Samsung's claims that the Galaxy S5 has the kind of water-resistant properties you’d normally expect to find in a tough phone have been lent fresh weight today, after the handset passed a sink-or-swim test on video.
Conducted by the TechSmartt, the clip shows Samsung’s phone submerged in one metre (3.3 feet) of water for several minutes and come out dripping but very much alive and ticking. That suggests that Sammy’s proud boast that the phone is IP67-certified water-resistant might actually be underselling it rather.
More impressively, the TechSmarrt chaps then place the phone in a washing machine for a lengthy cycle.
Amazingly, despite the odd wobble that saw the phone switch off early on, it comes out as good as new with sawdust-dry innards and without so much as a crack on the display.
Why Samsung didn’t tout its phone’s properties louder is anyone’s guess. But it’s likely to do with potential legal claims from users over the lifetime of the handset.
The Galaxy S5 is set to go on sale on October 11th. The similarly water-resistant Sony Xperia Z2 is due in May.