As leaks go, Apple and Samsung are both the equivalent of sieves these days. Most of the features on both flagship phones for 2017 are widely known by now, and there’s been yet another information leak about the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8.
According to multiple sources, both smartphones will get the highest waterproof and dust-proof rating – IP68. The Galaxy S7 is currently the only smartphone – even in the premium segment – to get an IP67 rating, which means it can be submerged in 1 meter of water for up to half an hour. An IP68 rating means the device can be put in up to 1.5 meters of water for the same period of time – 30 minutes.
The currently preferred method of waterproofing the internal components of smartphones is waterproof tape rather than adhesive, because it allows for easier repairs. Market leaders in this space are 3M from the United States and NDFOS from Korea.
But Apple and Samsung aren’t the only ones eyeing IP68 ratings for their phones. LG recently showcased XCalibur, a mid-range smartphone, at CES 2017 that ended last Sunday. Samsung is also looking at getting the dust- and water-proof resistance rating for its non-flagship phones like the A3, A5 and A7 for 2017, which they recently unveiled. One source claimed that the South Korean electronics giant is even considering this for its J series of smartphones.
It seems that IP68 is now the new standard for weatherproofing smartphones, with smaller Chinese smartphone makers joining the bandwagon as well.
Samsung Display May Have Leaked Galaxy S8 on Video
The bigger news is that Samsung may have leaked photos of the Galaxy S8 itself. Based on phones that were used in an AMOLED showcase video by Samsung Display, Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly believes that these photos could be featuring the actual Galaxy S8. However, there’s a distinct possibility that Samsung is deliberately misleading the market with a random smartphone profile on which it placed the AMOLED display. I’d hate to think that Samsung was careless enough to overlook such a big leak.
Right below the video that supposedly shows the Galaxy S8 is a link to the article where we showed the earlier leaked photos.
See Older Leaked Photos: New Leaked Galaxy S8 Photo: Could this be the Real Samsung Galaxy S8?
While the video argument could well be true, we’re more inclined to believe the Galaxy S8 will look more like the devices shown in the article linked above. Have a look and tell us what you think.
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