Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, and Pantech Vega Iron 2 all rumored to be waterproof
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is waterproof and dustproof, being the first Samsung mainstream flagship device like that. The decision to make the S5 water and dust resistant undoubtedly had something to do with Sony’s past few flagships all coming with these features. And with that, Samsung also got rid of the need to launch a Galaxy S5 Active variation for its new flagship. Hence, the Galaxy S4 Active was probably an experiment for the company to see how well it could make such rugged devices.
It turns out, however, that 2014 may be the year of waterproof flagships from all the Korean smartphone makers, not just Samsung. According to rumors originating in the company’s home country, it will continue the trend it started with the Galaxy S5 this fall, when it will launch the Galaxy Note 4. And yes, you guessed it, that will be waterproof too. Not surprising in the least, we might say, as Samsung’s two flagships (the spring-launching mainstream one and the fall-launching phablet) always share the most interesting features (with the exception of the Note-specific S Pen, of course).
But LG and Pantech won’t let Samsung have all the water-repellent fun. In fact, the LG G3 and the Pantech Vega Iron 2 are both going to be waterproof too, the report goes on to claim. These handsets should be announced in May, according to previous leaks and rumors. So far we’ve heard a few bits and pieces about them, but this is the first time when waterproofing is mentioned. As for the Galaxy Note 4, that’s so far away at this point that, as you’d expect, there are no other details about it floating around.
LG will apparently choose to use a different waterproofing technique compared to what Samsung’s done with the Galaxy S5, but it’s unclear whether that will be better, worse, or just – different. Yet we are hoping that this will help the G3 have a more manageable size, as in the case of the Galaxy S5 the waterproofing seemingly had an adverse effect on its bezels, making it quite a bit bigger than similar-sized, non-waterproof devices.
While it isn’t mentioned, dustproofing will almost surely go hand in hand with waterproofing for all of these three handsets, since it’s done so for every other waterproof smartphone that came before them.