A new report claims that Samsung's next-generation Galaxy Note 4 and LG's G3 smartphone will both be IP67 waterproof and dust-resistant.
Sony can be credited with the latest trend of waterproof smartphones and tablets. The company introduced the feature on its Xperia Z smartphone in 2013 and it has made its way to many of the company's smartphones and tablets. Samsung decided to test the waters and launch a rugger version of the Galaxy S4, that the company called the Galaxy S4 Active. Rather than building a separate variant of the Galaxy S5, Samsung made its upcoming flagship smartphone water and dust-proof right out of the box.
A new report from a Korean website, seems to confirm previous ones that say all of Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphones will ship with the ability to be both dust and water-resistant. Samsung will reportedly use the same method of Liquid Silicon Moulding it used with the Galaxy S5 in its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 phablet. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to receive an IP67 certification that will make the smartphone dust-resistant and waterproof, with the ability to be submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes.
The report also claims that Samsung won't be the only Android smartphone maker to jump on Sony's bandwagon. LG is reportedly preparing to introduce its next-generation flagship smartphone, the LG G3 to replace the current G2 with a similar waterproof feature. The smartphone is expected to be officially announced by the company in the next few months and will reportedly be the basis for Google's next flagship Nexus 6.
The report doesn't list when we can expect to see the Galaxy Note 4 get unveiled, but judging from Samsung's previous introductions of its phablet series, we should expect to see the smartphone announced at IFA in Berlin, which takes place Sept. 5 through Sept. 10, 2014.
Current rumors claim the Galaxy Note 4 will likely ship with a 6-inch QHD display that will have a resolution of 2560 x 1440, include a fingerprint scanner in its Home button (like Galaxy S5), and will be the first Samsung smartphone to ship with a 64-bit Exynos processor.
As always, it's a good idea to take these types of reports with a grain of salt for now, but it's definitely looking like Android fans will be able to enjoy using their future smartphones near water without fear.