HTC 10 has an IP53 rating for water-resistance, USB 3.1 connectivity

HTC 10 is water-resistant, but only just. Photo: HTC

HTC 10 is water-resistant, but only just. Photo: HTC

You’re probably already pretty familiar with the new HTC 10 by now, but there are a couple of things HTC didn’t tell us during its unveiling earlier today.

The big feature HTC didn’t mention is water-resistance.

Jeff Gordon, senior global online communications manager, confirmed on Twitter that the HTC 10 is IP53-rated. This means “the HTC 10 is protected from spraying water at any angle up to 60° from the vertical,” explains Droid-Life.

“To be clear, we are talking a spray of water, not splash of water. In other words, a light misting or steamy bathroom after a hot shower should be just fine.”

What isn’t fine is submerging the HTC 10 in water. Unlike the Galaxy S7 series, then, which can withstand up to 5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, HTC’s new handset still shouldn’t go anywhere your sink, swimming pool, or toilet.

However, if you do happen to spill a glass of water on it, it should be fine. It should also be fine in dusty environments. Although dust will enter the device — which means a case is recommended — it should be able to cause any trouble internally.

Gordon also confirmed that the HTC 10’s USB-C port is compatible with the latest USB 3.1 standard, which means users get to enjoy super-speedy data transfer speeds. Other USB-C handsets — like the OnePlus 2 — have used the older, slower USB 2.1 standard.