- Redmi will launch dust and waterproof smartphones in future.
- It recently launched the Redmi K30 Pro with IP53 rating.
- It is not clear what phones they will be.
Xiaomi's Redmi is planning the next course for its upcoming smartphones and it includes the IP68 dust and water resistance. Redmi's general manager Lu Weibing said, the brand's future products will likely have the IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, which has so far been lacking in the Redmi products despite soaring high on the premium category with other specifications. Its latest Redmi K30 Pro is only IP53 rated for dust and water resistance, which makes it efficient only enough to brave splashes.
In a Weibo post, Weibing justified why the Redmi K30 Pro is well capable of handling dust and water splashes with just the IP53 certification. "Redmi K30 Pro supports IP53, which is enough to cope with splash-proof. I think IP68 is not needed," he wrote. But this did not go well with Redmi fans, who soon began to call out Redmi for having excluded a feature that is normally found in premium flagship phones. Since Redmi K30 Pro is the recent flagship from the brand, the outcry was sensible. Several users started asking Redmi to launch IP68-certified products in future.
With the backlash being the driving force behind Redmi's decision, Weibing then said, "Since everyone likes IP68 so much, we will also consider it for future products." We are not certain if this is something Redmi has been planning all this time for its future products of if it was a rushed decision to quell the criticism from fans. Come what may, Redmi smartphones that will debut in the near future will likely have the IP68 dust and water resistance.
While Redmi specifies the certification for dust and water resistance on its phones, OnePlus has so far shied away from mentioning the IP rating for its phones despite its claims that the level of resisting dust and water is high enough. It was hard for OnePlus to back that claim in the lack of an official IP rating. But that is changing as well. OnePlus 8 series, which is set to launch on April 14, is likely to bear the IP68 rating for the first time. The OnePlus 8 series includes the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.
For what it is worth, Redmi will now get the IP68 rating for its future smartphones. But we do not know what phones they will be.