Following rumors that Samsung Electronics Co.’s (KRX:005935) upcoming Galaxy S5 mini could be water resistant like its bigger version, the company’s New Zealand website reportedly has confirmed the feature on its warranty information section.
According to PhoneArena, Samsung’s New Zealand website said that a device warranty would be void if the Galaxy S5 mini is submerged in water for 30 minutes or more. Given that the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 Active, both of which carry an IP67 certification, also have the same warranty exclusions, it is likely that the Galaxy S5 mini could also be waterproof.
Reports surfaced earlier this month claiming that the Galaxy S5 mini's IP67 certification, which is administered by the International Electrotechnical Commission, meant that the device would be water- and dust-resistant.
Here is a break-down of the IP67 certification:
- IP means Ingress Protection
- The first digit is on a scale of 0 to 6, representing the level of dust protection the device offers (higher numbers are better)
- The second digit is on a scale of 0 to 9, representing the level of water protection the device offers (higher numbers are better)
While the PhoneArena report included a screenshot of the Samsung New Zealand website showing the Galaxy S5 mini name, the website appeared to have been updated after as the device name could not be found at the time of reporting.
In addition to its ability to resist dust and water, the Galaxy S5 mini is also rumored to feature a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, 2100 mAh battery and out-of-the-box Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
Although there is no information about the device’s release date and price, some earlier reports have suggested that the handset could be released sometime in June.