Galaxy S5 to be waterproof, claims Korean media, and sport UV coating over the fingerprint sensor

Galaxy S5 to be waterproof, claims Korean media, and sport UV coating over the fingerprint sensor
Samsung Galaxy S5 itself, not some Active version, will be dust- and water-proof, claims Korean media, citing "local sources". It's not clear whether the phone will sport the IP57 or IP58 standards, or just be water-resistant. The sources simply say "users can clean the phone with water while it can sustain short durations of dunking the phone in water."

Sounds like IP57, where the phone can bear staying in three feet of water for up to half an hour, but we'll know for sure when it gets announced. This piece somewhat contradicts another rumor about the device - that it will still have a dedicated rugged version, Galaxy S5 Active of sorts - which Samsung allegedly aims to occupy 25% of the total S5 sales this year.

In addition, the tipsters spilled some beans regarding the rumored fingerprint scanner that will eventually arrive on the S5. They reiterate that it is integrated in the home button, but will need swiping, instead of simply tapping, like on Apple's iPhone 5s. They also mention that, while Apple is using sapphire coating for its Touch ID button, Samsung will go with "ultraviolet coating," whatever that means. Samsung has apparently tapped the US-based Validity for the fingerprint recognition sensor, but has done the surrounding packaging in-house, which jibes with previous reports on the matter

In any case, we'll be reporting live from the unveiling event on Monday, so grab the popcorn, and stay glued to the site. The Korean publication hints that, while Samsung might announce the Galaxy S5 next week, it won't be launched until later in March at the earliest.


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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And have bezels the size of a runway for a jet the same way the Z1 and One have? No thanks.

5. yudi.nemesis unregistered

If samsung keep using flimsy and thin plastic + nano coating I think they will be able to make the bezels smaller than Z1 or One. But if the S5 using more thicker and sturdier frame and back cover (like Nokia or Sony phones) with large image sensor + OIS and stereo speakers (like One) it will be bigger and thicker than "normal" phones.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Galaxy S4 Active disagrees. It has physical keys, smaller bezels, same display size yet smaller overall phone footprint. All that and a waterproof phone.,Samsung-Galaxy-S4-Active/phones/8000,7840 BTW, I would easily chose a 'flimsy' plastic phone than a tempered glass if they both do the same job in protecting me against water and falls and offer a me removable back cover.

8. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Galaxy s4 active is ip57 and xperia Z1 is ip58 with bigger battery and bigger camera sensor thats y its smaller than z1 so nothing to moan abt here. Xperia Z is ip57 and it's smaller than galaxy s4 active that is also ip57

12. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Yeah it seems many samsung fans never realize that the reason Z1 has large bezels is big image sensor, battery and IP certification. And when it comes to bezels you can't find any samsung waterproof phones with smaller bezels than Xperia UL. From what i know the only way you can make thin and bezelles waterproof phone is by using small and less durable components + nano coating.

16. techaman unregistered

its called sapphire coating

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

So, by your logic, why does Xperia Z have smaller battery than S4 Active ?

11. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Z1 has bigger image sensor, battery and thicker aluminum frame but in the same time Z1 also thinner than S4 Active. Z has smaller bezel than S4 active, and if i'm not mistaken there is a problem with S4 Active flimsy back cover. Waterproof phone will always be bigger or thicker than "normal" phone thats why bezelles sharp mini phone has thick body.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Doubt the back will be removeable if its waterproof unless they make a special locking mechanism to seal the devicem

15. techaman unregistered

samsung likes phone back to come off for sim batt micro duel sim and other things so i thing we will see uni-body aluminum with the plastic like back but unless you use sapphire for your screen you need bezel, if someone was to use an all front sapphire screen you would need little to no bezel and it would not brake when hitting the ground

10. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why dont u mentioned iphone 5s while u're at it

25. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

what's wrong with Z1 bezels? It looks normal. It's weird to have small bezels

2. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

really hope samsung does come out with one version of the s5 and make it rustproof and waterproof, that would be a REAL flagship phone instead of having different variants of the same device. can't wait for MWC!

3. X.E.R.O. unregistered

Ooo, Sony better look out.

9. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I think SONY is a threat to samsung thats y they will release waterproof version of s5. Samsung better watch out

17. techaman unregistered

sony cant hold against samsung because the market hold is so big when it comes to samsung how many sony phones can you get in american stores. also all you need is to put life proof case or use nano water repellent and no water problems, people using water proof phones under water are only trying to see one thing and we all know what that is

24. Väliaikainen unregistered

Do you know how huge and ugly thos "life proof cases" are?

21. MrTzr unregistered

If this is true then I will switch back to Samsung I think..

4. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

This is a good news .. I guess, People would love to have all-in-one flagship phones being dust-resistant, water resistant etc.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

What we have here is S-touch ID, and it's water and dust resistant like the uhm...yea, it's a cool feature.

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012


22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

sorry, couldn't help it

14. twens

Posts: 1186; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Stupid features. Just give me a slim bezel high resolution screen with modern processor and graphic units. Don't forget good battery life. I don't use my phones near water. Btw, pattern unlock is enough for me finger print can kiss my ass.

23. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Besides screen shattering... water damage is the other reason most phones break... In my opinion, the Anti Shatter Film placed in Sony phones + IP5X certification is the best way to receive an "insurance" in advance...

18. techaman unregistered

what we need is samsung to put a small not to bright led on front of phone for eye and face recognition other wise you cant use eye or face tracking or recognition at night or in dark place. both finger scan and retinal scan would be best summer with glasses on use finger fall and winter use eye because gloves are on.

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