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LG G6 teaser confirms that, yes, it will be waterproof

LG G6 teaser confirms that, yes, it will be waterproof

It’s just a few days before MWC 2017, so, naturally, LG is kicking off its marketing engines into full gear. Which means even more breadcrumbs of clues, some of which we already more or less know. Still, it’s good to see some more or less formal confirmation of those features. LG has all but confirmed that the LG G6 will be waterproof but now it is saying it as clear as this water. But as they on TV, “don’t try this at home”.

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LG G6 teasers promise grace under pressure, under water

LG G6 teasers promise grace under pressure, under water

The way things are, LG might not have any surprises left when it unveils the LG G6 in less than two weeks. It's usual practice is to drop bits and pieces of information leading up to the big reveal, which really only confirms what has already been leaked anyway. In this latest round, LG is practically confirming the smartphone's water proofing, a first for its flagship line, promising peace of mind no matter the accidental circumstances.

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Kyocera rafre washable phone returns, now body soap resistant

Kyocera rafre washable phone returns, now body soap resistant

Water resistance is becoming a much sought after property in smartphones these days, with consumers looking at IP rating as much as specs. But IP scores only tell you how long the device might last under water at a certain depth. They don’t tell you if it’s safe to actually wash the phone with soap and water. Kyocera, famous for its hardened smartphones, said back in 2015 that “yes, yes can!” And now it’s saying it again with an all new “rafre”, now with resistance to more kinds of soap.

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LG G6 reportedly picks waterproofing over removable battery

LG G6 reportedly picks waterproofing over removable battery

More signs point to the LG G6 ditching the features that have made the G-Series the choice for Android power-users, following Samsung and Apple in emphasizing style instead. Whispers about the G6, which is expected to be officially unveiled in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress 2017 next month, have circulated for some months now, with speculation about what LG would do following the less-than-enthusiastic reception of the LG G5. Now, with the latest batch of leaks, the strategy is starting to get clearer.

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iPhone 8 tipped to have even stronger water resistance

iPhone 8 tipped to have even stronger water resistance

Water resistance, perhaps even more than dust proofing, has become an expected feature of almost every high-end smartphone these days. After all, if you’re paying premium price for such a sophisticated device, you’d expect it to survive a few, hopefully minor, mishaps. Until the iPhone 7, however, Apple’s smartphones haven’t exactly joined that trend. But now that it has, it seems to be going full out. According to multiple sources, the iPhone 8 will feature an ingress protection (IP) rating of IP68, obtaining the highest dust and water proofing score that few smartphones so far enjoy.

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Galaxy A 2017 waterproofing hinted by Samsung itself

Galaxy A 2017 waterproofing hinted by Samsung itself

It seems that Samsung isn't leaving anything to the imagination as far as its upcoming 2017 rendition of the Galaxy A series is concerned. Samsung's Malaysian Facebook account has practically confirmed that those new models, or at least one of them, will be waterproof as rumored previously. Or at least it is not so subtly hinting at it in its latest teaser that, as mentioned, leaves nothing to the imagination. At least it does confirm that the Galaxy A trio could indeed be a formidable mid-range offering next year.

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LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

If rumors and leaks were truly prophetic, then we practically have a near complete image of the LG G6’s key features. Those rumors have been pretty consistent in what LG’s next flagship will have. Or, more importantly, what it won’t have. According to the latest sources, the G6 will indeed ditch the modular feature that should have been, but wasn’t, the selling point of the G5 before it. In its stead, the G6 will feature allegedly more expensive waterproofing and wireless charging.

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Xperia X Compact gets waterproof, pink models in Japan only

Xperia X Compact gets waterproof, pink models in Japan only

At this rate, people will begin to wonder why Japan is getting some of the nicer stuff. It’s not like they’re subjected to more water than the rest of the world. And yet, that market is exclusively getting at least two waterproof models of high-end smartphones. Hot on the heels of KDDI’s LG V34, NTT DoCoMo has put up the product page for the Sony Xperia X Compact, which is practically the same elsewhere, except for its IP68 rating. And as if to add insult to injury, it also comes in pink!

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LG V34 is the smaller, waterproof V20 you can’t have

LG V34 is the smaller, waterproof V20 you can’t have

The LG V20 is admittedly one of the nicer Android smartphones this half of the year, especially with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 out of the running. But nice as it is, it have a few things that make it less than perfect for some. For one, some might find the 5.7-inch screen a tad too big. For another, it doesn’t speak of any dust or waterproofing at all, much like the new Google Pixel. It seems, however, that LG has addressed those complaints in a new LG V34. The bad news: it’s only available in Japan.

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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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iPhone 7 gotchas: no liquid damage warranty, scratchy jet black

iPhone 7 gotchas: no liquid damage warranty, scratchy jet black

As expected, the iPhone 7 came with some, OK maybe at least one, controversial feature, but it also has some commendable ones as well. That includes, for the first time, some water resistance and a new “high gloss” black color, the latter limited to higher configuration. But, as they say, the devil is in the details and Apple, to no one’s surprise, didn’t really dive into the fine print. Because, apparently, those two particular new “features” might not be all they’re cut out to be after all.

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iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

With the iPhone 7 release event less than a day away, one leak appears to stop all others. Not just a pair of camera sensors, as on the iPhone 7 Plus, but a bit of rubbery material around the insides of the iPhone 7 proper. These gaskets appear to be providing exactly what was reported in part last year. The iPhone 6s began to provide some level of waterproofing with rubbery gaskets around the edges of many components inside the smartphone. Now the phone could be more waterproof than ever before.

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