Samsung’s range of Galaxy Fold devices have a whole lot going for them. They’re the best foldable phones on the market, that’s hardly in dispute. They’re also attractive slices of metal and flexible glass, and they’re pretty expensive. Okay, maybe not that last point so much.
The Galaxy Fold has a few points against it: they’re considered fragile, they’re prone to breaking in weird and wonderful ways, and you can’t get them wet. Okay, about that last point…
Galaxy Fold IP-oh?
Samsung’s newest set of folding handsets, which includes the Fold and Flip lineup, are reportedly going to turn up with an Ingress Protection (IP) rating. That’s the thing various flagship devices include that stop R25,000 smartphone from expiring immediately on contact with water. SamMobile reports that both the Galaxy Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 2 will, according to their sources, include an IP rating.
Just what the nature of that IP rating is is clouded in mystery (until, probably, later this week) but it’s not likely to match the Galaxy S21 range’s IP68 protection (which is: dirt, dust and sand, plus water up to 1.5 metres in depth for 30 minutes). There’s no guarantee that the IP rating will include moisture protection at all and, arguably, Fold devices don’t need it. Because who drops a R50,000 smartphone in a toilet.
They do need protection from dirt and grit, however, and if Samsung’s done enough about that particular little hazard, it’ll be a welcome addition to the South Korean company’s more ambitious smartphone lineup.