OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said on his Weibo page that the company and he personally prefer not to talk about the waterproofness of the OnePlus 9 Pro smartphone.
Last year, the OnePlus 8 Pro became the first smartphone from the company to officially meet the IP68 rating. OnePlus 9 Pro followed suit, but the company does not focus on this feature of the smartphone, does not advertise it and tries not to talk about it at all.
This is one of the advantages of a smartphone that we have implemented well, but we do not want to talk about. The reason is simple: IP68 is assessed in a laboratory environment and follows a standardized process. However, the real environment and conditions of use are very different from laboratory ones.
According to the leader of the company OnePlus, the compliance of the smartphone with the degree of protection is simply one of the functions that should work in ideal conditions, while he believes that there is no point in wasting time and resources discussing this issue.
Recall that last year Apple was fined 10 million euros for the “water resistance” of the iPhone, but this does not prevent the company from continuing to advertise the degree of protection of the smartphone. Perhaps Pete Lau thinks in this vein and wants to avoid such proceedings.