Water Resistance is a feature that many don’t value till they have actually lost a phone to water damage. Not having to worry about the phone in your pocket when you are all of a sudden caught in the rain, or after an accidental spillage is an unmatched convenience and that’s perhaps why water resistance is important.
At the same time, this hasn’t been anywhere near the top in the priority list for manufacturers when it comes to affordable or even mid-range phones. But if this is something you just don’t want to miss on, here are a few water resistant phones priced under and around Rs. 20,000.
Motorola has always been serious about adding water and splash resistance to its phones. In fact, the Moto G3 launched a couple of years back was water resistant certified even when priced under 15,000 INR.
The latest Moto X4 starts at Rs. 20,990 in India and is IP68 water and dust resistant certified. The phone can also connect to 4 Bluetooth devices at once, is assured to get Android Oreo update, is powered by Snapdragon 630 octa-core chipset, and has dual-rear cameras.
Huawei’s Honor 7X, which is expected to arrive in India very soon, is another affordable phone that has an 18:9 display panel, is powered by octa-core Kirin 659 processor and is IP67 water resistant certified.
Other features include dual rear cameras, fingerprint sensor, Android Nougat based software and 3340mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Samsung’s A-series is meant to pass on flagship features to mid-range buyers in successive years, and the Galaxy A5 (2017) has several of those including curved glass body and IP68 dust and water-resistant certification, which enables it to resist damage under 1.5-meters of water for 30 minutes.
Other Samsung Galaxy A5 highlights include AMOLED display, Samsung Pay, dedicated card slot, and 16MP selfie camera with wide f/1.9 aperture.
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A7 is basically same as the Galaxy A5 save for the bigger display and battery. The handset is IP68 water and dust resistant certified, which makes it water and dust resistant certified under 1.5m deep water for about 30 minutes.
The handset has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, Exynos 7880 Octa-core processor, front mounted fingerprint sensor, Fast charging support, and 16MP selfie camera.
HTC 10 Evo
HTC 10 Evo is a year old today, but it’s now selling for a compelling under 20K price in India. Apart from IP57 water and dust resistance (that should protect it in 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes), the phone offers a sharp 5.5-inch SLCD3 display with Gorilla Glass 5, has 16MP rear camera with OIS, and offers impressive audio quality.
What’s the catch? Well, it’s powered by Snapdragon 810 Mobile platform which was probably the worst Qualcomm flagship that’s notorious for heating. And it’s missing the audio jack.
Best Water Proof phones under Rs. 20,000
As you can see, Water resistance is one of those high-end features that still isn’t available for affordable phones. At least not very easily. Among contemporary phones, Moto X4 is the only mid-range option at the time of writing. We will update this list with more options as they are available.
At the same time, there are quite a few affordable splash resistant phones that you can buy in India as of today.
Best Mid-range Splash resistant phones
- Nokia 7
- Mi 6
- Moto Z Play
- Moto Z2 Play
- Moto G5s Plus
- Moto G5 Plus
- Moto G4 Plus
- Moto E3 Power