Samsung dropping water resistance for Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge


One of the hallmarks for Samsung’s last round of flagship Galaxy S 5 devices was the IP67 certification, which meant Samsung could sell “water resistance” as a key feature that set it apart from other smartphone makers on the market. However, as Samsung has struggled to maintain lofty sales numbers every feature for the next version of their flagship, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 6 and close cousin the Galaxy S 6 Edge, was subjected to a thorough review as to whether it was worth including. Apparently water resistant qualities were not a big factor in swaying buyers to the Galaxy S line of devices and did not make the cut.

Given the extra cost to achieve the IP67 certification and the need to improve profit margins, combined with low interest from buyers, sources indicate Samsung’s new devices will not be water resistant. Buyers who want that extra measure of protection will have an option eventually though as Samsung reportedly will produce “Active” versions of their devices with water resistant qualities.

via: GSM Arena

New video tests waterproof qualities of Samsung Galaxy S 5


We’ve seen a video come out earlier showing how well a Samsung Galaxy S 5 can survive drops and being run over by a Tesla Model S. A new video released by TechSmartt tests the waterproof capabilities of the Galaxy S 5. Samsung is releasing this model with IP67 rating for water resistance. This means the smartphone should be able to survive being submerged in water 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes.

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Samsung announces the Galaxy S 4 Active smartphone



Well that certainly didn’t take long. After tons of speculation, a leak here and another one there, Samsung has finally come out of the dark and introduced the Galaxy S 4 Active smartphone to the general public. Identified as a more rugged version of the existing Galaxy S 4,the Galaxy S 4 Active features full IP67 certification— so the device is fully water and dust-proof, allowing users to do things like take some sweet photos underwater thanks to the device’s Aqua Mode feature or use the device during those difficult hikes. Complimenting the rugged exterior is a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, a 5-inch Full HD TFT LCD screen, 8MP camera + 2MP FFC and of course— Android 4.2.2 (accompanied by Sammy’s suite of software). So all in all— we’re looking at a rougher, tougher and stronger version of the Galaxy S 4, which is certainly welcome out here in the Android world.

The device will initially launch in 3 colors (Urban Grey, Dive Blue and Orange Flare) this summer in the U.S. and Sweden, followed by a more formal global rollout. You can find more details once you hit the flip and check out the full presser.

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Ultra-Rugged Kyocera Torque 4G LTE smartphone coming to Sprint

Sprint announced today the upcoming availability of the Kyocera Torque, a ruggedized 4G LTE Android smartphone. According to their press release, the Kyocera Torque meets the 810G MilSpec for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog and extreme temperatures. It also meets the IP67 standards for dust, sprayed water and full immersion of up to one meter for 30 minutes. The device has a 4-inch WVGA 800×480 LCD IPS screen backed by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and the ability to add microSD cards up to 32GB in size. The Torque will support both 4G LTE on Sprint’s network as well as the Direct Connect push-to-talk service. Kyocera includes their Smart Sonic Receiver technology on the device, eliminating the need for a speaker, relying instead on vibrations to transmit sound to the eardrum.

If you are interested in a device capable of surviving some severe duty, check out the full press release after the break for more information. Read more

Sony Xperia Go survives outdoor challenge, becomes ice cream sandwich

The Sony Xperia Go may only run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but German site A1 decided to see if they could get it to become one with an ice cream sandwich. Dousing the Xperia Go in ice cream was only one of several tests shown in a newly released video showcasing the ruggedness of the handset. The testers “helped” the Xperia Go experience a variety of plausible scenarios, like being dropped in a pool, left in a pocket for a ride down a waterslide, or even being run over by a car. Some of the tests were more farfetched, like being strapped to a soccer ball (football?), buried in sand or the aforementioned ice cream sandwich test. Despite all the attempts to rattle the Xperia Go, it survived and worked fine showing it is worthy of the IP67 rating it carries. Check out the video after the break to see how the Xperia Go did in all of the challenges.

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