Samsung Galaxy S5's IP67 certification gets questioned, holds water

Samsung Galaxy S5's IP67 certification gets questioned, holds water
Samsung Galaxy S5 reviews are coming fast and furious, bridging the gap between the phone's announcement two weeks ago, and the actual April 11th release date. The latest one again comes from Russia, and this time we get to see how the IP67 certification of the phone holds water, literally.

The reviewers go through the usual routine of musings over the design, interface, chipset performance, and camera sampling, but in the meantime they decide to do a little waterboarding exercise on the device, whose results you can briefly see in the video below. The overall conclusions are what one would expect from an oversaturated AMOLED display, and a fast Snapdragon 801 processor, but the video playback test is what caught our attention. The Galaxy S5 survived 10 hours of continuous 1080p video playback - a sixth shy of the 12 hours promised in the S5 presentation. The conditions of the test were at full screen brightness, though, and with Wi-Fi on, which means that Samsung's new flagship might ultimately crush the endurance benchmarks, in relation to its battery capacity.

We will just spoil the ending by saying that the IP67 certification is real, despite that Samsung humbly calls the phone "water-resistant". It not only survives splashes of water jetting on it from all sides, but can also be immersed fully in up to three feet of the liquid, and stay there for half an hour, just as its IP67 tag suggests.



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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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44 Comments

1. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

correction : IP 67

2. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Even if it is certified for immersion, only an idiot will dunk this into water. Military grade equiptments have warranties for water damage.

3. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I love the idea of waterproof or water ressitant phone but most of its protection will be use in emergency or unexpected situations like rain or dropping the phone in water.

5. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

and this, my friends, is what you call talking to oneself

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Three comments lol.

24. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Here... Idiot me, enjoying my waterproof Xperia on the beach .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F11K2IkI2y0&list=UUaaAgsVrvs7IfWH3aSmR1TA

32. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Cool. Nice video.

4. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

Correction: Even military grade equiptments don't have warraties for water damage. P.S. PHONE ARENAS EDIT BUTTON DISAPPERS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It disappears after 240 seconds, which is more than enough time (most of the time) to find your mistake and edit your post.

12. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I really doubt that since I've been listening to a 3 minute music while writing the first two and tried to edit the first one before the music stop.

23. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So taking the risk of using my Xperia Acro S in the pool and beach to take pictures of my son makes me an idiot, according to you... Generalizations are not good mate. I have been using my phone in the pool, beach (snorkeling), shower, rain, etc.. for over a year now... and the fact that I have always been careful, and I frequently check the flaps, rubber sealing and casing to be safe... does not count? I also apply a small ammount of rubber vaseline to the sealing to prevent cracks and dryness... I bought this phone for those exact purposes, and to replace a broken Waterproof Olympus Point 'n Shoot Camera... If the phone wouldn't have met my needs I would have bought a different one already. My point is that the only Idiot here is the one who generalize or stereotype people...

30. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

What the hell Phone Arena! I got another warning letter from you while others here are posting far more offensive than mine. Here is a good idea. Let the readers vote to that if my post is offensive.

34. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Wait, what was offensive about your comments on this article? I see far more offensive comments from other people on the regular than what you posted here...

36. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Write offensive, no problem but dont use a word start from "i"... understand?

44. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

except iPhone or iDevices... they love those "i" words

10. alexnapo

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

Still my money will go to Sony...

22. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

then go buy the Z ,,, it's virtually the same phone as the Z2 .. at least both look the same .. And it's dirt cheap now

26. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

s-force speakers , 3gb , 20 MP , waterproof , best build quality , best screen in a smartphone ever , YOUR GS5 CANT BEAT THAT BRO ;)

27. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Don't troll, Z2 is leaps and bounds better than the Z. Camera, speaker, display, all of these things are a world better on the Z2.

40. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I think its time for you to go to the optician

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

But still we can put waterproof phones into the water once in a while. It's always nice to have something additional. Helpful when sudden drops into water and rainy season.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Waterproofing has never been an addition yet. More like a subtraction. You get waterproofing for the one time you need it in a year. I live in Vancouver and it rains a lot and I have never needed it once. You lose flap free ports, slim compact size and bezels, and you lose sound quality from the speakers. Sounds more like a subtraction to me....

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Z2 doesn't lose quality from its speakers let me tell you.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

They do, we will just never know good they would have sound without blanketing them with something to keep the water out. I didn't say they can't sound good, just worse than they would have.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

From what I've read so far, they're slightly better than the HTC One...

21. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It depends upon likes and varies from person to person. Some prefer bezels some not, flaps too are good against dust and losing sound quality from the speakers is not necessary, example is Z2.

35. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

The bezels are a perfectly fair trade off to me for IP-certification, the Z2 seems to have excellent speakers from everything I've seen and they even made the headphone jack waterproof this time... I think that for slightly bigger bezels on the sides that is a fair trade. Just like the bigger bezels on the top and bottom are a fair trade for stereo speakers to me.

16. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Nice job ! I was waiting for this.

28. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Samsung is a big joke. Can't wait for all the complaints when people take this into the shower or swim with it.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, people who take this phone into water are certainly going to complain based on the fact that every review so far has shown it to live up to its certification.

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