Is ZTE Axon 11 5G Waterproof device?

ZTE has just unveiled the Axon 11 5G, which is their second 5G device after Axon 10 Pro 5G, which was announced last year. The Axon 10 Pro was a very good device and was very well received. The new 5G model might come with extra waterproof layer protection. As the rumors say yet, the new ZTE Axon 11 5G might come with waterproof specifications. So today, we will check whether the device is waterproof or not in our ZTE Axon 11 5G waterproof test. ZTE has always been very much focused on value, and with this release, it again gives the assurity for that. While the device does not offer what other flagships or the premium mid-range phones are offering but it surely is offering for what ZTE is known for and that is value.

The device is available for pre-order in China. The price starts at 2698 Yuan, which roughly translates to $379. The price in India is expected to be around INR 29000, although the availability of the phone in other markets apart from China is yet to be confirmed by ZTE. But before pre-ordering the device, customers want to know whether the device is waterproof or not? So let’s check the device specifications below.

Is ZTE Axon 11 5G Waterproof device

Is ZTE Axon 11 5G Waterproof device?

There is a lot to expect and talk about this new launch, but nothing can be said regarding the experience that it will offer until it is launched. As in the past, the value and experience provided by ZTE have been upto the mark, so we have to wait for the device to fully launch outside China. There are many rumors floating around the device that it will come with IP68 waterproof and splashproof ratings. A waterproof device comes with an additional amount of features which users can enjoy. One of them is talking while its raining. So if ZTE Axon 11 5G does com with the splashproof and waterproof specifications, it will be a great feature for its users.

We have checked with the official sources of ZTE website. However, we could not find any official waterproof tat for the device. Getting an official IP68 rating is hard for smartphone manufacturers, so let’s check it ourselves in our ZTE Axon 11 5G Waterproof test. This test will reveal whether the device can sustain itself underwater or not.

ZTE Axon 11 5G Device Specifications

The phone comes with the Snapdragon 765G processor and Adreno 620, which is quite surprising given that it is, in fact, their premium phone. The memory options provided are 6GB or 8GB, with 128GB and 256GB of storage, respectively. The device also gets a massive 4000mAh battery along with Quick Charge 4+ to support it. With a quad-camera setup at the back, it boasts a 64MP primary camera coupled with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. The camera setup supports 4k/60FPS recording with HDR and beauty options. The display provided here is a 6.47-inch FHD+ OLED panel, which has an in-display fingerprint sensor and comes with a 90Hz refresh rate and a waterdrop notch. The device will ship with Android 10 as the operating system and ZTE’s own skin on top of it. There is no headphone jack on the device but comes with USB Type-C, and Dual-SIM support is also there.


The specifications look very promising. But to match the fact that this is a 2020 release, there are a lot of questions. The lack of a flagship processor certainly shows that this device is not aimed to be the flagship phone and promises to be a premium mid-range phone. With a speculated waterproof feature, it is very hard to comment on anything in this regard. There is no official statement regarding the waterproofing.

ZTE Axon 11 5G Waterproof Test

For now, the only verdict is that the phone does not support waterproofing but as we know in the past manufacturers have made their phones withstand a significant amount of water exposure without any IPX certification there’s nothing that can be said for this phone as it is yet to be on sale.

In our waterproof test, we will dip the device in a bowl filled with half water for 1:30 minutes. So we can say that this device is really tough, indestructible and great and passes or water test.


The waterproof test results are purely based on individual/team observation. These tests will only give an idea of whether a device is waterproof or not. We recommend users not to try this test at home, as it might damage your device.

Display Works
I/O Ports charging port short circuit
Speaker working
Water Damage volume buttons not working anymore, screen damage

After conducting the waterproof test, we have the results now. The new ZTE Axon 11 5G is not a fully waterproof device. However, it can sustain some minor water or juice spills. After conducting the waterproof test, the device got severe water damage in the screen portion. So we recommend users not to use this device near water and take full precaution.



When the matter comes to waterproofing, ZTE Axon 11 5G is not waterproof at all. However, it is splashproof and dustproof to some extent. The device can handle any accidental water splashes. But users should keep their device away from water just to be safe.

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