The phenomenal developments in technology over the last decade have literally changed the way we interact with the world around us. From the “unbreakable” Nokia handsets that started Generation Z’s cellular journey to the 4G smartphones that can easily replicate the functions of a modern, high-end computer, the advancement in cellular technology is something to marvel at. Today, you can observe that almost everyone who passes you on the streets is connected to their loved ones (and the internet!) through a 4G smartphone. But what is 4G? Keep reading.
What is 4G?
In simple words, 4G, short for 4th Generation, is mobile technology that succeeded the 2G and 3G networks. It is a faster medium of connecting, consuming, and downloading data from the World Wide Web or the internet, as it is colloquially known. With download speeds of 14MBPS and upload speeds of 8MBPS, it is approximately 5x and 100x, respectively, faster than its predecessor. Theoretically, 4G is said to attain download and upload speeds of over 100MBPS and over 50MBPS, respectively, thus making it easier for you to access the largest of files at lightning-fast speeds and converting cellular devices into palm-sized computers of the modern age.
New generation=New features
The progress in cellular device technology has lately triggered a global race to create smartphones that come loaded with a plethora of features, with one of the most sought-after traits today being waterproof 4G mobiles. Today, from Oppo, to Nokia, to Xiaomi, to Apple, among others, most manufacturers provide waterproof 4G phones or water-resistant 4G phones. The demand for 4G waterproof smartphones is huge considering the adventurous lifestyle of the millennial generation. But how do you differentiate between waterproof 4G mobiles from normal ones?
Understanding IP ratings
Waterproof 4G phones come with an Ingress Protection rating, generally referred to as “IP” ratings. These ratings refer to the level of protection a device has against solids and liquids. The rating is based on two numerals, which refer to the level of protection offered against solids and liquids, respectively, following the letters ‘IP’. For e.g., the very best of waterproof 4G mobiles currently come with IP68 or IP67 technology, i.e. no ingress of dust permitted (IP‘6’8) and no ingress of water in harmful quantities (IP6‘8’) or temporary immersion in water (IP6‘7’).
This feature makes it easier for the working man to use their 4G smartphones in the most relentless of conditions, albeit to some extent. Since their demand is on the higher side, more and more mobile manufacturers are attempting to improve such protection to their waterproof 4G smartphones.
Here is a price table of the best waterproof 4G phones available in Indian markets at present.
|Waterproof 4G mobile||Manufacturer||IP Rating||Price|
|iPhone 11 Pro (64GB)||Apple||IP68||Rs99,000+|
|Galaxy Note10 Plus||Samsung||IP68||Rs79,000 +|
|Galaxy S10 Plus||Samsung||IP68||Rs69,000+|
|Mate 20 Pro||Huawei||IP68||Rs44,000+|
(#: The iPhone XR is rated IP67, whereas all other devices mentioned above are rated IP68)
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which is the best waterproof 4G smartphone?
The latest models of waterproof 4G smartphones have an IP68 or IP67 rating, meaning they do not let any dust or particles inside as well as survive being submerged in over 1m of static water for 30 minutes, give or take. The smartphone of your choice can fall within this range although this feature is mostly found in top-end (flagship) smartphones, i.e. your Apple and Samsung devices. Most phones that fall in the budget-friendly range are generally water-resistant and not completely waterproof, i.e. they failed immersion tests conducted by expert reviewers.
2. What are the top 5 waterproof 4G smartphones?
Currently, the top 5 waterproof 4G smartphones (with IP68 rating) available online are Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note10 Plus, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E. Meanwhile, Apple’s X generation iPhones are IP67-certified, just one step behind the IP68-rated phones.
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