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The Ones With The Raincoat!

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Six popular smartphones with water shield

In a world too unpredictable we often need defensive measures for protection. So how can our most prized possessions – smartphones – be left behind? Today, we present you a list of six popular smartphones, coming with a sheath of their own, becoming knights in shining armor for situations of forceful water spill (we Indians know well about Holi) or maybe a joyful photo session in water or with water.

But first, what is IP certification? Present in almost every high-end spec sheet and being mentioned a lot many times, IP certification or Ingress Protection ratings from International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), ensures a smartphone has protection against water, dust or moisture. The first numeral in the rating ‘IP 68’ or ‘IP67’ stands for the degree of penetration while the second digit is for the protection level from types of moisture.

iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus

iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus

The Cupertino tech major began protecting its smartphones from dust and water with the launch of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016. Continuing the trend, the 2017 models- the, iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus also got the ability. The smartphones come with IP 67 certification, hence keeping them safe from water and dust.

Starting with the flagship killer iPhone X, the smartphone comes with a 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display with really thin bezels and sports vertically-arranged dual rear cameras (rated at 12-megapixel each) and a 7-megapixel front snapper. The device supports Portrait mode for both the rear and front snappers. Additionally, the smartphone has dropped the Touch ID and supports Face ID instead, using TrueDepth 3D sensors.

The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus share resemblance with the predecessors, except for the all-glass design. The smartphones come with the new A11 chipset, runs iOS 11 and comes with wireless charging. The iPhone 8 comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD LCD display while the iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.2-inch one. All the smartphones come in 64GB and 256GB internal storage options.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

The recently unveiled 2018 duo by Samsung- the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ are much like the predecessors (Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+), however, come with a differently-arranged fingerprint sensors. The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ come with Infinity Quad HD+ Curved Super AMOLED displays, rated at 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch, respectively with an aspect ratio rated at 18:5:9. The smartphones are powered by Exynos 9810 processors.

With a single-camera setup (one 12-megapixel rear snapper) for the S9 and a dual one (12-megapixel  ear cameras) for the elder sibling, both the smartphones come with the AR Emoji feature and 8-megapixel front snappers.

Furthermore, the smartphones come with improved Bixby, IP 68 certification, fingerprint scanner, iris scanner, facial recognition, stereo speakers by AL G, and support for SmartThings app.

LG V30S ThinQ

LG V30S ThinQ

While LG hasn’t really revealed anything new for 2018, it surely did announce the improved version of the LG V30, dubbed the LG V30S ThinQ.

The new smartphone comes with AI-based camera features based on both visual and voice. The Vision AI features camera features such as AI CAM, QLens and Bright Mode suggests users with the best shooting modes (portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, and sunset) on scanning a particular subject, and gives shopping and apt setting suggestions. The Voice AI , on the other hand, performs various tasks using voice commands, with the help of Google Assistant.

In terms of the specifications, the LG V30S ThinQ shares the same specs as the original LG V30. The 6-inch QHD OLED FullVision display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RA M, a 3,300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, Android 8.0 Oreo, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, audio by Bang & Olufsen, IP 68 certification, fingerprint scanner, UX 6.0+, all are included. Additionally, the LG V30S ThinQ has an elder sibling, dubbed the LG V30S+ ThinQ with an increased 256GB of inbuilt storage.

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

Sony, at MWC 2018, announced the new smartphones in its XZ series, dubbed the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. With rounded corners, different back design and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, both the smartphones are now distinct.

The smartphones come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC as their highlight, and 19-megapixel Motion Eye primary camera with Exmor RS sensor with a 5-megapixel front snapper with wide-angle lens. Both the devices run Android 8.0 Oreo, and come with IP68 certification.

The differentiating factors between the two are the screen size (the Xperia XZ2 comes with a 5.7-inch full HD+ one and the XZ2 Compact sports a 5-inch one) and the battery capacities (the XZ2 has 3,180mAh battery while the XZ2 Compact gets a 2,870mAh one).

HTC U11+

HTC U11+

HTC’s latest flagship is the U11+ smartphone, with a bezel-less display (6-inch Quad HD LCD with an aspect ratio of 18:9) as its highlight. Other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM/64GB ROM and 6GB RA M/128GB ROM variants, a 3,930mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 tech, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

The camera department houses a 12-megapixel primary shooter with HTC’s UltraPixel 3, UltraSpeed Autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS, and dual LED flash and an 8-megapixel front camera. Additionally, it comes with HTC U Sonic with Active Noise Cancellation and HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition audio system, IP 68 certification and a back-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google’s 2017 lineup includes the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL. While the younger sibling is much like the 2016 Pixel, with the same aspect ratio of 16:9 (with a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display), the Pixel 2 XL has bezels too thin and an aspect ratio rated at 18:9 (with a bigger 6-inch QHD poLED FullScreen display). Both the smartphone come with different battery capacities; 2,700mAh for the Pixel 2 and 3,520mAh one for the Pixel 2 XL.

Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, 4GB of RA M, 64GB and 128GB of internal storage options, and front firing stereo speakers, water and dust resistance, remain the same. On the camera front, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL feature a a primary camera rated at 12.2-megapixel with laser autofocus, dual PDAF, OIS, EIS, while at the front there is an 8-megapixel shooter with fixed focus. Additionally, the smartphones support a rear mounted fingerprint sensor, Active Edge feature, Google Assistant, and come equipped with Google Lens.

The world of technology has now become Vanshika’s close acquaintance, where she started out to explore and write about innovative gadgets and smartphones, soon to become a mobile pundit. She likes to explore new gadgets and meet new people and is intrigued by the things happening around her. An extrovert in nature, she doesn’t keep things to herself. She holds a diploma in Journalism from YWCA, Delhi.

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