Water Proof

Samsung displays could bounce off water in the future

Samsung displays could bounce off water in the future

Smartphones have become an integral part of our lives to the point that it’s no longer sufficient for them to be powerful only. They also need to be able to survive many of the accidents we get subjected to, day in and day out, specifically splashes and drops of water. Water resistance is an important factor among high-end smartphones these days, and Samsung is taking that up to the next level by licensing superhydrophobic glass coating for its future devices, like smartphones and tablets.

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Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Our smartphones these days have become part and parcel of our lives to the point that we bring them with us anywhere and everywhere. That runs the risk of exposing them to elements, so consumers have mostly come to expect that their smartphones will survive a bit of a splash. Most flagships for the past years do promise some peace of mind in that regard, with a few exceptions. And unfortunately, according to a “reliable source”, the Google Pixel smartphone will be one of those exceptions, getting only an IP53 rating, which means having no special water resistance at all.

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Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

It is utterly ironic that the Galaxy S7 Active, a smartphone that is advertised to be the utmost in survivability, isn't as immune to water as Samsung would have us believe. And yet that is what some tests have tried to prove, which, naturally, Samsung has claimed not to be the case. That said, now it seems that the manufacturer is admitting some of it, albeit indirectly. The company reached out to Consumer Reports, who first broke the news of the Galaxy S7 Active's less than stellar underwater performance, that the manufacturing problem that caused that issue has now been addressed.

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Galaxy S7 gets an unboxing in water, a teardown in Russia

Galaxy S7 gets an unboxing in water, a teardown in Russia

It's not unusual for new smartphones to get a teardown at one point or another, but the speed at which they happen is somewhat unprecedented. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge were just announced, not even launched, Sunday and now someone in Russia has already torn it apart piece by piece. But before you can go through a smartphone, you have to go through its box first. And what better way to unbox a waterproof device than under water, which is exactly what T-Mobile just did.

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iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

iPhone 6S waterproof? Nearly, and cleverly

Today the folks at iFixit have released some teardown images of the iPhone 6S with specific regard given to the device's ability to be waterproof. The device appears to use technology Apple patented back in the year 2014, including strips of adhesive to seal the front glass panel and display to the back panel, and coating surrounding the cable connectors of all logic boards in the smartphone. Super-tiny differences in the mesh used for speakers was also used, this time finer than the previous generation.

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Sony now backtracking on phones’ underwater prowess

Sony now backtracking on phones’ underwater prowess

Sony's smartphones have traditionally centered upon three or four key strengths: the OmniBalance design, two-day battery life, high-quality camera sensor, and waterproof rating. Two of those, design and camera, have now been challenged, even refuted, and now it seems that Sony itself is trying to debunk another one. The Japanese OEM has updated the wording on some of its support pages to warn users not to use their smartphones underwater, despite their top IP68 dust and waterproof rating, conflicting with their own previous marketing campaigns.

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Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Real-world Apple Watch testing shows water resistance beyond its rating

Apple Watch is resilient to water, with Apple saying “Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof.” With an IPX7 rating, Apple Watch can logistically handle submersion up to one meter for 30 minutes. According to the official ratings scale, IPX7 makes submersion beyond that (either in depth or duration) a problem. Real world stats may prove otherwise; over the weekend, some YouTube videos were posted, highlighting the Apple Watch’s water durability, and it seems to — at least in one instance — test well above IPX7.

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Apple patent suggests next device lineup might be waterproof

Apple patent suggests next device lineup might be waterproof

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your phone. Drop it, and the screen might crack. Load too many apps, or too much media, and it might be sluggish. Both those scenarios often leave a phone usable, but dropping it in water typically sidelines the phone. With so many iPhones in the wild — and the clumsiness we as humans seem prone to — it seems reasonable that waterproofing them is a really good idea. A new Apple patent suggests that’s exactly what’s going to happen, too.

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Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Earlier this week, Ricoh undisclosed its newest edition to the WG outdoor, adventure series of shock proof, enhanced underwater compact cameras. This latest design has focussed on simple, compact body however includes all the features and upgrades expected from an active, on-the-go camera. The contours of the non-slip body combined with the pocket-size chassis enable the user to utilize it in extreme conditions.

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Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Galaxy S6 might not be waterproof, but Galaxy S6 Active will be

Rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 continue to pile up, but the latest ones seem to be sending mixed messages to both fans and onlookers. The latest word on the rumor mill is that the next Samsung flagship won't be flaunting a high waterproof rating, unlike the Galaxy S5 before it. Instead, that feature will be bequeathed on what would be the Galaxy S6 Active, which will be seeing a return to the lineup this year and adding to the number of rumored Galaxy S6 variants.

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This metal is so water-resistant that it bounces them off

This metal is so water-resistant that it bounces them off

If you think IPX8 grade waterproofing is already astounding, prepare to pick up your jaw after seeing this new metal etching technique. Researchers at the University of Rochester were able to come up with a laser-etching method that creates what is probably the most super hydrophobic sheet of metal in the world. It's so hydrophobic that water doesn't simply roll off to one side when tilted at an angle. Water drops actually bounce off repeatedly until they either fall off the edge.

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Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

Sony Xperia Aquatech store requires SCUBA diving lessons

If you're marketing extremely waterproof devices, what would be the best way to get that point across? Well, why not put a store underwater! As if taking a page from Apple's glass retail store in New York, Sony put its concept store four meters under the sea in Dubai. Of course, you won't be getting there on your own and you'll to undergo diving lessons before you are accompanied by trained drivers to the store.

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