The OnePlus 5T, OnePlus' latest flagship, contains the majority of the features that are expected of a flagship smartphone in 2017. It packs a large, tall display with narrow bezels, dual cameras, a fast fingerprint sensor, and a large battery, as one might expect at this point. However, one notable omission that has deterred many a user from OnePlus' smartphone both now and in the past has been the lack of IP67 or IP68 water resistance or waterproofing certification. While many consider this to have been an understandable or acceptable compromise given the relatively low price point of the OnePlus 5T, it seems that OnePlus may have been toying with the idea of including water resistance and scrapped it last minute, according to new evidence.
The new evidence in question here is a video from leading tech YouTuber JerryRigEverything. His teardown of the OnePlus 5T exposes a layer of mesh that may have been present to protect the speaker grills from allowing water inside the device, as well as a rubber ring around the USB-C port that might have been present for both water and shock resistance. Given the partial presence of water resistance components, it seems as if OnePlus wanted to get the OnePlus 5T IP67 certified at the least, and was forced to scrap the feature last minute due to time constraints.
Regardless of the status of the waterproofing safeguards in the OnePlus 5T right now, it's safe to assume that OnePlus are aiming to include the feature in future devices. As it's a significant omission on their otherwise-complete feature checklist, it makes sense that OnePlus is seeking to fill the gap as soon as possible, to ensure their flagship killer is keeping up with its older, flagship brothers and sisters.
We've reached out to OnePlus for comment and will update the article when/if we recieve a response.
What do you guys think? Does the lack of waterproofing deter you from buying the OnePlus 5T? Are you excited to see a potential IP67 or IP68 certification on future models? Let us know in the comments, or post over on the forums with your thoughts.