For years, water damage was a threat to mobile phone use, with even the slightest rain having the potential to break devices. Over time, more expensive handsets have almost always offered an IP-rated water resistance to reassure buyers that their phones will survive not only the rain, but the fall in the shower.
One notable exception to this rule was the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and it doesn’t require a genius to make it work. With a phone that is physically bent, water penetration makes it quite difficult to seal all possible areas and as a result, Samsung’s previous foldables don’t guarantee water resistance.
But, according to the leaker Max WeinbachSamsung has managed to fix the problem with its upcoming foldable. Both the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 will apparently offer IPX8 level of water resistance, which is a significant step forward. If true, that means both handsets could be submerged more than a meter deep and survive to tell the story.
Notably, however, the ‘X’ in IPX8 means that a device is not guaranteed to be protected from dust and other small particles. In a way, it’s worse than water protection, given the first batch of reviews the original Samsung Galaxy Fold units encountered were issues where dust can get into the hinge mechanism that breaks down the device.
Samsung’s recent foldable has a . has been used Dust resistant hinge that uses bristles to repel dust particles, however, and it seemed to work quite well. Certainly reliability has been little issue with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, and you’d imagine it would only get better with the third generation.
We will definitely find out if the handset promises water resistance soon. Samsung has officially announced that its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event will take place on Wednesday, August 11, and we’re not just expecting a foldable. Rumor has it that Samsung will also launch two flavors of Galaxy Buds 2, Galaxy S21 FE and Galaxy Watch 4.