OnePlus have always been a company offering great value for money. Slowly but surely they have been adding features that the more expensive phones have while still keeping the costs relatively low. Now a leak is suggesting that the OnePlus 8 will have some form of formal IP rating, something they have never had before.
IP ratings cost a lot to get done and the manufacturing process required to make a phone water resistant or waterproof is a lot more detailed than not doing so. As such costs are more to give a phone this water protection. Last night leaker Max J. suggested in a Tweet that the OnePlus 8 will receive some for of IP rating.
— Max J. (@MaxJmb) February 15, 2020
The phone in the image is a concept phone and not the actual OnePlus 8 suggesting that the image is not an official one from OnePlus but instead one made by him to visualise the rumour he had heard.
While OnePlus have in the past always said that their phones are splash-proof there was never any formal rating of such resistance. Now it looks set to be made formal with Max J. suggesting that the OnePlus 8 will have an IP68 dust/water resistance rating — the equivalent of other ultra-premium flagships available on the market.
While we are yet to see anything official from OnePlus regarding this it would not surprise us given that they are no longer a fledgling company but rather a big player in many markets. They now have to think about including everything possible in their flagships and the IP rating is one obvious choice.
Of course we still do not know if the OnePlus 8 will officially make the trip Downunder but we sure hope they also branch out into other smaller markets now that they have conquered India and others. Do you think an IP rating is essential for a phone or do you do your best to try and keep it dry no matter the rating?