Many of Samsung’s phones have IP ratings, often classing them as submergible. This is generally achieved by maintaining airtight casings, but with this deal Samsung appears to be adding an extra measure of protection from water damage for some of its devices.

P2i has not said which of Samsung’s phones the tech will be used in, but said that it would be “deployed across several smartphone designs from 2019”, implying that older models still in production from last year will benefit from the deal first.

“P2i’s Barrier is a next-generation waterproofing technology that provides higher levels of liquid protection and enables manufacturers to protect the components, even after water gets into the device,” a P2i statement explains.

“By using this approach, companies can protect the components on the Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) in the event of a spill or accidental short immersion into water.”

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