Samsung's new line of Galaxy S20 flagships have a water resistance rating of IP68. This means you don't have to worry about wetting the phones, but there is a limit to that.
The IEC standard 60529 outlines a series of tests conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. From these tests, devices such as the S20 then receive an official IP rating based on how well they do against exposure to water and dirt. According to the standard:
This standard describes a system for classifying the levels of protection offered by housings of electrical equipment for two conditions: 1) the protection of persons against access to hazardous components and the protection of equipment against intrusion of solid foreign matter objects and 2) water penetration. The degree of protection against these two conditions is indicated by an IP code.
Although more commonly referred to as "Ingress Protection" in the IP code, the "IP" is actually short for & # 39; International Protection Marking & # 39 ;. It tells you how a smartphone is protected against water and debris. From here, the handset receives two numeric scores that are placed directly next to "IP" to show their overall performance. The S20 line has the rating IP68, which means:
- IP: stands for & # 39; Ingress Protection & # 39 ;, the assessment system that measures the protection level of a smartphone against water and dirt.
- 6: The first digit indicates the resistance of a device to dirt and debris. Although apparently low on the surface, the "6" rating is actually the highest score a device can achieve because it means full protection against dirt and dust.
- 8: The second number indicates how resistant a device is to water penetration. With an official score of "8", the Galaxy S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra can be fully submerged in water up to 1.5 meters deep – or slightly less than 5 feet – for up to 30 minutes and appear intact.
So whatever it is For the S20 model you choose, you can be sure that your handset has more than adequate protection against water and dirt. So unintended drops in the pool or bathtub or even buried in sand are not things to worry about.
But corrosive liquids such as salt water, alcohol, chlorine, vinegar, acetone and other impurities and chemicals are not included in the IP rating. These common substances can damage the rubber seals and gaskets that protect the inside of your S20 from the elements, so you need to be extra careful with your S20 in the vicinity of these substances.
Finally, you should know that Samsung invalidates your warranty if you get the water damaged. You can further protect yourself and your flagship by registering with Samsung Premium Care, a monthly subscription that gives you up to three claims per 12 months, including water damage.
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