Maybe it's the months-long PR buildup, maybe it's the extreme scarcity, or maybe it's just the manifested hopes of thousands of overeager Android fans, but the OnePlus One sure seems to be attracting more than its fair share of rumor and misinformation. Just over a month ago we needed to clarify that the powerful unlocked phone does not, in fact, have a MicroSD card slot, and here we are again. So, just to be clear: the OnePlus One is not waterproof in any way, shape, or form, and giving your shiny new phone a baptism is a very bad idea.

The idea of a OnePlus One with water-repelling powers stems from the video above, where one random YouTube user observed that his OnePlus One did not immediately melt after being exposed to a few raindrops. Based on this evidence, he decided to dunk his brand new phone into a few centimeters of water. The phone comes out apparently unscathed after up to 12 seconds of extremely shallow submersion.

Initially we decided to ignore this, but despite the fact that OnePlus never indicated any kind of waterproof rating for the one, the video continues to accumulate views and news posts. So to set the record straight, we asked for a comment from a OnePlus representative:

The OnePlus One is put through a multitude of tests in varied conditions including mist and water. While it is built to the highest standard, the OnePlus One is not endorsed as a water resistant product and water damage will not be covered by warranty.

So there you have it: one YouTuber got lucky after splashing his One with a little rainwater, and you should in no way try to replicate his good fortune. There are plenty of other phones to choose from if you're in the habit of playing 2048 in the shower.

Source: YouTube

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • usamaisawake

    That's very nice of you guys to put out this PSA.

    • Corey Watford

      Considering NOBODY is ever gonna be able to buy the phone

      • Doakie

        I think that's a little over dramatic....

        • ProductFRED

          It's not over-dramatic. Tons of people have been waiting to purchase this self-proclaimed "2014 flagship killer" from a company that tells us to "never settle". So far, their release system and schedule has been more painful that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 releases. Yes, we get it, it's an amazing phone. No one is denying that. But what's the point of flaunting it if I can't buy it? I know I'm going to get shot down by barrage of comments telling me to shut up, but you know what? I'm tired of all of these stupid contests and raffles that they keep pulling to try and entice us to wait and not buy an S5, One M8, Z2, or LG G3. It's great that the cost of the One Plus One is a fraction of what the other flagships cost. But you know what? It doesn't matter if no one can buy it.

          • exadeci

            I don't bother either I'll wait for Ara or Zte Eco-Mobius it might be more expensive but on the long run I will save.

          • Konstantinos Pap

            Well said. Fking Cyanogen is trolling us. Go stick it up your butt.

          • RTWright

            Again with someone with that "ME" mentality. People today can't be patient for anything, everything is about them and must be done NOW not later! All I can say is to all of you that feel this way? Start your own company, make your own phone and you better have it available the moment you start talking about it or the people like yourself will chew you up and spit you out. Call you everything from lame to gay because you don't do it like they feel you should. In other words, quit your complaining or do it better yourself.....

      • Matthew Merrick

        Plenty of people have already bought this phone, just with a different firmware loaded. It's called the OPPO find 7a

    • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

      What does PSA stand for?

      • usamaisawake

        public service announcement

        • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

          Thank you.

        • SxperiaS

          Nice PSA to a PSA post

  • thewafflehouse

    The problem with these videos is also the fact that people don't realise. Water damage usually doesn't happen immediately. It will take effect over an indeterminant period of time. If you ever pour liquid on a keyboard, it will work for a while, and crap out randomly. Electronics can sometimes have no problems, but then the issues persist as corrosion spreads. I always want an update from about 3 months later as to how the device is still holding up.

  • Doakie

    Aren't all phones able to withstand being used in rain? To jump from rain to full submersion is borderline idiotic.

    • KojiroAK

      To a degree, heavy rain is pretty good at killing your smarpthone.
      But with heavy rain I mean, if you have the fealing all angels take a piss at the same time.

      • Alvin Brinson

        Actually it just takes one droplet to enter the headphone jack or USB port.

        You can put all the drops you want on the GLASS and it'll be fine. It's GLASS.

        But dipping? He's gonna regret it. Though anyone who does a video like this is probably a rich kid anyway and can buy all the phones he wants.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I can't decide if the author of the video is a genious for letting everybody know about nonexisting waterproofing capabilities of OPO or if he is an idiot because he decided to actually dump the device underwater after having it exposed to a few raindrops

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

    I mean this dude isn't wearing shoes and walking in rainwater puddles he's kind of hard to trust lol.

    • I know, right?

      Why would you wear shoes if you're going to be walking in rain puddles? You like wet shoes??


      • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

        I just spray my shoes with http://www.neverwet.com

      • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

        Tape worm

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          Tape worm? Not likely.
          Hookworm would be an option though.

        • MJ

          What does tape worm have to with anything? It is totally safe to walk in puddles in your backyard with bare feet...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Do we even have evidence of him wearing pants? How can we trust a dude without pants?

      • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

        We just can't.

      • Lars Jeppesen

        I'm not wearing pants right now, and you sure as hell can't trust me

      • Anthony Castanza

        I find pantsless people generally more trustworthy than average, they've clearly got nothing to hide.

      • TylerChappell

        I'll be honest, I have a habit of trusting dudes without pants.

  • Norman Fong

    This youtuber can afford an OnePlus One and an HTC One M8 but can't afford shoes or sandals. #hillbillytechreview ?

    • Chairman Fong

      Jeebus...what's with the anti-barefoot brigade here?

      Pavement hurt your pretty little painted toesies?

      • Richard Gao

        omg are you guys related

  • http://google.com/+ThomasBeling Thomas Beling

    I think you can upgrade the device by using the "waterproof app".


    • Michael J Carroll

      I heard iOS8 not only has microwave charging, but is also waterproof and activates hydro-electric static freecharging.

      Pls google, give us these features. :(

      • IdRatherPostAsGuest

        Google announced Google Nose (beta) several years ago, it enables micro-heating your screen to reproduce smells.

        Unfortunately it pulled from public beta though. But, did Apple (or any other companies) announced something so innovative like this?

        • My1

          that was an Apriol Fools'...

          • Sarcasm, ever heard of it?

            No shit.

  • Roberto Virga

    Smash the future!

  • http://www.itemsherpa.com/ ItemSherpa

    on a side note... the company behind this phone is currently hiring english-speaking customer service people w/ salaries of us$1700... after being hired you get a oneplus of your own. they are also looking for an SEO and several french social media workers - http://www.itemsherpa.com founder

  • Gaulke

    If I had one of these, put it in water would be the last thing in my mind.

  • Simon Belmont

    People with more money than sense. It's always fun to buy a multi-hundred dollar device and then put it to a test where its destruction is basically assured.

    Almost as stupid as the moron that smacked the Galaxy S5 with a hammer until the battery pillowed and exploded right in front of him. The threat of physical harm doesn't even deter these people.

  • kenrod

    Corey's not being dramatic....Check out the OPO forum threads. it's a pretty angry crowd there. Unless you're extremely lucky enough to score an "invite" by sucking up to some of the early forum members, you'll be lucky if you're able to even get on the pre-order list by Q3.
    OPO can only be a flagship killer if it gets out into enough hands, and soon.

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