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 release, the forthcoming (excuse us while we jump up and down giddily) Samsung Galaxy S8 – is pretty much guaranteed to be a phone unlike any we’ve ever seen before not only does it look like an infinity pool, you could probably drop it in one.

One thing it will have that Samsung S7 users will already be familiar with is IP68, which means the phone is dust and  water-resistant. But since it is the most gorgeous device we’ve ever seen, maybe it’s worth leaving it at home the next time you head to a water-park.

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 that gorgeous, new bezel-less S8 screen and drop your phone in the toilet…. and it will 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 P10 and P10+ and Samsung A3 and A5 all boast an IP68 rating, too.

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