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Nano-coating could make Galaxy S3 water resistant

March 16, 2012

Making gadgets resistant to water has been a big trend this year, with various manufacturers choosing to fit their smartphones and tablets with water protection systems.

But not all producers use the same technology – some devices, like the Panasonic Eluga, are waterproofed, meaning that their sensitive internal components are shielded from the elements through a gasket or some other type of seal. As a drawback, waterproofing adds bulk to the device and the seal can wear in time.

Other devices are water resistant, meaning that, even if their inner workings are not insulated, the device will withstand just about any splash. This is done through coating every component of the smartphone or tablet with a fine layer of a hydrophobic material, which effectively repels water. We’ve seen this amazing technology already on the Motorola Xoom 2 (see video) and other devices from Moto, which uses a nano-coating technique supplied by P2i, Inc.

Now, P2i is out to get some much bigger fish. How big? Galaxy S3-big!

Samsung interested in making its devices water-repellent

In an interview with TechRadar, Eric Cohill, COO of P2i, said that water repellency has drawn the attention of the biggest names in the tech world, including the “fruity companies” and the “big Korean brands”. Now, I don’t think that Cohill’s thin-veiled allusions need any translations. And we know that Samsung is set to build a true superphone, so adding some protection against water to the S3 would make great sense.

p2i water repellent

Making the Galaxy S3 water-repellent would be a major advantage for users, who won’t have to worry that much about using the S3 in the rain or dropping it in a puddle (but don’t count on it, it’s only water-repellent, not waterproof, remember?). But the move would also benefit carriers and possibly even Samsung, through smaller reparation costs and less warranty problems. Water corrosion can pose major problems — especially when using the device in moist environments, you don’t even have to drop the phone in a liquid to get internal corrosion. So, improving the water resistance of the Galaxy S3 would be a win-win-win scenario. Not to mention a huge win for P2i, which will get a fat account for its product.

An unbreakable device?

Just imagine how much abuse the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be able to take if the rumor mill is right.

The device will be nano-coated for water repellence. It will be protected by a ceramic back plate/casing, which, we are willing to bet, will be shock resistant. The touchscreen may very well be covered in Gorilla Glass 2 – Corning said that the first devices to sport its next-gen super-glass would come in April-May, which means that Gorilla Glass 2 may arrive just in time for the Galaxy S3 fiesta.

We can take the speculation even further – it’s no secret that Samsung is working on devices with flexible displays, which are almost unbreakable, because they use a plastic as a substrate, instead of fragile glass. It may be far-fetched, but it’s not crazy to speculate that the Galaxy S3 may use a flexible display, especially when you consider that flexible displays make the fabrication of bezel-less devices a snap. Unfortunately, that’s the least plausible spec on our wish-list. Samsung is probably not able yet to deliver the millions of flexible displays that would be required to produce the S3.

But for now, these are all rumors.

Until Samsung drops the Galaxy S3 bomb on us, we can’t do more than speculate. What do you think? Will the Samsung Galaxy S3 be water-resistant? What other specs you expect it to have?