Now you can drop your Samsung Galaxy S5 in the toilet without having to worry about water damage. According to the ZDNet Korea, the upcoming Galaxy S5 will be waterproof and dust-proof, allowing users to sleep just a little more soundly at night knowing their next-gen smartphone is safe from water damage. Although there’s no official confirmation of this rumor, ZDNet has proven to publish accurate, reliable information time and time again.
Water-Damaged Smartphones: How Big Is The Problem?
Water damage is the number one killer of smartphones. Whether you drop accidentally drop it in the toilet (happens more often than you think), or if you’re pushed into the pool with your phone in your pocket, tens of thousands of smartphones are damaged by water each year.
A 2011 study conducted by GoodMobilePhones.co.uk found that 31% of all respondents claimed to have damaged a smartphone with water or some other liquid. What’s even more shocking is that nearly half of all water-damaged smartphones were dropped in the toilet.
Most of us have heard of the water damaged smartphone remedy of placing it in a bowl of rice, but unfortunately this doesn’t always work. Rice is great at absorbing moisture, but it’s not going to miraculously repair shorted circuits and damaged electrical components. Once a smartphone is damaged from water, the owner will likely be forced to replace it with a new model — and unfortunately water damage isn’t covered in most manufacturers’ warranties.
The Galaxy S5’s Waterproof Capabilities
The article published on ZDNet Korea states that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be waterproof and dust-proof.
“For the previously released Galaxy S4, water-proof and dust-proof capabilities were adapted to the handset’s variants. But for the Galaxy S5, the standard model will have them [water and dust-proof capabilities] immediately,” said an anonymous source for ZDNet Korea.
“Users can clean the phone with water while it can sustain short durations of dunking the phone in water,” said the source.
Of course, Samsung has experience working with waterproof materials thanks to their recent Active variation of the Galaxy S4. Last year, the company released the Galaxy S4 Active, which is basically a stronger and more durable waterproof version of the Galaxy S4. Samsung will likely use similar elements from the Galaxy S4 Active with their upcoming Galaxy S5 to achieve the same waterproof capabilities.
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