Samsung Galaxy S23: Is it Waterproof?

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Samsung Galaxy S23: Is it Waterproof?
The race for the best Android smartphone for 2023 has already begun, and one of the major contenders for the title is already here. Enter, the Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup, the Korean tech giant’s latest flagship series.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra starts at $199.99 with trade-in

The S23 Ultra is now officially in stores. Get up to $750 instant trade-in credit, and $100 instant credit from Samsung with the purchase. The phone starts at $199.99 with an eligible trade-in for AT&T or T-Mobile.
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Galaxy S23 Plus starts at $119.99

You can now get the Galaxy S23 Plus with up to $700 in trade-in discount from Samsung. Save even more if you go for T-Mobile or AT&T.
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Galaxy S23 for free with trade-in (AT&T and T-Mobile), save on unlocked model too

Go with T-Mobile or AT&T right off the bat and you can pay nothing for a vanilla S23 with 256GB storage (with an eligible trade-in). Verizon's version starts at $59.99 with trade-in. Or pick an unlocked model and cough up $159.99 after trade-in credits.
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Given the price point of the device, naturally, buyers would want their S23 to last longer. Hence, it is important for the latter to be able to survive some form of environmental punishment. Luckily, Samsung has a lot of experience with durable smartphones, and just because the Galaxy S23 is pretty does not mean it cannot stand the test of the elements.

But are the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and the Galaxy S23 Ultra waterproof? Read along to find out whether you should be taking your fancy new smartphone for a swim.

Is the Galaxy S23 waterproof?

It should be noted that almost no smartphone on the market is waterproof per se. Strictly speaking, most devices are only water-resistant to a certain extent, the Galaxy S23 lineup being no different.That being said, the entire Samsung Galaxy S23 family does feature an IP68 certification rating. We will explain in detail what that stands for in the next section. 

However, in layman’s terms, said rating roughly means that all Galaxy S23 models can be submerged for 30 minutes in water that is up to 1.5 meters deep, without suffering any damage in the process. In short, under normal circumstances, exposure to most liquids is not a problem. However, bear in mind that seawater should still be avoided and prolonged submersion is never ideal.

What does IP68 certification mean?

The ingress protection rating (i.e. for what the letters “IP” stand for) measures the extent to which the internals of a device are protected from external elements such as liquids and small particles.

The first number (0-6) of the IP rating reflects the level of protection from small particles, while the second (0-9) — from liquids. In the case of the Galaxy S23, the number 6 means that the device is effectively dust-tight, with no ingress of dust being possible. The number 8, on the other hand, indicates that the smartphone can survive full immersion, under the aforementioned conditions.
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