Samsung’s 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, both feature an IP68 water and dustproof rating. The same durability rating has even trickled down to Samsung’s new Galaxy A series so it won’t be surprising for many to hear that the latest reports expect Samsung to ensure that its upcoming flagship has the same water and dustproof rating as well.
Bear in mind that IP68 doesn’t mean that the handset is completely water and dustproof. For example, the Galaxy S7 was said to be good for up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.
That’s ample protection for the average user who won’t be taking their smartphone swimming with them. At least they will have the peace of mind when they accidentally spill something on the Galaxy S8 or just drop it in the pool. The handset will likely be completely protected against such incidents.
Since this is a product feature that many of its customers appreciate, there’s really no reason for Samsung to take it away with the Galaxy S8, so even as we continue to see contradictory reports about the Galaxy S8 we may hold on to hope that it’s at least going to be a water and dustproof to an extent.
Samsung is expected to showcase the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona next month before eventually releasing it to the public by April 2017.