When it comes to resistance to the elements, Samsung looks to believe in the old saying "if it's not broken, don't fix it." They have transferred the IP68 rating according to IEC 60529 which was first found on the S8 all the way to its 10th anniversary flagship, the Galaxy S10. Although this really sounds good on paper, it is natural to want to dig a little deeper and find out what the rating means.
To begin with, IEC standard 60529 outlines a series of standardized tests prepared by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which assigns a unit such as S10 a corresponding IP rating based on how well it resists water and dirt. According to the standard:
This standard describes a system for classifying the protection levels provided by enclosures of electrical equipment for two conditions: 1) the protection of persons against access to dangerous parts and the protection of equipment against the installation of fixed foreign objects and 2) the entrance of water. The level of protection against these two conditions is equipped with an IP code.
Although more popularly called "Ingress Protection", the "IP Code" stands for "International Protection" Marking and essentially means how good a smartphone is protected from water. These two elements are further separated into two classes which are shown as the numbers next to "IP."
The first number indicates a unit's resistance to dust or dirt, while the other number records how well protected a unit is from water seeps in and damages sensitive electronic components inside the galaxy S10 series of flagships have all been IP68 certified, which means that S10, S10 + and S10e can survive exposure to water and dirt for some time, here is a summary of the code to summarize. ] IP: The abbreviation for "Ingress Protection", the classification system for the unit's resistance to dust and water.
- 6: The IP value is the first Number of repeats denotes a unit's dust protection classification. Don't let the seemingly low number "6" fool you, but it actually means that S10 is completely shielded from dirt and debris.
- 8: Next up is the unit's water resistance, which is denoted by the second number of the grade. A score of "8" means that S10 can be completely immersed in water up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes and appears undamaged. In comparison, the older S7 score "7" caused it to survive a 30-minute dunk at a meter depth.
When all is said and done, the S10's IP68 rating means that you are relatively well protected against water-related hazards, from getting caught in a downpour, accidental toilet drops, to drinking spills directly onto your device. That being said, it is worth noting that this value is not bulletproof, and you still need to consider other factors such as chemicals and salt water, as these may still damage your S10.
The IP classification requires a certain level of protection against water and dust, but does not take into account chemicals and particles such as chlorine and flour that are usually dissolved in water. These contaminants, along with salt water, can be corrosive and not only destroy your S10 finish but also damage the rubber seals that seal your device and give it its IP68 rating first.
So if you thought this IP rating gives you a license to carelessly leave your S10 in your pocket while watering in the ocean, it doesn't. You should still be cautious about such environments, especially when you consider that Samsung will cancel your warranty (covering only the manufacturer's defects for one year and battery replacement for six months at the beginning) if your S10 becomes water damaged.
On the other hand, your protection against water damage significantly increases if you choose to sign up for Samsung Premium Care. This monthly subscription plan is for your S10 health insurance and provides you with up to three claims for a 12 month period, including water damage.