Report: LG G3 will be waterproof and dustproof

Report: LG G3 will be waterproof and dustproof
A report out of Korea on Sunday, says that the LG G3 is going to be waterproof and dustproof. This seems to be the new trend for top-shelf Android models which was started with the dunking of the Sony Xperia Z during the 2013 CES show in Las Vegas. Since then, all of Sony's high-end Xperia phones have included the feature, and last year Samsung offered the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active which can withstand being submerged in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes.

Other models, like some of the later Motorola DROID handsets, are protected from minor splashes. While never officially confirmed by the manufacturer, a teardown of the HTC DROID DNA revealed it to offer some minor protection from water as well. The HTC Butterfly is IPX5 certified, which protects it from water sprayed on it from a nozzle.

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is going to come with IP67 certification, the competition might have to consider making this more than a niche feature. Among the other high-end models expected to compete with the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One (2014) might not come to market with protection from water or dust. 

Keep in mind that today's report about the LG G3 is speculation, although it does make sense. The big question is whether smartphone buyers are as concerned with getting their handset wet as the manufacturers seem to think that they are.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: ETNews (translated)

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124 Comments

1. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

Maybe yes, maybe no. Maybe rain, maybe snow.

49. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Sony xperia Z was not the first Smartphone to have a waterproof ! Motorola Defy came long time ago. Even LG optimus G Nttdoccomo Japan version was a waterproof it came first than Xperia z.

52. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

ok then..

53. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

But the first high end waterproof smartphone comes from Sony, it's Xperia Acro S, and then Xperia Z. Sony started the waterproof trend in top-shelf smartphones.

56. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Panasonic ELUGA 2011@ MWC

57. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Who satarted WaterProof Smartphone? 2010= MOTOROLA DEFY 2011= Panasonic ELUGA @MWC 2012= LG Optimus G.(Japan) All these Smartphone came LONG TIME AGO Before XPERIA Z.

59. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Thank you for proving Sony fans wrong.

69. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Sorry, I'm not a Sony fanboy. I have a Samsung tablet(GNote 10.1 2012), I like the TouchWiz because of it's versatiliy, I like the S-Pen because of it's functionality, I like the camera quality. I also have some dissapointment on samsung. I have a Lumia 620, l like the ui because it's simple, l like the camera quality, but also I have some dissapointment on Nokia because my Lumia 620 still not getting Black update!!! I'm in Asia Pacific region.

92. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

What a dumb 'Sony' hater 's', use your mind 's' PapaSmurf & Gangs Read once again ''This seems to be the new trend for top-shelf Android models which was started with the dunking of the Sony Xperia Z during the 2013 CES show in Las Vegas'' No one said Sony Invented waterproofing, Sony popularized it in its top shelf main stream products. Got it? Then what about Sammy fan boy 's'? You people always argue that Samsung invented phablet category, and others (Especially Sony, When it comes to LG or HTC you guys don't even spit a word) copying it. Why don't you people ready to accept that before Note 1, there were big screen phones? Undoubtedly Samsung popularized phablet category, like that Sony did waterproofing flagships. Please give credit where its due., instead of showing hatred towards particular company.

100. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

OKAY it WAS NOT Sony who started waterproof Smartphone! as Most Sony fans claiming............... BOTTOMLINE; LG IS NOT COPYING SONY FOR MAKING A WATERPROOF LG G3!............. LG G3 IS NOT THE FIRST LG 'S WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE!

63. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Yes I'm wrong again, but let me clear this. Xperia Z is available in worldwide, while ELUGA and Optimus G(Japan) is in limited availability, so both of them can't start the waterproof trend.

66. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Still wrong.

70. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Please help me to make it correct.

112. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

lets all be subjective about this shall we? Sony had high end waterproof phones before the LG Optimus GJ (eg Xperia Acros S and Xperia J). im sorry LGisgood, but ur point abt the OGJ is wrong. LG has many first, and undoubtly one of the more innovative brands out there, but LG def wasnt among the first to put waterproofing/dustproofing onto a high end model. and before yall start the "___ did it first" cr@p on me, does doing stuff first mean u made it mainstream? no, for example: 1) Moto Atrix was probably had the first fingerprint scanner on a phone, but it wasnt until the iPhone 5s did fingerprint scanners become mainstream 2) LG had the first full capacitive touch screen phone but again, it wasnt until the iPhone did this catch on 3) Dell probably had the first phablet with the Streak but it wasn't until the Galaxy Note did phablets boom. plus, people (tech sites too) always refer to the start of the phablet craze with the Galaxy Note, and not the Streak. Sony might/might not have been the first to start waterproofing and dust proofing phones, but there is no denying that with the Xperia Z, Sony made waterproofing on high end models mainstream. in fact the words Xperia and waterproof literally go hand in hand now. for once, stop being such butt hurt fanboys

60. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Who really started HIGH END WATER PROOF Smartphone? Read: 2010 MOTOROLA DEFY 2011MWC Panasonic ELUGA Those Two came First than Sony Acro S. Before 2012 MWC LG Optimus G.Japan version this was came first before Xperia Z. Google it....

80. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

define "high end smartphone"!!

86. williandyzxz

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Ericsson R310s in 2000 xperia ative in 2011

84. royalsovereign

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

Go back to 2011 and see xperia active,then speak about waterproof phones by other companies,and Sony was the first one that built waterproof flagships

101. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

READ IT AGAIN......... MOTOROLA DEFY 2010 IT WAS A HIGH END SMARTPHONE DURING THAT TIME! Panasonic 's Flagship Eluga 2011 was announced First Before XPERIA Acro S. The main point her is LG IS NOT COPYING SONY FOR MAKING A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE!

103. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually the Moto Defy was NOT high end by any means... it was a Mid Ranger... while the Atrix was the one who was High End, and had almost double the specs... Defy, 0.8 GHz single core, 512 mb ram, 2 gb storage... Atrix, 1 GHz dual core, 1 gb ram, 16 gb storage. First world wide High End android smartphone to be waterproof was Sony Xperia Acro S. which matched (and exceded) their flagship Xperia S specifications... 1.5 GHz dual core, 1gb Ram, 16 gb storage, HD 344ppi screen, 12MP camera... IP55-IP57 So yeah... Sony was the one who indirectly gives you an SGS5 and LGG3 waterproofed...

105. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

lol FYI ;Motorola Atrix IS NOT A WATERPROOF Smartphone! so STOP mentioning it here! never go away from the main point "we are talking about a ''WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE" lol and YES Motorola DEFY was a kind of 2010's HIGH END smartphone IF NOT? STILL A SMARTPHONE! HOW CAN YOU SAY MOTOROLA DEFY IS A MID RANGE SMARTPHONE? Please...DON 'T EVER TRY TO COMPARE THE SPECS of present 2014's High end smartphone to Past 2010's High End specs. was there any other waterproof Smartphone at that time ? Did Sony Make a Waterproof Smartphone at that time? FYI Sony Xperia Acro S. DID NOT RELEASE WORLDWIDE!!!! SONY Acro S was NOT THE Sony's Flagship phone at that time. technically FUTJITSU

107. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

again..........and again..... The main point here is LG IS NOT COPYING SONY FOR MAKING A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE! SONY IS NOT THE FIRST MANUFACTURER TO MADE A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE! IF YOU THINK LG IS COPYING SONY BY MAKING A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE? SORRY TO TELL YOU SONY WAS ALSO COPYING MOTOROLA, PANASONIC, FUTJITSU FOR MAKING A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE... SHAME ON YOU SONY FANBOYS...

108. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I never said the Atrix was waterproof... I merely stated that the Atrix WAS the flagship, while the Defy WAS the middle class... I was comparing the Atrix / Defy since they both were 2010 phones... Learn to read... Sony Xperia Acro S could be found in North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania... so that is almost worldwide... I own it and live in Venezuela... so yeah... Sony Xperia Acro S was the waterproof version of their flagship! so that makes it a flagship... specially when they didn't leave any feature out... Sony Ericsson Xperia Active was the one that was made to compete with Motorola Defy... and BOTH of them were middle class phones... You only write crap without any sense or knowledge...

109. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

lol you don't get it!man. who said Motorola Atrix is A waterproof? did i say you said that?lol "I was comparing the Atrix / Defy since they both were 2010 phones..." YOU SHOULD NOT BECAUSE WE ARE JUST TALKING ABOUT A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE! SONY XPERIA ACRO S. WAS NOT A FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE! SONY XPERIA ACRO S. WAS NOT THE FIRST WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE IN HISTORY! SONY XPERIA ACRO S. DID NOT RELEASE WORLDWIDE! AT LEAST LEARN TO KNOW THE POINT ! GET YOUR FACT! AND DO YOUR HOME WORK... DON'T MAKE FALSE STORY LOL

110. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LEARN TO UNDERSTAND THE FACT! SONY XPERIA ACRO S. WAS NEVER BEEN A FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE! SONY XPERIA ACRO S. WAS NOT THE FIRST WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE ! SONY XPERIA ACRO S. DID NOT RELEASE WORLDWIDE! SONY MOBILE WAS NOT THE FIRST MANUFACTURER TO MADE A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE! LG , AND SAMSUNG ARE NOT COPYING/FOLLOWING SONY IN MAKING A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE. STOP ASSUMING ! SHAME ON YOU..........

113. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

u keep saying the Acros S wasnt released worldwide, well the OGJ and Eluga werent released worldwide either so why keep bringing them up??? PLUS the Xperia V was a Sony flagship and it was released worldwide before the OGJ

115. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LOL WHO TOLD YOU OGJ WAS RELEASED WORLDWIDE? WHO TOLD YOU ELUGA WAS RELEASED WORLDWIDE? PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE TOPIC BEFORE YOU INTERRUPT ...... IM JUST DESTROYING THESE SONY FANS WHO SAID LG & SAMSUNG ARE COPYING SONY FOR MAKING A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE... I JUST SHOWED THEM THAT SONY WAS NOT THE FIRST MANUFACTURER TO MADE A WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE...THAT'S ALL... READ FIRST BEFORE BARKING HERE LOL...

117. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

b*tch dont come for me with ur half a$$ logic and caps lock typing skill. u keep harping on the fact tt the Acros S wasnt released ww than why do u keep mentioning OGJ? go back to elementary school and get some logical thinking skills

106. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Technically THE WORLD'S FIRST WATERPROOF FLAGSHIP SMARTPHONE WAS PANASONIC ELUGA NOT SONY ACRO S. LG Optimus G ( Japan) was also a Flagship Smartphone ! NEVER FORGET The WATERPROOF Samsung Galaxy Xcover Long time ago before The Galaxy S5! SONY FANS SHAME ON YOU.......

114. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

and if u scroll up the comments, the one who brought up abt LG possibly copying Sony for waterproofing was you. so... have several seats boo

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