As we head to Samsung’s next Unpacked event on August 11th, more and more details are starting to emerge about the foldable devices that are expected to show up.
Earlier today, an alleged price list was leaked online ahead of Unpacked, which was said to offer pricing details for both the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3.
According to Weinbach, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 will be the first foldable devices to offer IPX8 water resistance, allowing them to be submerged to a depth of more than 1 meter.
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What you need to know about IPX8
Given that Samsung’s Z Fold and Z Flip devices are easily its most premium and expensive handsets, it will come as a huge relief to users that their costly investment is now completely free from splashes of water or an accidental drop in the sink should not be wasted. – believing the rumor to be true
It will also be considered a key feature in this year’s foldable offering – especially as Samsung wants to take Note users to the Z Fold 3 with its rumored S Pen Pro support.
But while there’s no denying that Level 8 water resistance will be a great addition to Samsung’s foldable lineup, it’s worth noting that the X in this particular rating means it won’t promise any dust resistance .
This is because the surface tension of water (about 72 mN/m at room temperature) has a much stronger molecular structure than ultra-fine dust, making it more difficult to break down water droplets into tiny pores (such as those on the speaker grille of a phone).
Will dust be a concern?
If you bring your mind back to 2019, you’ll remember that early Galaxy Fold review units suffered from a number of durability issues—one of which was dust making its way into the hinge mechanism.
Thankfully, Samsung quickly developed a fix for that problem, implementing future Fold devices with a dust-resistant hinge that uses bristles to brush dust particles off the device. This leads us to believe that the perceived lack of dust resistance should not prove to be of much concern.
Of course, the IPX8 rating is completely unconfirmed at this stage, which means we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung has in store for us on August 11th.
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