Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy S21 flagship comes with an IP68 rating which means that it can withstand dust, dirt, and sand, and is resistant to submersion up to a maximum depth of 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes.
Before smartphone OEMs started rating their handsets for waterproofing, there was more than one water test uploaded on YouTube for every new handset. However, soon after smartphones came with waterproofing certifications, tech enthusiasts stopped performing these tests.
However, recently, a YouTube channel called Photo Owl Time Lapse has taken things to another level by leaving a perfectly working Samsung Galaxy S21 inside a water tank for 13 days. It has been more than 300 hours since the Galaxy S21 has been submerged at 50 cm underwater.
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According to the video description, the handset is doing pretty well in preserving its functions underwater. As soon as the smartphone was submerged, the moisture detection feature turned on. A few hours later the screen started misbehaving for a while. However, it started functioning again despite the moisture warning.
The speakers seem to have taken the biggest hit since they are not functioning anymore. The IP68 rating claims that the handset can survive being 1.5m deep into the water for only 30 minutes. Hence the Galaxy S21 has outdone itself. The experiment is still going on so it’s left to be seen how long the handset can survive.