IP68!!! Can it be true? We hear the new Samsung is going to come IP68-certified. But what the heck does that actually mean, in real speak?

Samsung‘s latest releases, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, are unlike any Samsung we’ve ever seen before, as if you weren’t already aware. One thing they have that Samsung S8 users will already be familiar with is IP68, which means the phone is dust and  water-resistant.

An IP68 rating might not be new, but it’s still something to get excited about. Here’s why.

IP stands for ‘Ingress Protection’ and IP ratings are used to define levels of a gadget’s resistance to things like dust, dirt and moisture.

The first number following the IP lets you know how resistant an object is to solids, like dust, while the second number relates to its resistance to liquids, like water.

IP68 is the highest rating you can get when it comes to protecting your phone from foreign objects (solid resistance goes up to a high of 6 while liquids are marked on a scale of 0-8, with bigger numbers equalling better protection).

A rating of 6 implies the object is dust tight and won’t allow any dust in, while the 8 means the phone is protected against the effects of permanent submersion in water (well, for 30 minutes), at a depth of up to 1.5 metres.

So, how is this good for you IRL? You can text in the rain, spill your glass of water over the screen and drop your phone in the toilet… and it’ll still be OK (if not, you’ve got Three Rescue insurance to save you, right?)

Just don’t get too cocky and start practising your synchronised swim routine with your new Samsung in tow, though. And be careful in salt water: while it’s OK for the phone to be exposed to it, it needs to be cleaned with fresh water and dried afterwards so that salt doesn’t block the microphone or speaker.

The high IP68 rating does not mean you should be trying to submerge your phone at all times in efforts to prove that it’s waterproof. Rather, rest easy knowing that not only is it a sick phone, it’s also well-protected in case of accidents with water. And it’ll keep working even if you can’t resist texting from that dusty, Indiana Jones-style cave you wanted to explore…

FYI: the Huawei P20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 both boast an IP68 rating, too.

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