm)
Octa-core Kryo 485 (2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
Samsung Exynos 9825 (7nm)
Octa-core (2x 2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 + 2x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 + 4x 1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7nm)
Octa-core Kryo 485 (2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+), Octa-core - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+), Octa-core - USA
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+) Octa-core - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core - USA
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+) Octa-core - Global
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core - USA
Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (5G)
Exynos 990 (4G only)
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+) - Global
(2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) - USA
Octa-core (1x3.0 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
Samsung Exynos 990 (7 nm+) - Global
Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2x2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)

Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) - USA
(1x3.0 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585
Samsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International)

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Samsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International)

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Samsung Exynos 2100 (5 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-X1 & Cortex-A78 & Cortex-A55 (International)

Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 680 (USA/China)
Display Size 6.1 inches 6.4 inches 6.3 inches 6.8 inches 6.2 inches 6.7 inches 6.9 inches 6.5 inches 6.7 inches 6.9 inches 6.2 inches 6.7 inches 6.8 inches
RAM 8GB 8GB, 12GB 8GB 12GB 8GB 8GB 12GB, 16GB 6GB, 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 12GB, 16GB
Main Camera 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP 16MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D VGA camera 12MP + 64MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 64MP + 0.3MP 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + 0.3MP 12MP + 8MP + 12MP 64MP + 12MP + 12MP 108MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 64MP + 12MP 12MP + 64MP + 12MP 108MP + 12MP + 10MP + 10MP
Battery 3400mAh 4,100mAh Non-removable Li-ion 3,500mAh
Super Fast Charging compatible with in-box TA and cable (wired)
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
Non-removable Li-ion 4,300mAh
Super Fast Charging 2.0 compatible with 45W Travel Adapter and 5A cable (wired)
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
Wireless PowerShare
4,000mAh
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
Non-removable, Li-Po 4,500mAh
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Power bank/Reverse wireless charging 9W
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Fast battery charging 45W
Li-Po 4,500mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Non-removable, Li-Ion 4,300mAh
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging 9W
Non-removable, Li-Ion 4,500mAh
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging 9W
Li-Po 4,000mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Li-Po 4,800mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
Li-Po 5,000mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 25W
USB Power Delivery 3.0
Fast Qi/PMA wireless charging 15W
Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
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