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Taking the plunge: why waterproof smartphones will be even better in 2018

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James Rankins
Feb 04, 2017 19:47
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Liquid damage is the second most common cause of damage with smartphones, representing 35.1% of all devices repaired.

Those are the words from IDC s 2016 report looking into the causes of smartphone damage, and it s clear why more manufacturers are looking to make their handsets impervious to the wet stuff.

It may not be the killer feature that pulls in the sales, but according to a 2016 YouGov poll water resistance is the third most sought-after feature by US consumers, after a shatterproof screen and longer battery life.

Currently, there are two main ways manufacturers can make their phones water resistant.

The first is to use mechanical protection, such as gaskets and a completely sealed unit to prevent water from entering the device, much like Samsung has done with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

This allows the phone to take a dip in a sink or bath without any damage, but causes a headache for manufacturers and means design is somewhat limited.

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