You’ve seen smartphones touting water resistance, splash resistance and all the other fancy buzzwords that are used to convey one basic message: Your smartphone should survive an unfortunate meeting with water.
But how important is that? Also, what’s the difference between water resistance and plain splash resistance? And, what’s that peculiar code that’s sometimes next to a manufacturers water resistant rating and sometimes not? Well, here’s where you can get your answers
The HTC U11 EYEs is finally announced and it looks like a mid-range smartphone that’s based on the U11+. Like most selfie-centric smartphones these days, the U11 EYEs has two front cameras that can produce bokeh-licious selfies.
Following the release of the BlackBerry KEYone earlier this year, here comes a new model with the BlackBerry Motion. Essentially this is a full touch-screen version of the KEYone and it is also the first BlackBerry device that comes with water resistance.
LG seems to be launching smaller phones of its current flagships. After anouncing the LG Q6, which is basically a budget version of their LG G6, the Korean smartphone maker is now introducing the LG Q8, which is a “mini flagship” version of its LG V20 phablet.
If you’ve been hoping that Google‘s upcoming Pixel smartphones — the Pixel and Pixel XL — would be water resistant like the Galaxy Note7, it looks like you’re out of luck because Android Police believe that the new duo from Google will have almost “no enhanced water resistance at all“.
Samsung is expected to roll out multiple variants of its Galaxy S5 and now information of its Galaxy S5 mini has surfaced on Samsung Mobile’s New Zealand Website. The page which outlines its mobile warranty information has listed the compact S5 mini’s limitation of being submerged for 30 minutes under 1 meter of water. This is the typical IP67 dust and water resistant credential like its current Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S5.
At time of writing, they have removed the Galaxy S5 mini from the page but you still view the cached copy in the source link below. The Galaxy S5 mini will be a notch down from the Galaxy S5 in terms of hardware and it is rumoured to have a 4.5″ HD 720p display and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. The new model is expected to be revealed by mid year and it could be launched together with its high-end Galaxy S5 variant rumoured to be its premium F-series.
Samsung Germany has just announced the Samsung Galaxy Xcover — an IP67-rated Android phone that is dirt and dust resistant and can survive a 30 minute dunk in water a metre deep. The rugged Galaxy Xcover runs Android 2.3 and features a 3.65-inch display with tempered, scratch resistance glass as well as a 3.2-megapixel camera and 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity. Not much else has been revealed about the device but you can expect a 1GHz-ish processor with running the show.
Availability is slated for October 2011 in Germany. No word on whether the Galaxy Xcover will be coming to Malaysia but considering that none of the previous Samsung Xcover phones made it here (yes, there were a range of Xcover branded rugged phones from Samsung prior to this one), we don’t think you should hold your breath for this one — which is sad because among the rugged Android phones we’ve seen, this one is the best looking (and possibly thinnest).
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