Is Pixel 3a and 3a XL waterproof device?

With the successful launch of pixel device last year, Google has released its new range of affordable smartphones. The new Pixel 3a and 3a XL were launched in May 2019 and are driving users crazy because of exceptional build quality and relatively low price. Google Pixel devices are one of the best combinations of best hardware and software in one package. Since Google Pixel series aren’t cheap and are not meant for budget segment buyers, it is expected to come with IP68 waterproof ratings.

Many customers want to know whether the new Google Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL comes with IP68 waterproof ratings or not. Since the last Pixel device came with IP68 supports, many people believe that these devices will to have IP68 waterproof certifications. We will conduct Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL waterproof test to find out for sure.

Is Pixel 3a and 3a XL waterproof device?

Is Pixel 3a and 3a XL waterproof device?

Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL are designed for modern customers in demand. However modern generation demands a waterproof smartphone. So it is expected that Google Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL will most likely to ship with IP68 waterproof ratings.

A waterproof smartphone is a kind of smartphone which can resist any possible water damage. You might have seen some devices which immediately gets damage when they come in contact with water. This is not true at all for waterproof smartphones.

According to the official website, the latest Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL doesn’t come with any waterproof certifications. Which means that these new devices are not waterproof.¬†However, we will still conduct our Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL waterproof test to find out for sure.

Pixel 3a and 3a XL Waterproof Test

In our waterproof test, we will dip the device under water for 30 seconds. After that, we will observe the device for any abnormalities such as screen flickering, camera fog, etc. But before that, have a look at the device specifications:

Features Google Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a XL
Display 5.60-inch display with a resolution of 1080 by 2220 pixels 6.0-inch display with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
Storage 64/128 GB available 64/128 GB available
Rear Camera 12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) 12.2-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron)
Front Camera 8-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron) 8-megapixel (f/2.0)

Now as the specification part is done, let’s move on to our Pixel 3a and Pixel 2a XL waterproof device.


This test is purely based on individual/team observation. This test will only give an idea whether a device is waterproof or not. So users are advised not to try this at home, as it might damage your device.


After conducting the waterproof test on both the devices, we can conclude that both of them are splash proof to some extent. However, they are no means near to a perfect IP68 rated waterproof smartphone. We recommend users to take special care of their devices while they are near water bodies.

Users are recommended:

  • Not to take underwater photos with the devices
  • Don’t make or receive calls in rain or while taking a shower
  • Not to take underwater selfies etc.

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