According to a recent report originating from South Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will boast an IP68 rating, meaning the device will be both dustproof and waterproof. Samsung's latest flagships, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, also shipped with IP68 ratings, so this news isn’t completely surprising, but it’s still good to know that the feature is being incorporated into Samsung's upcoming smartphone that has been creating a lot of buzz over the past few weeks. In case you’re unaware, an IP68 rating denotes the very highest standard of weather protection as it allows devices to be submerged in liquids for up to 30 minutes and up to a depth of 1.5 meters (around 5 feet) without any damage.
Even though Samsung has been relatively late to the party when it comes to waterproofing its flagship handsets, the feature itself is far from a novel concept in the world of Android smartphones. Flagship Android handsets made in Japan often boast this feature, and most of Sony’s premium smartphones have been both waterproof and dustproof for years now. In fact, even a few mid-rangers from the company like the Xperia M Aqua have also shipped with an IP68 rating in recent years. Meanwhile, Samsung’s main competitor in the smartphone space, Apple, is also said to be introducing these features with its next generation of the iPhone, making this device the very first waterproof and dustproof smartphone from the company.
According to recent rumors, the Galaxy S8 is expected to be unveiled in April as the successor to the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge which were launched in early 2016. The Galaxy S8 will be Samsung’s first flagship smartphone since the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 which was withdrawn from the market, so the South Korean tech giant obviously has high hopes for it. If recent rumors are anything to go by, the device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and the company is also expected to release an Exynos 8895-powered variant. The Galaxy S8 is said to feature a 5.7-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED display and run Android Nougat out of the box. More information is expected to follow shortly.