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Rumor: Samsung orders 5 million waterproof antennas for the Galaxy S5

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Rumor: Samsung orders 5 million waterproof antennas for the Galaxy S5
Last week, we passed on the rumor that Samsung will introduce a dustproof/waterproof version of its upcoming flagship smartphone, the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5. Well, it seems that the rumor might turn out to be true, as Samsung has reportedly cancelled 5 million LDS (laser direct structuring) antenna units and switched to IMA (in-mold antenna) ones.

What does this tell us?

Well, LDS antennas are more compact, yet fragile, while the slightly thicker and sturdier IMA enable the creation of waterproof devices. For example, the Galaxy Note 3 comes with an LDS antenna on board, while the Galaxy S4 Active houses an IMA one.

What's more, a Chinese manufacturer, Daesan Electronics, has allegedly succeeded in developing an IMA antenna that is as thick as an LDS one. Dubbed H-IMA (high performance in-mold antenna), its overall thickness is between 0.15 and 0.2mm. Rumor has it that Samsung might use Daesan's enhanced IMA antenna in some variants of the Galaxy S5.

source: ETNews via SamMobile

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posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:31

1. Davidjan (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Hope it supports OTG to add storage with Meenova MicroSD reader..

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:35 3

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2844; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Hopefully it's not cheap plastic and has better radios.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 00:37

10. xfire99 (Posts: 365; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


if you get bad reception and you is holding it wrong then.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:53 2

3. tango_charlie (Posts: 64; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Following Sony's route by making most of their devices waterproof is a good idea. Now that outdoor icon on the teaser image from yesterday makes more sense. So the S5 could indeed be waterproof.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:53 1

4. pwnarena (Posts: 708; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


so this explains why the waterproof xperia zs are all thick.

see, if samsung can't do it, don't expect sony to be that magnificent to reduce the bezels while keeping the water-resistance

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:08 1

6. Taters (Posts: 2361; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Samsung will do it. It even says they might use the new thin ones from Daesan....

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:17

8. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I don't so "S5 Active" will be larger, thicker and heavier than S5, just like S4 Active.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 11:08 4

5. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Cos we will all be living underwater by 2015. I am keeping my goldfishes

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:13

7. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


No you wrong!
with waterproofing even without bulky, thick and expensive protective cases your smartphone will be available for you at any places.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:01

9. mrblah (Posts: 240; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


so S4 active and Note 3 side by side, same carrier, which has a better signal in the middle of nowhere?

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