Is Your Smartphone Really Waterproof & Dust Resistant?

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One of the most attractive features on smartphones today is being “water” or “dust” resistant. But what does that really mean? Is your smartphone really water-resistant or dust-resistant? Can you submerge it underwater anywhere? Unfortunately, advertisement about this smartphone’s feature can be misleading. But we can check the International Protection(IP) rating codes to make things clearer.

IP codes are standards set forth by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). These codes were designed as a “system for classifying the degrees of protection provided by the enclosures of electrical/electronic equipment.” IP ratings normally consist of letters “IP” followed by one or two digits, for example, IP67 and IP68, and do not include hyphens or spaces.

Let’s first digest one of our above IP rating code example, IP67, to understand what each component represents for. Obviously, “IP” stands for “International Protection”, the first digit (6) stands for the degree of protection provided against the entry of foreign solid objects, such as fingers or dust, with protection levels ranging from 0 through 6, and the second digit(7) stands for the degree of protection against the entry of moisture, with protection levels ranging from 0 through 8. An “X” in place of first or second number means that the device hasn’t been tested against that respective protection.

To make it easy to undestand, below are tables that outline all of the protection levels set by the IEC.

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Now, based on the above tables, if your smartphone is IP67 rating certified that means it is protected from contact with harmful dust(code 6 of solid protection) and is also protected from immersion  in water with a depth of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes (code 7 of moisture protection). If a device is rated, for example, IPX7 that means it has no protection against any solid objects but it has protection from immersion in water with a depth of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

Take note, however, that any IP rating level is not a pre-requisite to the next higher level. It means that a smartphone rated with IP67 hasn’t been tested against solid protection levels 1 through 5 and might be unprotected from wires or screws and similar objects. And since the device hasn’t been tested also against moisture protection levels 1 through 6, it may not be advisable to take it with you in the shower or wash it in the faucet.

Moisture resistance testing are mostly performed in fresh water and your device might not withstand to salt water. Unless guaranteed by the manufacturer, do not try to go swimming to the beach with your smartphone in your pocket. Warm water or hot water in places like sauna bath may also not be safe for your device.

Obviously, if you ever try the “water-resistant” feature of your smartphone, just make sure all the flaps (such as those for charging ports) are closed before submerging your device. You should also avoid pressing any buttons while your smartphone is underwater.

Source: CNET

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Arrives in the Philippines

Starting April 18, 2015, Filipinos will rush to different Samsung Stores throughout the Philippines to take a hold of the newest and probably the best Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The price of these smartphones, as reported by Samsung Philippines, are  below:

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These smartphones will be available in the following stores starting April 18th:

NORTH LUZON:

SM Marilao
SM Pampanga
Harbour Point
SM Rosales
SM Baguio

METRO MANILA:
Abensons Avant Greenbelt 4
Automatic Centre Gateway

VISAYAS:
Aerophone SM Cebu
CELLCOM Robinsons Tacloban

Mark the date : April 18, 2015 and be the first to own this fantastic smartphone 😀

Meet the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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After Samsung announced its latest flagship model in Barcelona, Spain  this month, patrons can hardly wait to get a hold of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Alleged to be the entirely redefined smartphones by Samsung, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available in the market in April 2015.

Finally,  the company has responded to plastic build criticism as it decided to build the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge from metal and glass materials, with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protecting both front and back.  Samsung alledged that its latest flagship won’t bend. It’s also reported that the metal used to build these smartphones came from the metal materials used to build a plane.  If this is true….. Wow!

I won’t be talking here about all specs / features of these two smartphones. I will be talking only about the most interesting specs / features that were incorporated into these smartphones.

First,  the camera:
Installed with F1.9 lenses with 5MP and 16MP front and rear cameras,  respectively,  you can be sure of superior quality  even you take images in the dark. And the new “Quick Launch” feature provides you fast and direct access to the camera from any screen.  Just simply double tap the home key button and voila, the camera opens up even you are using another applications. Samsung said that the camera will launch in just 0.7 seconds but I believe it would still be affected by how much memory is being used by the current open applications at the time the camera is launched.

Second, the charging:
Wow!  I’m really excited about this new technology –  Wireless Charging. Would it be a new industry standard? And Samsung said their new technology is certified  by Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) which means these smartphones can be charged with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. That makes Samsung’s wireless charging technology universal. By the way,  WPC is the creator of Qi (pronounced “chee”) charging pad, while PMA is the creator of PMA charging pads.

Another great improvement is the speed of wired charging (using cable charger). Samsung said that Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge can be charged 1.5 faster than the Galaxy S5 and for only 10 minutes of charging your smartphone is good to go for about 4 hours.

Third,  the core technology:
Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are the world’s first 14nm mobile processor smartphones with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system, and UFS 2.0 flash memory which provide them higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption. You can also enjoy high resolution video streaming with less power. Thanks to the world’s first 1440P/VP9 hardware base codec. These might be the reasons why Samsung opted to install a lesser-capacity batteries on these smartphones.

The Quad HD Super Amoled also offers the highest pixel density of 577ppi on a 5.1-inch screen with outdoor visibility very much improved at 600cd/mm brighter display.

Fourth, the security:
The Samsung KNOX security platform has been enhanced. But the new thing I noticed on the security aspect is the Find My Mobile feature which secures lost devices and protects your personal information through a number of services, including the all new remotely controlled “Reactivation lock.”

Fifth,  the mobile pay:
This security-enhanced feature will be launched in the United States in the second half of this year. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint scanning, and advanced tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both Near Field Communication (NFC) and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology to make it device, merchant and card issuer agnostic.

NOTE : Check out the complete specs for Galaxy S6 here and for Galaxy S6 Edge here.

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SAMSUNG Released Animal Edition Battery Packs

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The help raise awareness about endangered animals, Samsung Electronics recently released the Animal Edition of its  battery packs product as part of the company’s ‘Charge the Life’ campaign.

As can be seen from the picture, the Edition will come in two sizes: the 8,400mAh and the 11,300mAh. The smaler sizes,  which is equivalent to more than three times the capacity of the new Samsung Galaxy S6, feature the Lesser Panda and the Fennec Fox. While the bigger sizes feature the Giant Panda and the Golden Monkey and more than four times the capacity of Galaxy S6. It can also charge a flat Galaxy Note 4 battery more than twice.

By the way, the animals are also featured in the mobile application ‘Charge the Life’ which is available in Google Play and Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Source: samsungtomorrow

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VAIO Smartphone to be released soon

Almost a year after Sony sold it’s PC business to Japan Industrial Partners, Inc. (JIP), the newly created VAIO Corporation decided to take it on against Sony’s smartphone business. Three days ago VAIO Corporation announced that it will be launching in Japan its VAIO Phone brand on March 20th in partnership with one of the country’s mobile carrier,  B-mobile.

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According to Engadget,  at 33 bucks (4,000 yen) per month Japan residents can get their VAIO’s first smartphone with unlimited data from B-mobile. Japan residents can also pick up the phone for about $420, or 51,000 yen.

VAIO Phone is considered a mid-range smartphone as it’s reportedly packed with the following basic features:

Dimension : about 141.5mm x about 71mm x about 7.9mm
Display : 5 inches HD 720 x 1280
OS : Android 5 (Lollipop)
Weight : 130g (includes lithium-ion battery)
Camera : 13 megapixel cmos, sub 5 megapixel cmos
CPU : 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor
Storage : 16gb
RAM : 2gb
Battery : 2,500mAh

The design and specs are almost similar to the smartphone from Panasonic called ELUGA U2  which is available in Taiwan and priced at a lesser 30,000 yen.

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