Since the release of the first foldable smartphone in the industry, there have been consistent improvements in the foldable device field. In all honesty, as of now, foldable smartphones are far from perfect. This means that there are a lot of improvements that can be done to make them better. However, these devices are unique and we will continue to see foldable smartphones this year. According to a recent report, Samsung’s next two foldable smartphones will have an IP rating (water- or dust-proof). They are the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 2.
The reports show that it will come with dust and water resistance. However, the specific rating level is currently unknown. The IP rating levels are actually different. For instance, most smartphones in the market come with an IP67 rating. This rating means that the device has protection from dust and other foreign objects. In addition, it can work in 1m deep water for 30 minutes. For IP68, it is water-resistant and the depth of immersion increases to 1.5m for most devices.
There will be only two Samsung foldable phones this year
Furthermore, Samsung previously applied for a trademark called “Armor Frame”. This is expected to bring a stronger middle frame to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 2. In addition, the report said that the two phones are expected to be released in July, and the price of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may reach $2,000. Also, Samsung will not release another foldable smartphone this year. From the earlier speculations, Samsung may launch up to four foldable smartphones this year. This has so far proven to be wrong. Actually, the market is not ready for so many foldable smartphones in a single year. Considering the effect of the pandemic, consumers may not be willing to spend so much.
It is interesting to see that Samsung has an interest in the durability of its pricy foldable smartphones. From one generation to another, Samsung addresses durability issues. Recall that with the Galaxy Z Flip, the company introduces the first-ever Ultra-Thin Glass foldable display and a solid hinge. Subsequently, the Z Fold 2 also uses a UTG panel with a better hinge.
With the upcoming new models, the company is adding the IP rating. So far, no foldable smartphone from Samsung comes with an IP rating. However, with the latest reports, it appears that things are about to change.