A few weeks ago we had exclusively revealed that the Galaxy z flip 3 and the Galaxy z fold 3 would come with an official IP rating. However, we didn’t have the information on their exact IP rating, and many expected Samsung to make its next foldable phones splash-proof.
Max Weinbach has now revealed that the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 are rated IPX8. If this information is true, Samsung’s next foldable smartphones could remain protected even when submerged in water (up to 1.5m for 30 minutes). This is similar to the IP rating of conventional Samsung flagship smartphones, such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Flip3 and Fold3 are IPX8 https://t.co/Lenz8aOuCV
– Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) July 21, 2021
Foldable smartphones won’t be dust-proof, however, which is understandable given the moving parts of the hinge. Samsung had developed a brush-shaped mechanism which removes dust particles from the hinge of its foldable smartphones, and the company may have improved it on the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3. However, it seems that this is not enough to get a dust protection index.
It looks like Samsung has really improved the designs of its next series of foldable smartphones by making them thinner, more compact and more durable. In addition to featuring an IP rating, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 also feature more durable UTG (Ultra Thin Glass) screen protection and a lower gap between their two sides when they are folded.