The Oppo A60 with MIL-STD-810H Certification Is Available in the Philippines! What Even is the MIL-STD-810H Certification Anyway?

Another one of those “military-grade” products tested. Shall we perform some drop tests? Maybe as high as two floors?

This is the Oppo A60, a phone whose main feature is the MIL-STD-810H durability standard usually only found on obscure rugged phones. Now, Oppo stepped in and literally took the opportunity to make this military grade rating available to a wide range of audiences! They are probably asking content creators right now to drop the device flat on the floor, similar to a certain honorable phone with a similar durability claim.

Before we discuss the practicality of this rating and whether it holds weight in reality, let’s see what else the phone has to offer. First, the device is made available to every user starting May 30 exclusively on Lazada. It comes in two flavors: 8/128 for PHP 9,999 and 8/256 for PHP 11,999. So far, the price is pretty good. Let’s see if it keeps up.

Next, the actual specs. The display… well it’s not spectacular, and it also has a pretty big chin. It’s a 6.67″ FullHD+ IPS LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate. At least it’s pretty bright for IPS LCD standards at 950 nits. OnePlus once released a feature for the OnePlus 12 that lets users move their fingers freely even when there are splashes. Who controls OnePlus now? Oppo! Now, they’re bringing this feature, called “Splash Touch” on the A60, as well.

The chipset used is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680. We’re surprised to see this one again in a sea full of Helio G99s. That’s probably why the price is a little higher than usual. The chipset is not the greatest in the world, but it will do for casual users. Gaming? Not so much. Sure it can game, but that’s not the purpose of it. Also, did we forget to mention this one lack 5G connectivity?

The phone has “two” cameras. Couldn’t get rid easily of that 2MP filler, eh. Well, aesthetically, it fills in a missing void so there’s that. a 50MP sensor handles the photos for this one while a 2MP depth sensor handles that professional-looking “bokeh” effects. Also, while Vivo has the Aura Ring Light, Oppo decided to go the old-fashioned way but better by making the flash brighter by 70% versus the A60’s predecessor. They call it “Turbo Torch” with “torch” being the traditional English name for a flashlight.

The Oppo A60 is equipped with a 5000mAh battery with 45W SuperVOOC fast charging which allows the phone to charge from a dead battery to full in 1 hour. Standard rates we must say but at least they raised the stakes this time from 33W of the previous phones.

The phone has “stereo” speakers with extra volume mode, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and an IP54 rating. Now, the latter part will be discussed if it holds any weight to it, alongside the Military 810H standard. The phone comes in a single colour called Ripple Blue. The 8/128 is available now while the 8/256 option will be available for a wide array of users on June 5, so if you’re after that shock resistance, better wait ’til then for a better deal.

What the Heck is Even the “MIL-STD-810H” Certification?

Okay now that we covered the specs, it’s time to discuss the phone’s main feature, that MIL-STD-810H certification which gives extra shock resistance in case you’ve dropped your phone accidentally, which is a common occurrence. This is a standard that originated from the US Military, wherein certain products are rigorously lab-tested to withstand certain environment conditions. Although originally intended for military use, certain civilian commercial products also use this label. Though, for consumers, the certification can be misleading to make it appear that the product is well-tested under certain rough conditions. The “H” simply refers to the current iteration, which was released in 2019.

There are over 30 tests that devices with this certification undergoes through. Some tests include Low Pressure tests, High Altitude tests, Solar Radiation, and Liquid resistance, usually water. In a way, it’s an even more rigorous version of the consumer-grade IP-rating as the MIL-STD-810H test is designed for use in military supply.

Because the conditions are lab-tested, the practical application of a device’s resistance to shock differs from user to user. Always read the fine print. This also applies to phones with an IP64 or higher rating, wherein companies have to add a disclaimer stating that the certification, while guaranteed to survive being dumped underwater, is simulated. The phone’s actual resistance to water depends on several factors, including the type of water it dropped off of, the age of the device, and user care. Oppo put a disclaimer underneath its website for the MIL-STD-810H rating which reads:  “OPPO A60 has passed the MIL-STD 810H military-grade shock resistance test, which includes multi-angle drop tests, high-intensity impact tests, and other high-standards durability tests. Due to factors such as machine aging and personal usage habits, the experience may vary. Please refer to the actual experience.”

Also, when you see this label on other devices, either from the same brand or from another, the tests are always going to be different. Because, unlike military equipment, the tests done for consumer products differ from brand to brand. Some rugged devices may only be tested for weather resistance, heat resistance, drops, and a combination of all or either. So, the next time you see this label, refer to the brand’s website for more information.

We always tell this to our users: ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT AND DISCLAIMERS so you know what the actual limitations of the product are being advertised online. If there is no citation to back up a bold statement, such as the aforementioned extra shock resistance, that’s a red flag! Run.

Sources: Getac, ASUS, Keystone Compliance, Trusted Reviews


  • 6.67″ FullHD+ (2400x1080px) IPS LCD, 90Hz refresh rate, 950nits peak brightness
    • IP54 splash/dust resistance
    • MIL-STD-810H tested (Shock Resistance, Multi-angle Drop Tests, High-Intensity Impact Tests)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 (6nm)
    • 50MP (Primary), f/1.8
    • 2MP (Depth), f/2.4
    • FRONT: 8MP
  • ColorOS 14 based on Android 14
  • 5000mAh, 45W Fast Charging
  • USB-C, Speaker with Extra Volume Mode, 3.5mm jack
  • 4G LTE, Dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Ripple Blue
  • PRICE:
    • 8/128: PHP 9,999
    • 8/256: PHP 11,999

Source: OPPO