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

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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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)

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10 Comments

1. Davidjan

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

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

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

10. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

4. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

8. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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

5. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

7. yudi.nemesis unregistered

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

9. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 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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