Long-term readers will attest (possibly) that I’ve been saying for a while that all smartphone flagships should be water and dustproof as standard. Here’s me saying as much back in January 2013. When you’re paying £500 for a hunk of phone, the least they can do is throw in some extra protection.
Taking a page out of the Sony Xperia Z’s book, we’re told that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be water and dustproof as standard. As it bloody well should.
That’s the story according to ZDNet Korea, with credit going to “local sources” that wish to remain anonymous lest they wind up sleeping with the fishes.
One of the shadowy figures says: “For the previously released Galaxy S4, water-proof and dust-proof capabilities were adapted to the handset’s variants. But for the Galaxy S5, the standard model will have them immediately.”
The only tradeoff was the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active's rear camera being 8MP, compared to 13MP on the flagship, but otherwise, it was arguably a better phone.
Of course, the jury’s still out on the Samsung Galaxy S5 having a metal body, but water and dustproof certification sounds good to us.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 launch will almost certainly go down at Unpacked5, in just five days' time.