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Is the Motorola Razr 2024 waterproof?

All three colors of the Motorola Razr 2024.
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Motorola is a company that’s easy to miss news about, but the Motorola Razr 2024 and Motorola Razr Plus 2024 are both reasons why you should be paying attention. Motorola’s twin foldable smartphones are some of the best you can buy, with gorgeous designs, incredible screens, and a folding mechanism that’s a genuine competitor for Samsung’s Z Flip devices.

This year, Motorola has made some big tweaks to its two flip phones, but one of the ones you may have missed was a change in their water-resistance ratings. In previous years, the Motorola Razr and Razr Plus sported IP52 ratings for water and dust resistance, meaning they were splash-resistant but not particularly protected against drops into deeper water.

Has Motorola changed this up for 2024’s Razr and Razr Plus?

Is the Motorola Razr 2024 waterproof?

Someone holding the Motorola Razr 2024.
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Yes, it is. The Motorola Razr 2024 and Razr Plus 2024 both have IPX8 ratings, meaning they’re very different from previous generations of Motorola flip phones.

The rating brings Motorola’s devices into line with other flip phones, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, which also has an IPX8 rating. Considering the foldable market is something of an arms race at the moment, it’s important for Motorola to close gaps like this where it can.

But what does IPX8 actually mean? Thankfully, it’s easy enough to understand.

What does an IPX8 rating mean?

The Motorola Razr Plus (2024) and Razr (2024) next to each other.
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The important thing to know about an IP rating is what each letter and number means. The “IP” stands for “ingress protection,” while the two symbols afterward represent the resistance to dust and water (in that order). Dust is rated from 1 to 6, while water protection goes from 1 to 9. So, in this context, an IP rating of IPX8 indicates that the Motorola Razr and Razr Plus both have strong water resistance and are able to withstand total immersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

What about the “X”? Well, that means it doesn’t offer any serious protection against dust and other physical ingress or hasn’t been tested to resist such. So make sure to keep your device away from sand, dusty environments, grit, and any other potentially damaging small particles.

Someone holding the Motorola Razr Plus 2024.
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So this means you can throw your phone into the water, yes? Well, you can, but we still wouldn’t recommend it. IPX8 is classed as water-resistant, not waterproof, which means it’s not completely sealed against ingress. Water can get in; it’s just much less likely to do so. Also, keep in mind that this rating is for fresh water, so it may not perform as well in the salty water of the sea or in chlorinated pool water.

As ever with IP ratings, your best bet is to use them as an insurance policy, not a feature. If you’re going to immerse your phone on purpose, we recommend always putting it into a waterproof case or pouch first — the IP rating just means your phone is more likely to survive if it accidentally falls into the bath or pool.

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