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❤ Samsung Galaxy: The truth about Galaxy S9 waterproofing

If you don’t know it yet, the new Samsung Galaxy S9 is IP68 certified. What does this mean? It means it is waterproof and dust-proof to some degree.

What is Ingress Protection or IP?

First of all, if you don’t know what the IEC 60529 is, don’t worry — it’s a standard put out by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which is basically a test with set rules and regulations. A device is then assigned an IP rating for resistance to dust and water in accordance to its performance on the test. To quote the standard itself:

“This standard describes a system for classifying the degrees of protection provided by enclosures of electrical equipment for two conditions: 1) the protection of persons against access to hazardous parts and protection of equipment against the ingress of solid foreign objects and 2) the ingress of water. The degree of protection against these two conditions is designated by an IP Code.”

Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices both earned themselves a rating of IP68 in the IEC 60529 tests. While a very high score — higher than the 2017 line of iPhones’ IP67 — these phones are not waterproof, just water resistant.

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What does IP68 really mean?


The abbreviation of “Ingress Protection,” the rating system for a device’s dust- and water-resistance.


An IP rating’s first number represents a device’s dust protection rating. A “6,” although smaller than the S9’s second IP number, actually means the device is completely dustproof. Good on you, Samsung!


Water resistance is denoted by the second number of the rating. An “8” shows that the S9 devices can be fully submerged in water as deep as 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. For reference, the iPhone X, which scored a “7,” can be submerged for 30 minutes at 1 meter deep.


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