New Apple And Samsung Smartphones To Feature Increased Water and Dust Resistance
The Investor has reported that Samsung’s and Apple’s new phones have higher levels of dust and water resistance than previous smartphones.
The iPhone 8 has been (or will be) given an IP68 rating which means it will be able to be submerged under 4.92 feet (1.5 meters) of water for half an hour. Currently, the only phone on the market that features such a rating is the Samsung Galaxy S7.
In this case, IP stands for Ingress Protection and measures how well devices resist the elements. In an IP rating, the first number indicates dust resistance and the second indicates water resistance.
The iPhone 7, as well as most other smartphones, features an IP67 rating. This means they can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and up to one meter of water. The extra half a meter might not seem like a huge deal, but it’s still a welcome upgrade in terms of the hardware’s durability.
An unnamed source told the Investor that Apple was planning the ‘drastic upgrades’ to mark the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.
Samsung is allegedly upgrading all of their phones to an IP68 rating including the cheaper J series. An anonymous source said that Samsung was considering the move because the J series was among their best-selling smartphones:
‘Samsung is considering water protection even for the cheapest J series phones as they are the best-selling Galaxy phones.’
Samsung and Apple aren’t the only companies pursuing this technology. LG Electronics is also planning to increase the IP rating of their smartphones. At CES, the company announced that the mid-range XCalibur would be IP68 certified. Their flagship G6 is also likely to be water resistant. We’ll likely learn more about that at the Mobile World Congress where the phone is expected to be unveiled.
Both Samsung and Apple have said they are going to start using waterproof tape instead of glues and adhesive because the tape makes repairs easier. Other manufacturers haven’t commented on which technology will be used in their waterproof smartphones.
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